Varsity Track and Field Wins NEPSTAs in Kirby’s Final Year

As the end of the track season has reached its conclusion, the Belmont Hill varsity track team has competed in its last two meets of the season: the ISTAs, the ISL League Championship, and the NEPSTAs, the New England Division II League Championship. With titles on the line, the team felt serious pressure to achieve. Although the team had lost to rival Milton Academy earlier in the season, a series of rousing speeches from both the coaches and captains filled the team with confidence. Making the treacherous journey up to St. Paul’s, the team was prepared for the grueling day ahead under the blistering sun. While Belmont Hill competed tremendously, by the end of the meet, Milton had eeked out a slight victory. Although this loss would have served as a decimating blow to most other teams, the defeat only motivated Belmont Hill to work harder and prepare for the next meet. Not only was the NEPSTA Championship Coach Kirby’s last, but Belmont Hill also had an opportunity to attain an unprecedented third consecutive New England championship. Through grit and determination, the team built up a large lead, outscoring the next-closest team by 25 points. Notable performances include John Pappo finishing second in both the 3000m and 1500m, Evan Ricci finishing second in both the high and intermediate hurdles, pole vaulters Brian Tanabe and Will Cannistraro placing first and second, and Jamie Feinberg placing first in the discus. The competitors also appreciated the support of team members not competing. Although not undefeated, the team ended the season in triumph, dumping a cooler of water on Mr. Kirby as he held the first place plaque.

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