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Another Year, Another NVL Title for Girls Indoor Track & Field


Seven years is a long time. Middle school and high school years combined, it’s the age of your aggravating little sister, and as of January 29th, the amount of years the Woodland girls Indoor Track and Field team has kept their first place NVL title.

Since 2011, Jeff Lownds, the girls team coach, has finished number one in the Naugatuck Valley League Championship. For him and the hardworking team, this heptathlon has kept them pushing their limits.

From practicing six days a week with the annual Workout Wednesdays, to keeping up with playful and passionate sportsmanship and support, the team pushes through the season with fun, dedication and talent.

Brianna Vallejo, senior teammate, understands on what it’s like to have such a strong title for another year.

“I am proud to be on such a successful team,” Vallejo said. “I only wish I could be on the Indoor team for another because I am going to miss it so much.”

The team gained a few highlights in the NVL meet: the 4×4 team winning first, Jasmine Michie placing second in Shot Put and setting a new school record, Emilie Norieka winning second place in Pole Vault, and the 4×8 team winning first.

Pole Vaulter, Norieka was ecstatic after the meet.

“Meddling in my events was such an amazing surprise,” Norieka said. “So was winning first for another year.”

Seven years may have been hard to keep up the track record in the Naugatuck Valley League. Together, the girls supported one another, cheered for one another and won for one another.

Captains of team: Erika Michie, Kristen Persico, Alexandra Cianciolo

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