Girls track: Westerly finishes first in Emerging Elite DMR at nationals

Girls track: Westerly finishes first in Emerging Elite DMR at nationals

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Westerly High capped one of its most successful outdoor girls track seasons with a first-place finish in the Emerging Elite distance medley relay at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor on Sunday.

Liz Letizio, Sydney Federico, Helena Hall-Thomsen and Randi Burr combined for a time of 12:06.47, establishing a school record. The previous record was 12:07.21 from 2007.

“That was great,” Westerly coach Dave Federico said. “It was very similar to the sprint medley. The other girls got within striking distance and Randi was able to finish it off.”

Federico said Burr was 20-30 meters behind the leader when she got the baton for the final leg. Burr passed five runners on Friday when the Bulldogs won the sprint medley relay in meet record time.

“It was a great weekend for us and great way to end our season,” Federico said. “We continued to run fast.  The kids performed really well.”

Letizio, who will be running for Assumption College next season, covered the first leg of 1,200 meters in 3:50.51. Federico, a sophomore, ran the 400 in 57.51. It was the fastest 400 leg among the 24 teams that competed in the event.

Hall-Thomsen, a junior, covered the 800 in 2:19.08. Burr, who will be running at the University of Connecticut next season, ran the final 1,600 in 4:59.39. Her time was the fastest 1,600 leg in the event.

On Friday, Westerly won the 1,600 Emerging Elite sprint medley in a meet record time of 4:04.97. Jaime Murray, Federico, Hall-Thomsen and Burr ran the relay.

Events at the New Balance meet are Emerging Elite or Championship. The qualifying standards are more stringent for the Championship events.

On June 2, Westerly captured its seventh straight outdoor state title with 99 points. The total was nearly double that of second-place Barrington and only 10 Westerly athletes scored at the meet.

Burr won the 3,000 and Megan Albamonti took first in the javelin. Westerly also won the 4x400 and 4x800 relays.

A week later the 4x800 team of Jaime Murray, Letizio, Hall-Thomsen and Burr earned All-New England honors with a second-place finish at the University of New Hampshire.

Westerly also finished first in the Southern Division and Class B championship meets this season

— Keith Kimberlin







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