Sabers Indoor Track and Field Team Earns Back-to-Back AAIS Championships

It was the Championship Day at Ocean Breeze Athletic Center for the Spence Indoor Track and Field Team, faced with the daunting task of defending their 2018 AAISChampionship.  It is a different task being chased by the field, but the Sabers came prepared to “throw far, jump high and long and RUN FAST AND TAKE CHANCES!” The rest, as it is said in sport colloquialisms, “takes care of itself” and indeed, the outcome was fitting of the complete team effort of all members of the Sabers’ Pack stepping up and making meaningful contributions to the Sabers’ 2019 AAIS Indoor Track and Field Championship!
The Championship Meet features 14 events, and the Sabers captured points (top 8 finish) in each and every event.  Medals are given to the top two places, and the Big Cats garnered 13 medalists on their way to 168 total team points and a commanding 66-point Championship victory.
Where the seniors led, the team followed as all 5 of the team’s seniors, Eloise F., Sam H., Esme L., Sara Rose S., and Amanda T. scored points for the Sabers. The balance and depth of the Spence team was on display, not only in the array of events, but the grades and accomplishments of the competitors. Representatives of all 4 grades scored points and each grade had at least one medalist. 
In the field events, sophomores, Sophie A. and Cece J. collected both medals in the Triple Jump, while Cece also added a second-place finish in the Long Jump, with Sophie finished 4th and junior, Lucy R. 6th.  Sophomore, Kayla D. grabbed 2nd place in the High Jump, with Cece taking home another 4 points for the team with her 4th place finish in that event. In the Shot Put, it was freshman Sydney N.’s throw of 28’.5” that captured gold in the event and she was joined by junior, Hadley H. and senior, Sam H. and their collective performances put another 7 points in the Spence coffers.
On the track, freshman Anna Z-B. finished 2nd in the 55m Hurdles and teammates Maddie S. and Sophie A. finished 4th and 5th, respectively for a total of 15 points for the Sabers.  Junior, Hadley H. powered her way to a 5th place finish in the 55m sprint and added a 3rd place finish in the 300m.  Freshman, Ellie C. collected her first AAIS medal with a 2nd place finish in the 300m making for a tidy 14 points amassed between she and Hadley in the 300m. In the 600m, Spence took 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the event, with senior, Esme L. leading the way, followed by sophomore, Brooke P. and senior, Sara Rose S. scooping up a total of 18 points by the trio.  In the relays, it was composure, balance and the willingness to take chances, that captured top 3 finishes in all three relays for the Sabers with 4x400m relay and 4x800m relay teams wrapping up medals for 2nd place finishes. In the distance events, three Sabers clawed their way to stellar performances.  Freshman, Maddie S. finished 4th in the absurdly fast-paced 1000m with a time of 3:19.85. Junior, Caroline C. turned in two gritty performances in the distance double of the 1600m and the 3200m, scoring points in both, with a 7th place finish in the 1600m and 4th place in the 3200m. It was senior, Eloise F. who pulled of the show-stopping distance triple, finishing 2nd in the 100m, 2nd in the 1600m and in the final individual event of the night, facing strong challenges from several opponents, Eloise imposed her will in the final 400 meters of the 3200m race, pulling away to collect gold in a most impressive triple medal performance of the night, a scoring total of 26 of a possible 30 points for the Sabers.
The Indoor Track Team prepared and pounced on every opportunity, but their performance prowess was proudly surpassed by the Pack’s ROAR of passion, purpose, perspective which was on fully display with the team’s TRUE BLUE Spence Spirit. Congratulations to the 2019 AAIS Indoor Track and Field Champions!
Congratulations, Sabers!! The team will next compete on Thursday, February 21st in the NYSAISAA Championship at the New Balance Armory (5:00pm)!
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