17th In School History
At last year's state championship, a Honeybear crossed the finish line in first six times for Harpeth Hall but the team could only manage to amass 105 points which was only good enough for a third place finish as a team. This season, though the individual victories were less, the outcome was better.
|Events w/ Multiple Scorers
|Total Events Scored
Between these teams it really was a situation of strength vs. strength. Sprint heavy Ensworth against distance heavy Harpeth Hall. Here's a further breakdown of how that played out.
*Totals include relays
Erica Douglas and Jaloni Cambridge scored big for the Tigers in distances 400 meters and under while Bella Guillamondegui, Annamaria Bacchetta, and Lily Bowen countered in the distances 800 meters and above
Bella, Bacchetta, and Bowen placed 1st, 2nd, and 6th respectively in a very strategic 1600m that opened with an 85 second first lap and negative split over the final three.
All this is to say the meet wasn't won or lost through these events. The x-factor that tipped the scale in the Honeybear's favor in late May over 2021 was having a healthy Sabrina Russell. The last time the senior competed an entire season was in 2019 as a freshman. In 2020 no one competed and in one of the first meets of her junior season she tore her ACL. Finally healthy and motivated Russell scored a team high 32 points with runner up finishes in the Decathlon and High Jump, a third place finish in the 300m Hurdles, and two 4th place finishes in Shot and the 100m Hurdles.
As Coach Romero notes, Sabrina is the ONLY senior Harpeth Hall will be losing heading into 2023. With Ensworth also returning major scoring threats as well, this will be another great team battle next spring. In the meantime, congratulations to Coach Romero and Harpeth Hall.