Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Girls Sprint Medley Relay Break School Record at Nationals; Palin Places 2nd Overall in 2 Mile in Nationals Emerging Elite!!

Newell, Palin, Proud Coach, Dion, & Loring  Share a Special Moment at Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina!
On Day 1 at the New Balance Outdoor High School Track and Field Championships, the Norton girls Sprint Medley Relay of Julia Newell (200 leadoff), Kirsten Loring (200 2nd leg), Kylie Dion (400 3rd leg) and Julia Palin (800 Anchor) broke the Norton school Record previously held by Brooke-Lynn Williams, Bella Berardi, Kambrynn Bowman, & Julia Palin from 2017 of 4:16.30 with a 4:15.40. Julia anchored the 800 in a season beat 2:18 and the team placed 20th overall in the emerging elite at Nationals. What an accomplishment on the big stage! 

Julia Palin and Her Hardware!
On day 2 in the Two Mile, Julia Palin ran an incredibly smart race in 88 degree weather pacing the first mile at 5:30 and crossing 12th with her patience paying off coming back in a 5:31 second mile and with her kick coming in 2nd overall in the emerging elite 2 mile race at Nationals with a 11:01.89 earning her a 2nd place medal.  What an absolutely incredible accomplishment Julia! Julia will now move on to LSU to run cross country & track and field for the Tigers! 

Julia Newell Leads the SMR off! 

#Handoffsfordays - Loring to Dion Looking Good! 

Sophomore Kylie Dion Sprinting the 400 Leg 

3rd Leg 400 Meter Runner Dion to Anchor Julia Palin in the 800! 

Norton Representing with the Nattys Backpacks & Baton!

Post-Race Celebratory School Record Smiles!

Celebrating Nationals with the Track Fam! 

Jpay - The Legend - 14 School Record Holder 

Last Race of Her High School Career Was One for the Norton Track History Book! 
And what a season it was! Good luck to all of our amazing seniors who are moving on to college. We love you all and wish you the best. Have a wonderful summer and  we will see you next year! 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Boys Decathlon Team of Paul Wisnaskas, Peter Rivard, & Pat Bingel Place 3rd Overall at the MSTCA Decathlon!

The 3 P's: Pat, Peter, & Paul! 

The boys decathlon team of Paul Wisnaskas, Peter Rivard, and Pat Bingel placed 3rd overall as a team at the MSTCA Decathlon after 2 days and 10 grueling events!

Freshman Paul Wisnaskas was EIGHT POINTS AWAY from qualifying for NATIONALS...again...as a FRESHMAN! He scored 5,392 points, good enough for 5th place overall!

Teammate Peter Rivard placed 16th overall (4570 points), while outgoing senior captain Pat Bingel placed 24th overall (4331 points)!

Their combined points was good enough to snag the 3rd place team plaque!

Coach Stalters with the Boys & Their Coveted MSTCA Singlets (Achieved for scoring in the top 25 overall!)

Captain Pat Bingel Doing What He Does Best: Smiling (Certainly Not Shotput)! 

Some highlights included Paul's win in the High Jump with a leap of 5' 11.5", Patrick's 1500 2nd place finish in 4:31.80, Paul's 4th place 110 Hurdle finish with a 16.16, and Paul's 6th place 1500 meter finish of 4:37.40.

Norton will next compete at the NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS this Saturday (6/9) at the University of New Hampshire in the 2 Mile with JULIA PALIN (ranked 4th overall!!)

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Julia Palin is the Runner-Up in the 2 Mile at ALL-STATES, Qualifies for New England's AND Nationals with a new PR and SCHOOL RECORD by 10 seconds; Freshman Paul Wisnaskas PR's in 400 Hurdles, Boys 4x800 Post 2nd Fastest Time in School History!

Julia Awaiting Her Medal After Her 2 Mile

The Fastest 2 Milers in the State of Massachusetts, Julia Palin Runner-Up! 
Placing 2nd Overall at the MIAA ALL-STATE Meet (all divisions) in the 2 Mile, senior captain Julia Palin ran a 10 second school record (her own) of 10:57.58!! She qualified for the New England Championships and with that time, qualified for Nationals in the  2 mile!! What an incredible accomplishment Julia!  We are all SO proud of you! 

Mary Diestel placed 12th Overall in the Pentathlon with 2454 points.  In her final race of her career, she WON the 800 Meters in 2:30.09!  Congrats to you Mary! 

Norton's First Ever All-State Pentathlete Wins the 800 Meters and Will Take Her Talents to UVM!
Placing 15th Overall, Paul Wisnaskas in the 400 Hurdles (57.49) ran a personal record, ran the fastest freshman time in Massachusetts this year, the #2 freshman hurdle time in the USA this year, and was the only freshman to qualify for All-States in 400 Hurdles. Congrats on a statement rookie season Iceman! 

Paul Wisnaskas was the only Freshman 400 Hurdler to Qualify for All-States 
Placing 17th Overall, Austin Carroll, Thomas Bingel, Pat Bingel, and DJ Nihill in the  4x800 posted a 8:17.48, which is the 2nd fastest 4x800 time in school history. Congrats on an incredible season men! 

The PR 4x800 Team of Thomas Bingel, Patrick Bingel, Austin Carroll, & DJ Nihill
Placing 24th overall in the state of Massachusetts, Meg Nichols threw the shotput 32' 0.75".  

Meg Nichols Performing at All-States! 
And finally, placing 25th overall in the State, Ian Pereira (400 Meters) ran a 53.13!  

Ian Pereira Getting Into the Blocks for His 400 Meters

Alumni & Fitchburg State Track Athlete Kambrynn Bowman Celebrating With Her Old Teammate Julia Palin! 

Julia Getting Congratulations From Her Dad and Others!
Next up for the Lancers is the MSTCA DECATHLON this coming Tuesday & Wednesday with Pat Bingel, Peter Rivard, & Paul Wisnaskas! 

Julia Palin will be competing at the NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS this coming Saturday, June 9th at the University of New Hampshire! 

Monday, May 28, 2018

Palin & Wisnaskas are D3 STATE CHAMPIONS!! 9 Norton Athletes are Moving On to All-States!

Julia Palin (2 Mile) & Paul Wisnaskas (400 Hurdles) are D3 State Champs! 

The Family 

Your Norton D3 States Medalists (Minus Meg Nichols)! 
It was an incredible performance for the Norton Lancers in their first ever appearance at the Division THREE State Championship!  Out of the 51 schools at the MIAA Division 3 State Championship, the girls placed 8th overall, while the boys placed 11th!  The Lancers will have nine athletes moving on to All-States, a commendable feat for their first time in Division 3. D3 had some very tough competition, including some of the best schools in the entire state, all divisions, including Milton, Tewksbury, Wakefield, North Reading, and Pembroke. 

Leading the way for the Lancers was Senior Captain Julia Palin who ran a smart race in VERY HOT conditions (85 degrees) in the two mile and eventually asserted her dominance in the second mile as she extended her lead over the course in the final four laps with negative splits to win by 26 seconds!  This is Julia's first ever individual Outdoor Track State Championship (she has an indoor D4 title to her name in the 1000 Meters)! We are so proud of you J-Pay! Julia will get her chance to move on to the All-State Championship next week and flex her muscles against the best in the entire state of Massachusetts, all divisions! 

J-Pay Sprints the Final 100 Meters in the 2 Mile to Win by 26 seconds! 

That Smile Says it All! Division 3 State Champion! 
FRESHMAN phenom Paul Wisnaskas lead the way for the boys with his amazing D3 State Champion performance in the 400 hurdles of 57.51, which is the SECOND FASTEST 400 HURDLE TIME IN THE USA from a freshman this year!! Winning a state championship as a freshman is incredible and the ICEMAN SUPREME was leading by the 6th hurdle and never looked back as he attained a new personal record. With each meet this season, he is getting better and better. Paul is a force to be reckoned with if he is this good at this age! 

#2 Freshman in the USA (400 Hurdles) & His Hardware After Being Named Mass D3 State Champion! 

Senior Captain Mary Diestel was the runner-up in the D3 State Pentathlon with a new school record of 2595 (previously held by Sarah Driscoll in 2016 with 2111) and grabbed 8 more points for the Lady Lancers. Mary PRed in 100 hurdles by a second: 17.53, was close to PR in high jump (4' 9.5") and WON the event, after 2 fouls in long jump she jumped a PR by an inch and a half in a pressure packed final jump (15' 4.5"), shotput was 20' 0.25", and then she went on to WIN the 800 in a massive lifetime PR of 2:27.82.  After four years of working hard at so many events, Mary's hard work paid off and she will be competing at All-States this Thursday!

Mar-Bear Donning Her Second Place MIAA D3 Medal! 

Mary Performing in All 5 of Her Events in the Pentathlon
Senior Captain Ian Pereira grabbed a second place finish overall as well in the 400 Meters with a lifetime personal record of 51.15. 

Senior Captain Ian Pereira After His Second Place Finish in the 400 Meters! 
Senior Captain Meg Nichols had a great performance as well in the shotput with a lifetime best toss by a foot and half of 35' 0.25" to move up from being ranked 10th overall to 4th and qualifying for ALL-STATES!!  She also was able to grab a 15th place overall in the discus with a throw of 91' 1". 

Meg Nichols Doing What She Does Best! 

Michaela Whiteside, Coach Whiteside, & Meg Nichols (With Medal) Share a Pose After the Shotput 
The next placement was the boys 4x800 meter relay who ran the second fastest time in school history with a smoking fast 8:20.27 for a second place overall finish punching a ticket to All-States as well! Team members were: Austin Carroll, Thomas Bingel, Pat Bingel, & DJ Nihill! 

DJ Nihill, Pat Bingel, Thomas Bingel, & Austin Carroll Place 2nd Overall at D3 State Championship in the 4x800! 
The final point-getters at the state meet were freshman Bella Pietrasiewicz who placed 6th overall in  the 800 meters in easily the most stacked race of the day at States in a very patient and smart race with a 2:21.16! She also helped the girls 4x800 medal and place 6th overall in a very close race with the second fastest 4x800 run in school history of 9:58.36 with senior captain teammates Julia Palin, Katie Bradley, & Mary Diestel! 

The Protege & Her Apprentice: Julia Palin & Bella Pietrasiewicz 

Norton Girls 4x800 Medals in 6th Place with Mary Diestel, Katie Bradley, Bella Pietrasiewicz, & Julia Palin. 
4x800 Girls Exchanges
The other qualfiers for the D3 State Meet placed as follows: 

9th Overall - Mary Diestel - 400 Hurdles: 68.87 

9th Overall - Paul Wisnaskas - 110 Hurdles: 16.06 

9th Overall: Corey Stalters - Javelin: 141' 9"

12th Overall - Kirsten  Loring - 200 Meters: 27.68* SEASON BEST!

12th Overall - Julia Newell, Lex Sousa-Shumosic, Kirsten Loring, & Heather Kurland - 4 x 100 Relay: 51.84* SEASON BEST!

14th Overall - Kylie Dion - 400 Meters: 62.68* SEASON BEST! 

15th Overall - Sam McGrath, Peter Rivard, Ian Pereira, & Paul Wisnaskas: 45.47* SEASON BEST!

19th Overall - Michaela Whiteside - Shotput: 30' 6"

19th Overall - Ian Pereira, Aiden Lerner, Peter Rivard, & Ethan Tetrault - 4 x 400: 3:45.30

20th Overall - Julia Newell - 100 Meters: 13.66 

Boys 4x100 of Iceman, Peter Rivard, Ian Pereira, & Sam McGrath Get a Season PR at D3 States!

Girls 4x100 of Kirsten Loring, Heather Kurland, Lex Sousa-Shumosic, & Julia Newell Move Up in Rankings with a Season PR!  All of these phenoms return next year!!
Mary Diestel Running the 400 Hurdles

Kirsten Loring Starting the 200 Meters 

Family Squad Pic at Base Camp
Freshman Heather Kurland Anchoring the 4x100 and Winning Her Heat!

Chris Liebherr & Fans! Thanks for all your help today Chris!  
So as you can see, it was an incredible day for the Lancer squad! Congrats to all the athletes who qualified for the meet and competed! 

We are looking forward to next week as NINE Lancers qualified to compete at Fitchburg State University at the MIAA ALL-STATE MEET which starts at 3:00 in the afternoon! The following athletes have qualified: 

Julia Palin - 2 Mile (4:30 PM) 

Paul Wisnaskas - 400 Hurdles (~4:55 PM) 

Meg Nichols - Shotput (~5:30 PM)

Ian Pereira - 400 Meters (7:15 PM) 

Austin Carroll, Thomas Bingel, Pat Bingel, & DJ Nihill - 4 x 800 Relay (~7:50 PM)

Mary Diestel - Pentathlon  (Held Thursday at FSU starting at 2:00 PM) 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Norton TVL Awards Announced!

TVL MVP: Julia Palin 

TVL All-Stars: Mary Diestel, Meg Nichols, Julia Palin, Bella Pietrasiewicz, Ian Pereira,  Paul Wisnaskas 

TVL Sportsmanship Award: Norton Girls AND Norton Boys

TVL Honorable Mention: Michaela Whiteside, Austin Carroll, Aiden Lerner, Peter Rivard, & Corey Stalters 

Newell, Loring, Dion, & Palin Pace Their Way to NATIONALS!!

Incredible!! The girls Sprint Medley Relay broke the meet record at the Last Chance to Qualify Meet at Notre Dame Academy in Hingham yesterday! They also QUALIFIED FOR NATIONALS with a 4:16.32 (the qualifier was 4:17.00)!! The girls had no one to run against as the other team withdrew due to injury so they had to pace it just on time. With two incredible opening legs from both Julia Newell out of the blocks with a perfect handoff to Kirsten Loring, the baton was given to sophomore Kylie Dion who ripped up the track with a new PR split of 62.3 in the 400!  Julia Palin does what she does and paced her way into the national qualifier with a smoking fast 800 to close it out! Congrats to you all: Julia Newell, Kirsten Loring, Kylie Dion & Julia Palin for advancing to the big stage in Greensboro, North Carolina the third weekend in June!