Q&A: Girls’ indoor track captain recounts season successes


Kelvin Crispo

Junior Mackenzie Clark competes in the shot-put event at the track meet held in Shrewsbury on Dec. 14.

Zoe Manousos, A&E Editor

The girls’ indoor track season ended with a record of 4-4, led by captains seniors Ellie Westphal and Elly Hansen and juniors Colleen Donohoe and Mackenzie Clark. Donohoe recounts the team’s successes from this past season.

How was the season overall? What worked for your team and what did not work?

“Overall, the season went well. We didn’t place very well, but that’s okay because we worked really hard together. Something that worked well for our team was how we divided practices. Mid-distance and distance training started at 3 p.m., and sprints, jumps and throws started at 4:30 p.m.. That worked for us scheduling-wise and we had individual coaches for individual events, and we all worked hard together.”

What is your team dynamic like and how do you work together?

“The dynamics for track are always a little bit different because of the different events that people participate in. For instance, my distance crew has a different dynamic than the [sprinters], but something that we all have in common is that we’re always supportive of each other. We’re always there to pick you up no matter what event you do, which is really fun.”

What was the most challenging part of this season?

“There weren’t that many challenges for us. We ran, we threw, we jumped and we had a good time doing it.”

What was a highlight of this season for the team?

“We won one meet, which was our last dual meet. It was fun because the boys also won and it was both of our first times winning.”

What players especially stepped up this season and how?

“I would say [junior] Audrey Helwig really did. She was reaching personal records in almost every race. She was getting medals and doing what she needed to do to win.”

What is coming up for the team and what do you think next season will look like?

“Most people are going to continue to train through the spring, but we’re just going to keep running, resting and stretching. We’ll be staying hydrated, staying healthy and staying well.”