The Adams Central Middle School girls track team scored 98 points to finish second in the ACAC Track & Field Championship meet Thursday, behind the victorious South Adams squad. The Lady Jets were led by three phenomenal performances by Kylee Roe, Marissa Van De Weg, and Josie Isch. Roe avenged losses from earlier in the year to be the only double champion for AC, taking first with a 72’ 3” throw in the discus and claiming the shot put title with a season-best throw 28’ 5”. Roe’s 20 points were good for the fifth-highest individual total of the meet. Addison Ward rounded out the scoring in the throws for AC with a sixth-place throw of 65’ 9”.
Marissa Van De Weg concluded her outstanding middle school track career by scoring 32 individual points, the second-highest total of the meet. Van De Weg first took second in the 100 hurdles in 16.68, ahead of teammate Ava Macklin, who took fourth in the event in 18.41. Then, in the 1600 Van De Weg led wire-to-wire, fighting a tough wind to win in 5:39.0, a fraction of a second off the AC school record. Minutes after finishing second in the 200 hurdles in 32.66, an exhausted Van De Weg still managed to run a career-best 2:39.3 in the 800, finishing third. Sixth-grader Emilee Hirschy cut three seconds off her personal best in the 800 to finish 10th in 2:52.
Prior to the meet, Josie Isch had never competed in the long jump and even expressed some hesitation about competing in the event at all, yet she still unleashed a monster 14’ 6” jump on her final attempt to win the long jump, a full foot ahead of her nearest competitor. Isch also finished second in the 100 in 13.86 behind only South Adams phenom Alison Smith, then fiercely battled an East Jay runner over the last 40 meters to take third in the 200 in 29.19. Isch’s 26 individual points were the third most in the meet, behind only Van De Weg and Smith.
Maddie Herring, Ady Newland, Macklin, and Isch ran a flawless 4×100 relay, finishing second in a season-best 55.87. In the 4×400 relay, the all-sixth-grade team of Emilee Hirschy (split of 1:14.8), Brooke Fruechte (1:18.0), Juliana Sipe (1:10.8), and Abby Jauregui (1:13.4) finished an impressive fourth place in 4:57.