2022 WHS Girls Track Is a Team for the Ages: Nationals Wrap-Up

Monzsters. Hahaha. Love.

One of the emails I will miss seeing in my inbox this fall is the write-up of events that XC and Track Coach John Monz does after every meet. This Owl can guarantee you that Boys Soccer Coach Andrey is a bit.. ahhh… more pithy in his communication and inevitably, as the Owlets be-moan, I will attempt to suss out more information and feedback than is immediately available. So you have that to look forward to, Weston. Go ‘cats.

In other non-newsy commentary, some folks may wonder at the Owl obsession with Girls Track. There are two things in play here: firstly, several parents send me information to post (yah, I admit I do make up stuff that I don’t know–this ain’t the Times, kids) so that makes my life easy . Attention, lacrosse! I cannot make stuff up about that sport because (a) I don’t go to games except the most exciting one of all time, and (b) 90% of the time when I go, I have no idea what just happened. And secondly, the Weston spring girls track team was one of those once-in-a-maroon-moon teams. Close-knit, dominant, fun to watch and competitive as hell. This women’s college grad LOVED watching them.

And so, a month late and a dollar short, here is the Coach Monz write-up of New Balance Nationals that took place in June. Personally, I think Coach Monz was wasted on math teaching–he is one heck of a writer. He will not be back as a math teacher this fall (happy retirement!), but will be coaching Cross Country and maybe just maybe I will sneak onto the distribution list.


Coach Monz:

For anyone who didn’t follow our events in Philadelphia closely, we had a fantastic showing! Friday (in 94-degree heat): Alessandra Gavris finished 2nd in the 9th grade 2 mile, setting a new WHS Freshman record with her time of 11:03.

Alessandra Gavris ’25, Courtesy Photo

Also on Friday, the Sprint Medley Relay of Kaitlin Ewald, Sloan Hinton, Tally Zeller, and Julie Hohenberg survived a near-disastrous first exchange to finish 2nd in the Rising Stars event.

Saturday, in much cooler weather (67 degrees), Morgan Rome won the Rising Stars javelin, with a throw of 128′ 8″, shattering the WHS school record by over 10 feet.

Sunday, in our final event, the 4 x 400 Relay of Tally Zeller, Julie Hohenberg, Sloan Hinton, and Kaitlin Ewald finished 10th place out of 24 teams in the Championship 4 x 400, ahead of the only other New England team to qualify (Glastonbury, CT). Top 4 x 400 in New England!


On a related note, but in a competing news magazine with an actual paid staff, the girls 4×400 team was featured in the Boston Globe’s supplemental sports section last Sunday; they were selected as All Scholastics.

And yes, always and forever, go ‘cats!

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