Exactly one week after capturing the ISL crown for the 21st consecutive year, the Thayer Academy girls varsity track & field team earned victory at the New England Prep School Track Association (NEPSTA) Division 1 Championships at a meet hosted this past Saturday by St. Paul’s School.
Prior to this year, the girls squad had won the DII championship for 22 straight years. As a result, the NEPSTA Executive Board moved Thayer up to the DI tier even though, by size, the school is somewhere in the middle of DII. This move was supposed to go into effect in 2020, but the pandemic put championships on hold for two years.
“With all the very large DI schools in this meet and Thayer being the smallest school, we set a goal that a top-three finish in DI would be a great way to follow up on winning the ISL last week,” said head coach Jeff Browne P ‘04, ‘05. “As the meet progressed on Saturday, it was clear that Phillips Andover and Thayer would be neck and neck until the end.”
Browne credited his team for rising to the level of competition and noted that 11 student-athletes set personal records that day.
“It was really impressive watching them compete,” he said.
Aoibhe Gormley ‘23 broke both the school and the New England DI record in the 400-meter dash. The 4x400-meter relay team of Chloe Clifford ‘22, Devin McConnaughey ‘22, Taryn Madsen ‘24, and Gormley also broke both the Thayer and DI record.
“For the seniors who had to wait two years, winning the DI Championship was a great way to finish,” Browne said.
In addition to winning both the ISL and New Englands, the Tigers finished the season with a 19-0 record.