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Preview: Westerly girls’ track

Head coach:

Dave Federico (15th season).

Assistant coach:

Leanne Noonan.

Last year:

Westerly finished third in the Southern Division meet and Class B meet and posted a record of 5-4, 5-4 Southern Division.

Returning to varsity:


Jackie Burr, Rachel Jacques.


Maddie McLaughlin, Julia Wicklund, Julie Senior, Carlie Sisco, Catherine Montalto.


Charlotte Andrus, Cheyanne Robinson, Amy Luther.

New to varsity:


Abby Murdock.


Westerly girls track and field — not long ago the five-time state champion from 2002 to 2006 — features just 11 members on the team this spring. Federico said a gradual decline in enrollment plus competition from other sports has contributed to the dwindling numbers.

The Bulldogs, though, are not without talent, returning a handful of standouts who made postseason honors and a few who have set school records. Burr is the headliner, looking to regain the form that saw her win titles in Class B (1,500, 3,000), Southern Division (3,000), and as the state meet (3,000). Shefinished second in the New England 3,200. She established school records in the 3,000, 3,200, 2-mile and 5,000, but has battled injuries during cross country and indoor track. Robinson is back after winning the freshman state title with a school record high jump of 4-feet-10.

McLaughlin gives Westerly a quality runner after earning Class B second-team in the 4x400 relay and third- team in the 800 and 1,500. Wicklund, Senior, Sisco and Andrus also made Class B second team on relays. Wicklund looks to help Robinson in jumps. The Bulldogs have no throwers nor pole vaulters, and lack of depth in sprints and hurdles could hurt the Bulldogs in regular-season meets.

“It’s a little discouraging that we did not have a bigger turnout, but there are quality runners who chose to play other sports. Our season will be geared to the big meets. With 11 on the squad, we’ll need to put people in the maximum of four events in dual meets to compete.”

Coach’s take:

“Burr looks good with a full month of training after the end of the indoor season. Indoor track was tough for her, having to play catch up after rehabbing her cross country injuries. She hopes to be back at her condition at the end of last year’s outdoor season.”

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