Wednesday, May 10
A home meet on our new “track” under cloudy and chilly skies against Sherman School was our first test of the season. The WMS runners competed in five events; the mile on Pat’s Track, the “400”, the “100”, the long jump and the “4 x 100”. Runners from both teams posted fast times in what turned out to be very good running conditions. Personal bests were the theme of the day with most runners and jumpers establishing benchmarks to be tested in the upcoming season. The unscored meet was considered a tie.
Monday, May 15
The first away meet pitted WMS against the perennial track and field powerhouses of Woodbury Middle School and Charter Oak. The 2.5-hour meet was an endurance test in itself. For most of the team, this was their first time on an official 400 meter track. The older and experienced runners were helpful in easing the jitters of some on the team. The distance team ran strong and pushed each other to season and personal best times. The sprinters, throwers, and jumpers battled fierce winds and even fiercer competition, but pushed hard to the finish line. Next up is Shepaug Middle School and more fast running!
The last few weeks of tennis have been marked by several successful matches. Our varsity played both Rumsey and IMS, winning both, and our JV teams played both IMS and Kent Center School. We are have worked hare to get all our 37 players the opportunity to play in a match. There is nothing better than a full program—especially on our own courts—and our goal has been to equally share time on and off the court, with fitness, playing time, and coaching. Most importantly, we want to provide fun tennis that will hopefully inspire the students to play more outside of school.
Our varsity team has faced challenging opponents and is focusing on shot selection, consistency and hitting short angles into boxes 4 & 6 to win their singles matches (have your children explain this concept to you!). We have witnessed our JV players use strategies that we work on in our practices i.e. lobbing net players, getting your opponent “off balance”, and closing the net. Our players who are newer to tennis have impressed us by going into their games with control, good communication, and a deeper understanding of the many intricacies of match play.
We have two matches coming up next week: Dutchess Day and Chase Collegiate, which are always well-matched, competitive games. We feel that the season has progressed in a very positive way and hope that you will come watch the students play their final few matches.
See photos on Flickr. Keep checking as we add new pictures throughout the season.