Chatham women win first Morris County Relays title in program historical past


It was a wierd day in Randolph on the Morris County Relays because the temperature dropped roughly 20 levels from the begin to the end of the meet and the lights went out within the closing warmth of the ladies’ 4×400-meter relay, however possibly the craziness was what Chatham wanted all alongside.

The Cougars left the meet empty-handed each spring since its existence, nevertheless that modified on Wednesday as they took the crown for the primary time in class historical past, ending a four-peat held by Randolph.


“Being a first-year coach, the ladies have made it that a lot simpler for me,” head coach Gianna Parlavecchio stated. “Their exhausting work in apply, their dedication and their teamwork has been inspiring to see. We dropped the baton within the 4×200 and we overcome adversity and positioned [third] within the occasion. Having the ability to see that staff facet as a coach at this meet is unimaginable.”

Chatham’s sprinting staff delivered a majority of the college’s factors, putting second or third in each occasion they competed in. It was the same end result finally week’s Randolph Relays as they took first, second or third in all.

Parlavecchio stresses medaling as a result of on the finish of the day, that’s the way you rating within the staff standings.

“All of it provides up,” she stated. “I inform the ladies to run each race exhausting, run each race prefer it’s your final and run each race to compete. A woman may foul out, a woman may drop the baton or a woman may miss a hurdle. You aren’t racing the woman although, you’re racing the clock. That’s an important factor.”

Chatham’s sprinters raced in opposition to the clock and raced in opposition to it nicely, hitting occasions of 51.37 within the 4×100 (second), 1:52.13 within the 4×200 (third), 4:11.20 within the 4×400 (fourth),1:13.54 within the 4×100 shuttle hurdles (first) and 4:19.91 within the SMR (second).

Freshman Ella Spina was in center faculty right now final 12 months. Now, she finds herself as one of many quickest freshmen within the county and a contributor in some critical faculty historical past.

“It’s form of insane,” Spina stated. “I used to be simply coming into the season hoping I can do nicely for my staff. I’ve no phrases and it’s simply superb.”

The identical degree of gratitude is there for junior Sarah Petitjean who delivered within the 4×400 and 4×800 with robust splits together with senior Sophia Lally, who competed within the 4×100, 4×200 and SMR.

“I really feel like I’m on a special planet,” Petitjean stated. “I’ve by no means received a observe meet earlier than, so I feel it’s superb. We’ve nice sprinters, distance runners and subject athletes, so I feel we will do nicely transferring ahead throughout the board. I’m so pleased with all of us.

“We at all times had the excellent performances, however by no means as a staff,” Lally stated. “We haven’t been capable of come collectively like this. It’s very thrilling.”

The title is what Parlavecchio hopes is the primary of many items of {hardware} as the ladies’ head coach, though the highway to it up to now has taken additional work. She thinks it’s all value it.

“It hasn’t been straightforward, however the journey has been rewarding,” she stated. “It has been nerve-racking, however a great kind of stress. I’m a brand new instructor in addition to being a first-year head coach. I’m so passionate concerning the sport and the ladies are enthusiastic about what they do. It makes going to those meets a lot extra fulfilling.”

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