See the athletes and coaches chosen for this year's All-Scholastic team.
Athlete of the Year
Coaches of the year
Athlete of the Year
Margie Cullen, Needham, senior
Cullen dominated the mile and 2-mile events. She captured the All-State and Division 2 championships in both and won the State Coaches Invitational in the mile. Cullen will attend Georgetown University.
Skylar Barthelmes, Dartmouth, senior
Barthelmes finished first in the shot put in the All-State (42-2) and the Division 3 (42-2½) meets. She was also second at the State Coaches Elite Invitational (40-8.5). She will attend Elon and compete in track.
Brianna Duncan, Cambridge, senior
Duncan won the All-State championship in the 300-meter dash and long jump. She placed first in the 55-meter dash and 300-meter dash in the Division 1 state meet. She became the third girl in state history to jump over 20 feet.
Kristin Hohenstein, Chelmsford, junior
Hohenstein was the MSTCA pentathlon champion. She set the school record in the 600-meter dash (1:37.43) and was MVC champion in the same event. At the Division 1 state meet, she was fourth in the 55-meter hurdles.
Ariel Keklak, Lincoln-Sudbury, senior
Keklak won the Division 1 title in the 1000-meter dash and was a part of the winning 4 x 800 meter relay team. She also won the same events (1000-meter, 4 x 800 relay) at All-States. Keklak will attend Wake Forest.
Ashley Lewis, Latin Academy, senior
Lewis finished her career as All-State champion in the 600 meters (1:33). She was the New England champion in the 600 (1:33.86) and New England outdoor champion in the 400. She will attend George Mason.
Madelyn Sessler, Plymouth South, junior
Sessler swept the 55-meter hurdles titles, winning the All-State , Division 2 meet, and the State Coaches Invitational. She was Patriot League Most Valuable Runner and her 8.33 time at New Englands was the fastest in the state.
Samantha Thompson, Weston, senior
Thompson won the Division 4 state title in the high jump (5-4) and finished tied for second at All-States (5-4). The two-time Dual County League All-Star and team captain also tied for second at the New Englands with a 5-5.
Brooke-Lynn Williams, Norton, junior
First in the 55 dash at the State Coaches Invitational, the Div. 4 meet and All-States, Williams had the fastest time in the state (6.87 at New Englands). She earned All-American status after a fifth-place finish at New Balance Nationals.
4 x 200: Jessica Foley, Jayme Banks, Alexandra Cox, and Melissa Solomon, Lexington
The squad of (from the left) Jessica Foley, Jayme Banks, Alexandra Cox, and Melissa Solomon captured the All-State championship in 1:45.23. The quartet finished in second at the New England championships in a school-record 1:44.79. Cox and Solomon are seniors and honor-roll students. Foley is also senior and will attend Connecticut College. Banks is a junior and also swims for Lexington.
4 x 400: Alexandra Cox, Leah Smith, Jessica Foley, and Melissa Solomon, Lexington
The foursome of (from the left) Alexandra Cox, Leah Smith, Jessica Foley, and Melissa Solomon won the Division 1 championship (4:00.17) and All-State title (3:58.84). The team also placed second at the State Coaches Invitational and helped lead the Minutemen to the Middlesex League meet title. Cox, Foley, and Solomon are all seniors. Smith is a sophomore and also plays varsity soccer.
4 x 800: Marie Nevils, Meghan Garrett, Nicole Kerrigan, and Ariel Keklak, Lincoln-Sudbury
The team of (from the left) Marie Nevils, Meghan Garrett, Nicole Kerrigan, and Ariel Keklak ran their way into history, winning the Division 1 state championship in 9:31.63, nearly six seconds faster than the second-place team. They also won the All-State title in 9:26.40. Keklak was also the All-State champion in the 1,000. Kerrigan is a senior headed for Tufts. Nevils is a junior and plays varsity soccer. Garrett is a freshman.
Coaches of the Year
Division 1: Henry Phelan, Lincoln-Sudbury
Phelan’s squad finished 5-0 and won the Dual County League title. The Warriors also won the All-State crown and were second at the Division 1 meet. A 17-year veteran, Phelan owns a 105-15 career record.
Division 2: Chris Van Cott, Needham
In his 10th season, Van Cott brought home his first Division 2 state championship. He led the Rockets to a 4-2 regular season in the Bay State Conference and broke five school records along the way.
Division 3: Cliff Buckley, Plymouth North
Buckley led his team to a 5-0 record, a Patriot League championship, and a Division 3 state championship. ‘‘This year’s team was one of the most talented, overall teams I have ever had,’’ Buckley said. ‘‘They were relentless.’’
Division 4: Brian Schell, Wilmington
The second-year coach led the Wildcats to their first Middlesex League championship, while finishing 5-0. His team set numerous school records this season in the 600-meter dash, 1000-meter, mile, and 4 x 800 meter relay.
Division 5: Marty Binette, Ipswich
Binette led the Tigers to a perfect 10-0 regular season, lifting his overall regular-season record to 30-0. He was the Cape Ann League Coach of the Year for the third straight season. Ipswich was seventh at the Division 5 meet.
Atlantic Coast — Brockton: Reanna Allen, Lara Andrade, Patricia Mulinge, Sydney Rowe. Dennis-Yarmouth: Adriana Cericola, Katie Holmes, Emma Joseph, Sydney McCann, Sydnie McGee, Olivia Miller, Madison Pawlina, Angelina Rivera. Falmouth: Amanda Hebert. Marshfield: Isabela Cunio, Alyssa Doust, Kiki Horgan, Maddie Lawlor, Marina MacKinnon, Meghan Maher, Kayla O’Connell, Katie Olson. Nauset: Tara Ellard, Makenzie Meads, Madaket Nobili, Neilly Rose. Sandwich: Amanda Karch, Halle Tickell, Elizabeth Wegman.
Bay State — Brookline: Patricia Douglas. Dedham: Elizabeth Balzarini. Framingham: Ashley Wilson. Milton: Alexis Daly, Jesse Iwuala, Alex Jean-Baptiste, Bridget Mitchell, Colette O’Leary. Natick: Grace Connolly, Kelsey Walak. Needham: Sarah Armstrong, Margie Cullen, Dee Picou. Newton North: Cristina Galvagno, Liana Reilly, Carissa Stots, Roxy Wint. Wellesley: Ally Isley, Julia Jordahl-Henry, Rachelle Parker. Weymouth: Kacie Higgins, Kelly Higgins.
Big Three — Durfee: Leah Grannum. New Bedford: Marissa Aguiar, Peyton Calvai, Alyssa Duarte, Kalyn Mello, Chinyere Newsome.
Boston City — Latin Academy: Britney Firmin, Ashley Lewis, Catherine VanEven. New Mission: Natalia Phillip. O’Bryant: Nisa Holly, Juleen Lewis. West Roxbury: Hirmine Francois, Jahphiah Gilliard.
Cape Ann — Amesbury: Isabel Prussman. Hamilton-Wenham: Julia Koenig, Anna Murphy. Ipswich: Emily DeMarco, Abby Fitzpatrick, Michaela Hedderman, Carolina Ivanov. Lynnfield: Kate Mitchell. Manchester Essex: Megan Clark, Jade Cromwell, Niamh Dalton, Eve Feuerbach, Holly Fossa. Masconomet: Elizabeth Dew, Jordyn Tveter. Newburyport: Isabel Soule. North Reading: Olivia Esposito, Meredith Griffin, Julia Valenti. Pentucket: Grace Dore, Siobhan O’Keefe, Ellison Seymour, Saige Tudisco. Triton: Audrey Martin, Madeline Quigley.
Dual County — Acton-Boxborough: Sophie Antonioli, Samantha Cannarozzi, Samantha Friborg, Sara Mitchell. Bedford: Sabine Galvis, Oby Nwodoh. Boston Latin: Sarah Kiamie, Mia Sheets. Cambridge: Brianna Duncan, Kadja Romain. Concord-Carlisle: Sarinnagh Budris, Margot Ehrenthal, Maggie Nickerson, Jhanel Potts, Elizabeth Price, Valerie Reiling, Kara Wilson, Meg Wilson. Lincoln-Sudbury: Alexa Babick, Clara Bisson, Meghan Garrett, Ariannah Gervais, Ariel Keklak, Nicole Kerrigan, Katherine Malone, Marie Nevils, Milly O’Brien. Newton South: Allie Arruda, Caroline Barry, Emily Bulczynski, Katie Collins, Hannah Fraser, Rebecca Grusby, Sarah Kern, Audrey Lavey, Calene Lazare, Clare Martin, Lizzie Walkes. Notre Dame (Hingham): Kaylie Hayes, Caitlin Rodway, Gabby Sillari. Waltham: Julianna Caccatorie, Amanda Concetti. Wayland: Erica Sheffres. Westford: Stephanie Amato, Haley Cogliano, Nicole Fondots. Weston: Jillian Howard, Emma Marlow-Benedick, Samantha Thompson.
Eastern Athletic — Bishop Feehan: Megan Carmody, Emily Dold, Kerin Ingegeri, Amanda Kelly, Molly Lahiff, Anne Leahy, Abigail Long, Hannah Kelleher, Caroline Toomey. Bishop Stang: Madison Machado, Mary Lyn Sullivan. Coyle & Cassidy: Alyssa Vieira. Somerset Berkley: Kate Furig, Cassie Graca, Natalie Knight, Christine Nasiff, Olivia Rapoza, Cierra Torres. Martha’s Vineyard: Olivia Smith.
Greater Boston — Everett: Ashley Hernandez, Sabrina Moretta. Malden: Maryam Benouari, Kylie DiMaro, Rachel Eaglin, Carine Exume, Allie Russo, Taymise Sanders, Shataeya Smith. Medford: Willa Driscoll, Amber Harbison. Somerville: Fiona Borondy-Jenkins, Alice Egar, Jackie Eloi, Gabrielle Etienne, Youdine Felix, Loudes Jean-Louis, LeighAnn Nguyen, Melissa Sanon.
Hockomock — Canton: Selena Cho. Foxborough: Meredith Cronin. Franklin: Halle Atkinson, Nicole Clermont, Meghan Doherty, Ella Gutkowski, Kate Hartnett, Jessica Kroushl, Beth Neal, Brittany Robinson. King Philip: Hannah McNeil. Mansfield: Kelly Crawford, Kathryn Rowe, Rachel Stier, Caitlin Whitman. North Attleborough: Hanah Caster, Anna Roberts. Oliver Ames: Chi-Chi Akanegbu, Gabby Eldridge. Sharon: Ariadne Tolay. Taunton: Mariah O’Gara, Jillian Purtell, Leishnaly Rosado, Izadore Theodore, Samantha Tichelaar.
Merrimack Valley — North Andover: Catherine Flaherty, Lilly Voke. Andover: Miranda Lawrence, Lizzie Kobelski, Ally Bennett, Sammy Shea, Audrey Adam, Amanda Devine. Dracut: Mikaylah. Tewksbury: Kendall Paolella, Rachel Sessa, Tatum Pecci, Christine Baptiste, Alex Joseph, Brooke Lamothe, Marissa Ladderbush, Ashley Colarusso, Pauren Polimeno. Chelmsford: Kristen Hohenstein. Billerica: Alyssa Harris, Abby Fisher, Andrea Ponte, Alyssa freeman, Sarah Burns, Vanessa Attaya. Methuen: Wileshka Samuel, Jazmin Encarnarcion, Jelke Meyer, Jacqueline Mothon. Haverhill: Maddie Buco. Lowell: Kaley Richards, Lexi Richards, Lindsey Ahern, Olivia Sheffield. Notre Dame (T): Abby French.
Middlesex — Arlington: Garth Hull, Inga Mannstadt. Belmont: Rachel Berets, Eliza Filler, Sara Naumann. Burlington: Mikenna Mattson, Nina Nguyen, Morgan Powers. Lexington: Jayme Banks, Maya Barrett-Tzannes, Elise Counsell, Alexandra Cox, Toby Foelix, Jessica Foley, Paige Lawler, Grace Leightheiser, Thomas Lindgard, Rebecca Pion, Leah Smith, Melissa Solomon, Jessica Wang, Alexandra Wolf. Melrose: Emily Donovan, Elizabeth Hirsch, Anne Morrison, Haley Moss. Reading: Shannon Parks. Stoneham: Marielle Avola, Brenna Crowley, Kelsey Wojdakowski. Wakefield: Eadeen Beck, Sarah Buckley, Abigail Harrington, Ana Lucas. Watertown: Emily Koufos, Abigael Peterson, Elizabeth Powderly, Janaki Thangaraj, Katherine Tolman. Wilmington: Alyssa Bernazani, Julia Gake, Alexcia Luna, Elisabeth Olson, Samantha Pitzi, Victoria Sheehan. Winchester: Isabel Bruno, Augusta Burhans, Mia Carazza, Anna Madden. Woburn: Daniela Espinosa, Mackenzie Galvin, Avery Leydon, Kat Turner.
Old Colony — Bridgewater-Raynham: Catarina Burke, Emily DeBruin, Sydney Mackillop, Sarah Maloney, Michaela McSweeney, Hannah Rideout, Caroline Sarro, Alyssa Tortora. Dartmouth: Skylar Barthelmes, Caitlyn Demers, Isabella Freitas, Rachel Gin, Maddie Lynch, Coral Perry.
Patriot — Hingham: Zoe Dainton, Sarah Endyke, Erin Hurley, Amy Kirk, Heather Linscott. Middleborough: Hayden Bagnell-Pettine. Quincy: Alex Case, Abby Murphy. Pembroke: Charlotte Bosworth, Julia Cuneo, Breagh Fitzgerald, Carliegh Messner, Emma Tarnantino, Sarah Tormey, Sarah Tropeano, Julianne Watts. Plymouth North: Jordan Callahan, Kourtni Cole, Caitlin Haley, Hannah Strohschneider, Jacky Sullivan. Plymouth South: Jillian Callahan, Meghan Gallerani, Miranda Murphy, Maddie Sessler. Silver Lake: Ashley Arroyo, Kayla Fahey. Whitman-Hanson: Sam Coletti, Abbie Newman, Alexandra Santos.
Tri-County — Arlington Catholic: Nikki Doherty. Austin Prep: Stephanie Casaletto, Lauren Sablone. Bishop Fenwick: Christine Deschenes, Lindsay Donahue, Grace Foleyt, Sydney Packard. Cardinal Spellman: Erin Carpenter, Adrianna Forcucci, Ava Nardelli, Paige O’Keefe, Emily O’Neill, Molly Richardson. St. Mary’s: Victoria DeCenso.
Tri-Valley — Ashland: Alyssa Zee. Bellingham: Sarah Edwards. Holliston: Kelly Alves, Sydney Snow, Madison Ward. Hopkinton: Isabelle Giordano, Caitlin Halloran. Medway: Ava Vasile. Norton: Brooke-Lynn Williams. Westwood: Ashley Walker.
How we picked the team
The All-Scholastic girls’ track team was selected by the school sports staff. Selection is limited to MIAA schools that compete in EMass leagues. Text by Chris Frangolini. Photos by Mark Lorenz.