Marblehead girls track hopes to race to the top

The great indoors will have to substitute for the not-so-great outdoors as the Marblehead girls? track team prepares for the season. Snow, wind, ice, and cold have forced the team inside to begin spring practice.
Brian Crowley, who coaches both the girls and the boys in Marblehead, welcomed an enthusiastic group Monday afternoon. Last spring. the Marblehead girls went unbeaten in the Northeastern Conference, and there?s a quiet confidence among the Magicians that they can do it again.
Senior captain Carlyn McGrath, who competes in the hurdles, high jump, and long jump, said she and her teammates have been preparing for the spring season for a long time.
?We lost a couple from indoor-outdoor last year, we always seem to have a pretty strong team, we?ve always been a strong team, we?ve always had depth on the team, and I think that with this group, hopefully, we can go undefeated again and win the conference,” McGrath said.
?We are going to have people step up, especially in the long jump and the triple jump, where we’ve lost people, and I think we can do it, I think we have the people that can step up and fill those gaps.”
Faith Ferrucci, another senior captain, will be competing in the discus and the shot put, and she shared McGrath?s enthusiasm for this spring?s team.
?This year I?m really looking forward to the relays, we have talent runnings relays, and I?m looking to do my best, really have a great spring,” Ferrucci said. “It?s been tough throwing in the batting cages, not really the same as being outside.
?What all of us are doing right now, especially in the field events, is work on our technique, do the best we can until we get out there,” Ferrucci said.
?This has certainly been a little chaotic so far this season,” said captain Kathleen Huber, who runs the 800. “We’re trying to make the best of the situation and get ready as best we can.”
Seniors Huber, McGrath, Ferrucci, and Julia Lothrop are the four captains.
The opening meet at home against Revere on March 31 may soon be postponed since the Magicians? track is a long way from being ready. If so, Marblehead will open by taking on Swampscott April 7.
?I?m pretty sure we?re going to start with Swampscott,” Ferrucci said.
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