Jill Calvani leaps up to clear a hurdles in the 400-meter hurdles event at the All-States in Bridgewater on June 7. Courtesy Photo / Michael Hedderman
Looking forward to the New Balance Outdoor Nationals this weekend? Then keep a watch out for the Ipswich spring mediey relay team.
The heat of the day on June 7 may have been among the best preparation possible for most of Ipswich’s contingent for the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, N.C., on Friday.
Greensboro is expected to see 90-degree temperatures and high humidity on Friday.
Sophomore Michaela Hedderman will be running as part of an Ipswich team of four in the sprint medley relay at Nationals that also includes Marissa Cain, Jill Calvani and Emily DeMarco.
"We have been training more than usual, and we don’t have our coach around, as participation in the Nationals is not really through the school," said Hedderman. "Our coach has been sending us workouts to do. We’ve all been working out [without coaches or other teammates around], so it’s been a lot different than the regular season. It’ll be fun and I think we’re all going to pull it out when we run on Friday."
"I think it’s a great opportunity for us," added Calvani. "We just ran that race one and we qualified. We’ve been pretty good at being self-directed. Coach [Martin] Binette gives us workouts, and we’d meet up to do those. We just had our banquet and everyone on the team signed our baton that we’ll be using."
Hedderman ran in the 400-meter run at the All-State championships, finishing 11th overall with a time of 58.97 seconds. That was just seven-hundredths of a second off her personal record of 58.90, run this past regular season.
"I was seeded 15th and finished 11th, so it was really exciting to be almost in the top 10," said Hedderman. "I know that next year, there is a huge possibility I could place and go to New Englands."
"The kids did a nice job on a very hot day," said Binette. "Michaela ran her best time of the season and has had an incredible sophomore year in both indoor and outdoor track. That was highlighted by her season best performance on Saturday."
Senior David Dick tied his school record with a pole vault of 12-feet-9-inches, which he had set a week earlier at the Division 4 championship meet.
"I was really impressed with David. He’s had a great career on our track team and I was very happy for him," said Binette.
Sophomore Emily DeMarco finished her season at 13th in the mile, coming in at 5:12.93, which was about three seconds off her personal record of 5:09.27, which she ran to win the Cape Ann League championship.
"Like Michaela, Emily has had a great season, and for just a sophomore who’s new to track, it’s amazing," said Binette. "She really ran her heart out three consecutive weeks. I know she was disappointed in her performance on Saturday, but as I told her, it's tough to keep up that type of effort week after week. I was really proud of her."