by Steev Riccardo
AUBURN – The Oxford Pirates may not have the numbers on their track team but they constantly prove that quality is more important than quantity and that was the case once again this past week.
In a huge outdoor meet with SWCL powers Auburn and Northbridge, the Pirates looked solid and were competitive across the board.
Senior star Emily Dawidczyk looked very sharp, winning the long jump, the 200-meter dash, and the 110-meter hurdles even though she is still not quite 100%
“It was a long indoor season so unfortunately she is a little dinged up,” said Oxford coach Tim Craig. “I think she can make a run at the states, but it really boils down to a pain factor.”
Dawidczyk looked very sharp in her first 110-meter hurdles performance of the outdoor season, winning by a huge margin.
Several other girls performed well for the Pirates, including sophomore high jumper Gina Roderick and seniors Anissa White and Dominique Lesieur.
Senior Dominique Lesieur competing hard
Pirates eighth grader Julia Carrier, who continues to improve, came in second in the two-mile run behind Northbridge star Julie Richer, who broke a 33-year-old school record.
Richer, who will attend the University of Vermont in the fall, said. ”I was really happy. It was about half way through the race when I realized my time and I knew I was on the pace to break the record so I pushed myself to get it.”
With Richer and Dawidczyk in attendance along with Auburn’s Lizzy Carlson, the meet had a trio of Division 1-bound athletes, which is living proof of how deep the travel pool is in the SWCL these days.
Dawidczyk will be playing soccer at Sacred Heart; Carlson will also play soccer at Manhattan College, with Richer running long distance for Vermont.
Senior Andrew St. Germain recieved a lot of praise from coach Tim Craig for his commitment and hard work
On the boys’ side on Wednesday, the Pirates, who are undermanned with only nine athletes, continued to shine and got strong showings from sophomore Conner St. Germain, who won the high jump and came in second in the triple jump, Andrew St. Germain, who came in second in the 110-meter high hurdles and Mike McCarthy, who was second in the two-mile run and the 800 meters.
Conner St. Germain won the high jump and came on second in the triple jump
Mike McCarthy finished second in the two-mile run and the 800 meters
Pirates senior Nick Rivelli, who has competed well all season in the shot put and the discus throw, said his team is in it every week despite the small roster. “It’s going great for us; our goal is to finish at or above .500.”
Craig made light of his small roster and said, “30% of my team is St. Germain’s.” Joining brothers Connor and Andrew is cousin Alex, making it a true family affair on a team that is a very tight unit and a competitive one at that.
Oxford will host Bartlett next week at home today (May 8), with the SWCL championships next Wednesday, May 15, in Auburn.