Old Rochester track hopes to follow up seventh consecutive league title with strong performance at states
Adam K. Ellis – Courtesy photo
The 2016 Old Rochester Regional girls team gathers in the infield at Bourne High School to celebrate another league title. The Bulldog seniors on this roster never lost a meet in their entire high school careers.
By Adam Ellis
Posted May 26, 2016 at 1:36 PM
Updated May 26, 2016 at 1:39 PM
BOURNE – Asked if winning ever gets old, Cindy Tilden smiled and shook her head.
“Nope,” said the Old Rochester Regional girls track coach.
The Lady Bulldogs wrapped up their seventh consecutive South Coast Conference title with a win over Bourne on Monday, which came on the heels of Friday’s victory at the SCC Championships – also an annual occurrence. In fact, the current group of Old Rochester seniors never experienced a regular-season defeat in their distinguished four-year careers.
“I always go back to this – they don’t want to be the ones to end the streak,” Tilden said.
ORR went 8-0 during the regular season, with only Seekonk giving the Bulldogs a battle.
“They were better this year than they had been in the past,” the coach said.
Long term, the Warriors represent the most likely challenge to disrupt ORR’s fantastic run of perfection.
“Their program is really moving in the right direction,” Tilden said. “In the past, they were strong in the throws, but this year they had some more talent in other areas.”
Still, the Bulldogs managed to consistently pile up victories of large margins due to their depth and top-end talent. On Saturday, ORR will put that skill to the test in the MIAA Division 4 State Championships, which will be held at Norwell High School at 9 a.m..
“It’s not very common for us to have a meet after the SCCs,” she said. “So for that reason, we sat a lot of our kids [against Bourne], holding them out for fear of injury and really just to get them some rest. At this point of the year, it’s really important to have the kids well-rested.”
A slew of Bulldogs are peppered throughout the performance list for the meet (found at http://miaa.ezstream.com), including a number of top-10 athletes.
Senior Zoe Smith is ranked second in the high jump, while classmate Maddie Meyer is seventh in the two mile. Smith is also third in the 100 hurdles, followed closely by sophomore Brooke Santos, whose personal best of 16.39 places her seventh in the event.
Smith is also headlining a 4×100 relay team currently sitting in eighth. She is joined by Lauren Ovian, Rachel Demmer and Maya Doonan. The 4×400 and 4×800 teams are each third.
“I expect us to do well,” Tilden said. “Our relay teams are really, really strong. And we have some kids who certainly have the potential to place.”
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