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
Brooke-Lynn Williams, Norton, senior
Williams captured her second straight Athlete of the Year honor. She went undefeated in the 55 meters the last two years and holds the Massachusetts and New England records in the event (6.87). She will run at Penn State.
Grace Connolly, Natick, sophomore
Connolly already has two All-American honors and a sixth-place finish with a personal-best 4:52.38 in the mile at the New Balance Indoor Nationals. She won the mile and 2-mile at the Division 2 state and All States meets.
Zoe Dainton, Hingham, junior
Dainton swept the high jump titles at the Patriot League championships, Division 3 Championships, All States, and New Englands. She set a personal record (5-8) at the MSTCA Last Chance meet.
Joanna Kennedy, Wellesley, junior
Kennedy finished second in the long jump at All States while setting a school record (18-1). The Bay State Conference All-Star also captured the Division 2 title (17-9) and competed at the New Balance Indoor Nationals.
Avery Leydon, Woburn, junior
Leydon set the Division 2 state meet record in the 600 (1:34.00) and won the All-State title (1:34.35). She was third in the Division 2 300 (41.92) and was a member of the 4 x 400 team that was second at All States (4:00.59).
Bridget Mitchell, Milton, junior
Mitchell won the 1,000 (2:54.31) and ran on the fourth-place 4 x 400 team (4:01.50) for the All-State champs. An All-American on the second place 4 x 1,600 team at Nationals, she set the Bay State League record in the mile (4:56).
Lauren Polimeno, Tewksbury, senior
Polimeno won the MSTCA state pentathlon with 3,423 points. The MVC All-Star won the league 600-meter (1:36.64) and high jump (5-5) titles, and was a member of the Division 4 champion and state champion 4 x 400 relay team.
Mikaylah Schwartz, Dracut, senior
Schwartz finished her indoor career with a Division 3 state shot put title (39-3.5) and a second-place finish at All States (39-9.5). She also won the MVC championship (40-6) and will attend Assumption on a track scholarship.
Madelyn Sessler, Plymouth South, senior
Sessler garnered her third straight indoor All-Scholastic honor. The Division 2 state champ and Patriot League MVP in the 55 hurdles (8.42), she swept the indoor and outdoor All-State hurdles titles last year and will run at Columbia.
Ava Vasile, Medway, sophomore
Vasile won the All-State title in the 55-meter hurdles (8.44) and placed second in the 300 (40.30). She was also second in the 300 at New Englands (39.84) and in the state pentathlon (3,204 points). She also plays soccer and lacrosse.
4 x 200, Natick
(From left) Junior Rachelle Parker, seniors Sheila McQuillen and Madison Howland, and sophomore Abigail Gerdes led the Redhawks to a third-place finish with the fastest Massachusetts time at New England’s, a school-record 1:44.33. The quartet won the All-State title in 1:45.53.
4 x 400, Tewksbury
The Redmen captured the All-State title (4:00.40) and set the Division 4 state meet record (4:05.68). (From left) UMass-Lowell bound senior Emily Sessa, sophomore Grace Higgins, senior Lauren Polimeno, and juniors Tatum Pecci and Rachel Sessa.
4 x 800, Newton South
The Lions earned a 4 x 800 All-State title, finishing with a time of 9:28.40. (From left) Junior Emily Bulczynski, Princeton-bound senior Clare Martin, junior Caroline Barry, and freshman Lucy Jenks also won the Division 1 championship.
Coaches of the Year
Division 1: Steven McChesney, Newton South
McChesney is Coach of the Year for the fourth time, boasting a 1,009-193 record over a 36-year career. After an undefeated Dual County League season, Newton South won the Division 1 state title and was third at All States.
Division 2: James Fletcher, Woburn
A 2007 Woburn grad, the three-season track coach guided the Tanners to the Middlesex League title and a runner-up finish at the Division 2 Relays and state meet. ‘‘A true definition of a team, they ran for each other,’’ he said.
Division 3: Stephen Lane, Concord-Carlisle
In his 15th year, Lane and his staff led the undefeated Patriots (5-0) to the Dual County League Small title and a Division 3 state championship. The Williams College graduate was named boys’ Coach of the Year last year.
Division 4: Thomas Shaw, Milton
Shaw’s fifth Coach of the Year honor comes after a banner season. In his 14th year, he led the ‘‘best team to ever come out of Milton’’ to a Division 4 state title and its first ever All-State championship.
Division 5: Ernie Bissaillon, Amesbury
After taking home boys’ outdoor Coach of the Year honors last year, Bissaillon is back. In his 21st year, Amesbury (9-1) won the Cape Ann Baker Division and finished in a three-way tie for third at the Division 5 championships.
Atlantic Coast — Brockton: Julia Barros-Mendes, Sade Collins, Marie Elysee, Saran Fofana, Adiva Jack, Julieth Nwosu, Olivia Rateau, Sarah Remy, Anna Winkler. Dennis-Yarmouth: Carly Coughlin, Chloe Eressy, Katie Holmes, Emma Joseph, Sydney McCann, Julia Paini. Marshfield: Isabela Cunio, Brianna deGrasse, Alyssa Doust, Marina MacKinnon, Katie Olson. Nauset: Tara Ellard, Mackenzie Meads, Madaket Nobili. Norwell: Tessa Holleran, Dallis Kehoe, Anna Roman, Mary Scalzulli. Sandwich: Julia Hanson.
Bay State — Brookline: Mary Corcoran, Patricia Douglas. Framingham: Ashley Wilson. Milton: Ella Affanato, Alexis Day, Jessy Iwuala, Abigail Jean-Baptiste, Bridget Mitchell (MVP), Colette O’Leary, Elise O’Leary. Natick: Grace Connolly, Rachelle Parker, Kelsey Walak. Needham: Jessie Hem, Elena Oberle, Nicole Stevens. Newton North: Liana Reilly. Walpole: Caroline McGrath. Wellesley: Erica Blackett-Thomas, Maggie Donahue, Anna Jordahl-Henry, Julia Jordahl-Henry, Joanna Kennedy, Isabelle Winkelman.
Big Three — Durfee: Brittany Pavao. New Bedford: Sarah Fernandes.
Boston City — Brighton: Cassandre Tercina. East Boston: Stephanie Faiella; New Mission: Gesheca Boswell. O’Bryant: Meryl Bantefa, Katherine Keating, Destaunia Perry. Snowden: Sarah Lawton.
Cape Ann — Amesbury: Michaela Halloran, Caroline Schissel. Hamilton-Wenham: Daniela Garcia. Ipswich: Abby Fitzpatrick. Lynnfield: Kate Mitchell (MVP). Manchester Essex: Jade Cromwell, Mia Cromwell, Niamh Dalton, Evelyn Lantz. North Reading: Meredith Griffin, Juliette Nadeau. Pentucket: Meghan Cowl, Kaley Enright, Sterling Seymour, Saige Tudisco (MVP).
Dual County — Acton-Boxboro: Samantha Cannarozzi, Samantha Friborg, Stella McDermott, Sara Mitchell. Boston Latin: Valentina Doerre-Torres, Annie Jackson, Sarah Kiamie, Julie Tassinari. Cambridge: Khadija Romain. Concord-Carlisle: Maggie Blake, Sarinnagh Budris, Margot Ehrenthal, Charlotte Franck, Claudia Koontz, Eline Laurent, Daria Pietropaolo, Sarah Reichheld, Valerie Reiling, Lousia Stevens. Lincoln-Sudbury: Alexa Babick, Hannah Chen, Ciara Conway, Sophie DeFreitas, Marielle Faucher, Meghan Garrett, Arianna Gervais, Katherine Knightly, Marie Nevils, Milly O’Brien. Newton South: Caroline Barry, Emily Bulczynski, Katie Collins, Lucy Jenks, Calene Lazare, Addie Marple, Clare Martin, Amanda Smith. Notre Dame (Hingham): Ana Bertarelli, Katie Frodigh, Shannon LeVangie, Caitlin Rodway, Emma Tucker. Wayland: Ella LaClaire. Westford: Mel Almasian, Grace Santana. Weston: Kathryn Augustine, Holly Hardiman, Jillian Howard.
Eastern Athletic — Bishop Feehan: Molly Lahiff, Anne Leahy, Lauren Magill, Cara Martin, Jessica Reis. Bishop Stang: Amber Lattuca, Mary Silvia, Mary Lyn Sullivan. Coyle & Cassidy: Emily Frazier. East Bridgewater: Molly Barry, Nichole Bartlett, Bridget Joyce, Emily McCormack, Katherine Mullen, Serenity Sands. Martha’s Vineyard: Mackensie Condon, Olivia Smith, Pearl Vercruysse. Mashpee: Katie Wellington. Somerset Berkley: Christine Nasiff, Kathryn Sullivan.
Greater Boston — Everett: Brianna Gutierrez, Sabrina Moretta. Malden: Batoul Chouiki, Nour Chouiki, Kylie DiMaro, Rachel Eaglin, Jasmine Gray, Alexandria Russo, Taymise Sanders, Shataeya Smith, Anna Souza. Medford: Willa Driscoll, Julia Galebauch, Amber Harbison. Somerville: Fiona Borondy-Jenkins, Alice Egar, Jackie Eloi, Youdine Felix, Kemissa Osit.
Hockomock — Foxborough: Meredith Cronin, Lexi Quinn. Franklin: Halle Atkinson, Nicole Clermont, Emma Clifford, Meghan Doherty, Julia Fenerty, Ella Gutkowski, Kate Hartnett. Mansfield: Jordan Brill-Cass, Angela Corkery, Lauren Duggan, Julia Harrison, Amanda Mangano, Dana Miller. Milford: Christina Speliakos. North Attleborough: Angela Kaiser, Juliana Martin. Oliver Ames: Rachel Fisher, Dana Lowney, Jacqueline Mills, Jessica Robarge, Lauren Wright. Sharon: Tara Garani, Ariadne Tolay (MVP), Angela Wallace. Taunton: Victoria Gravel, Samantha Tichelaar.
Merrimack Valley — Andover: Audrey Adam, Delia Barbanti, Emma Joel, Hope Joel, Miranda Lawrence. Billerica: Alyssa Harris. Central Catholic: Amanda Fay, Sarah Freeman. Chelmsford: Kristin Hohenstein. Dracut: Mikaylah Schwartz. Lawrence: RosaLinda Rosario. Lowell: Lynn Jean, Kimesha Lewis, Militza Pagan, Sophia Vergados. North Andover: Trinity Tapper. Tewksbury: McKenzie Clark, Holly O’Leary, Meghan Ostertag, Lauren Polimeno, Shaylee Puelo, Lilly Robinson, Emily Sessa, Rachel Sessa.
Middlesex — Belmont: Alexandra Bailey, Rachel Berets, Julia Cella, Anoush Krafian. Burlington: Sarah Conley, Makayla Houniet, Julia Hovase, MiKenna Mattson. Lexington: Maya Barrett-Tzannes, Elise Counsell, Candela De Amorrortu, Keena Gao, India Johnson, Grace Leightheiser, Vivian Li, Leah Smith, Jessica Wang. Melrose: Anne Morrison, MyKayla Olwert, Lauren Pedrini. Reading: Shannon Parks, Maeve Swanton. Stoneham: Marielle Avola, Amanda Jordan, Angela McKenzie, Alana Olton, Khadidja Ramdani. Wakefield: Eaden Beck, Julia Brown, Abigail Harrington, Ana Lucas, Olivia Lucey, Amanda Westlake. Watertown: Gabriella Cacia, Emily Koufos, Elizabeth Powderly. Wilmington: Dorothea Alberti, Alyssa Bernazani, Emma Garrity, Shannon Horgan, Alexcia Luna, Victoria Sheehan. Winchester: Ella Aldrich, Isabel Bruno (MVP), Augusta Burhans, Mia Carazza, Anna Madden. Woburn: Cayla Barretto, Laura Flagg, Mackenzie Galvin, Jessie Guiendon, Ali Hurley, Avery Leydon (MVP), Kylie Leydon, Kelsey Long, Kaci Madden, Lexi Palmisano, Kat Turner.
Northeastern — (North) Beverly: Natalie Coughlin, Uatchet Juch, Rona Scott. Danvers: Katherine Crum, Rebecca Henion. Lynn Classical: Rhode Alcindor. Lynn English: Taylor Sullivan. Peabody: Emily Bellance, Alexa Flewelling. Revere: Rachel Shanbar. (South) Gloucester: Carly Curcuru. Marblehead: Lydia Bongiorno, Chloe Ferrucci, Gabriella Mark. Salem: Tayla O’Leary. Saugus: Gianna Filaretos. Swampscott: Kendall Rhodes, Masie Vasquez. Winthrop: Heidy Benson, Gianna Massa.
Old Colony — Barnstable: Tatiana Dunne. Bridgewater-Raynham: Tiarra Deveaux, Jill Doherty, Emma Frazier, Carley Pearce, Madeline Quinn, Hannah Rideout, Caroline Sarro, Alyssa Sousa, Courtney Sullivan, KeAlani Thompson. Dartmouth: Victoria LaBree, Maddie Lynch, Coral Perry.
Patriot — Duxbury: Clare Murphy. Hingham: Lila Belsher, Peyton Belsher, Elise Birkhaeuser, Zoe Dainton (MVP), Kaylee Hill, Heather Linscott. Middleborough: Laura Hatch, Caitlin Swanson, Abbie Wager. Quincy: Devin Hiltunen. Pembroke: Olivia Chilcott, Aly Coyle, Kelly Evans, Carleigh Messner, Sarah Tormey, Julianne Watts. Plymouth North: Ariana Bremis, Sam Curtin, Kate Fisher, Caitlin Haley, Elizabeth Marshall, Lexi Sinewick. Plymouth South: Jaiden Andrews, Jillian Callahan, Meg Gallerani, Madelyn Sessler (MVP). Scituate: Julia Cuneo. Whitman-Hanson: Nicole Norve, Alexandra Santos.
South Coast — Apponequet: Dana Doyle, Emilea Lauzon, Jordan McCloskey. Bourne: Gracie Healy. Fairhaven: Brooke Douglass, Samantha Fernandes, Samantha Hathaway. Greater New Bedford: Irlanda Antunes. Old Rochester: Samantha Ball, Madison Martin, Avery Nugent, Brooke Santos, Maddie Scheub. Seekonk: Cammy Garabian, Audrey Wooden. Wareham: Chayla Ewing.
Tri-County — Archbishop Williams: Taylor Jackson, Hannah Kelley, Ruth Labranche, Julia McRoberts, Chigozie Sumani, Ashley Tran. Arlington Catholic: Kristen Correia, Bianca Del Maestro, Alexandra Kay. Austin Prep: Tori Bruce, Olivia Caruso, Stephanie Casaletto, Emily Hickey, Bridget Kelley, Catherine Mawn, Elizabeth May, Catherine Ross, Caroline Sablone, Lauren Sablone (MVP). Bishop Fenwick: Kate DelTorchio, Grace Foley, Nicole Johns, Olivia Juneau. St. Mary’s: Victoria DiCenso.
Tri-Valley — Ashland: Alyssa Zee. Holliston: Kelly Alves, Rebecca Stevens, Caroline Ward. Hopkinton: Isabelle Giordano, Caitlyn Holloran. Medfield: Sydney Joline. Medway: Ava Vasile. Norton: Brooke-Lynn Williams (MVP). Westwood: Sarah Conant, Ashley Walker.
How we picked the team
The All-Scholastic girls’ indoor track team was selected by the school sports staff. Selection is limited to MIAA schools that compete in EMass leagues. Text by Alex Schroeder. Photos by Mark Lorenz.