Abigail Touhey ’22 – Girls Varsity Cross Country
Abigail picked up where she left off last year, by dominating the girls varsity cross country dual meet against Kent, coming in first out of 31 runners. She took the lead from the opening gun and was never seriously challenged. Abigail’s enthusiastic and determined work ethic at practices and races continues to serve as an inspiration for the rest of the team as she can be counted on to give her very best in every single workout. On race day, her competitive spirit and full effort on behalf of the team is never in question. Although Abigail is only a sophomore, she is rapidly rising in the ranks of the best runners that have ever competed on the girls cross country team at Williston. She continues to be a superb athlete and personal role model for her teammates and her team will continue to lean on her throughout the rest of the season.
Nat Markey ’20 – Boys Cross Country
Nat ran an outstanding first race for the Wildcats this past weekend, leading the race from start to finish on Saturday vs. Kent. Nat had the Kent’s top runner on his back for the first 3/4 of a mile and then lost him in the woods to ensure his win! He ran with confidence and ease over the remaining 2 ¼ miles. Nat came ready to compete this fall after being very dedicated to his training this past summer. He logged over 500 miles between June and preseason. Additionally, Nat serves as one of our captains and has been an instrumental leader in our first two weeks. The team looks forward to seeing Nat continue to run well and lead the group this fall.
Maeve Reynolds ‘22- Varsity Field Hockey
Maeve had a tremendous start to the season for the varsity field hockey team on Saturday. She played a key role in the Wildcats attack and came through with three assists in the team’s 3-2 victory over a strong St. Mark’s squad. Maeve’s consistent and smooth play has helped the team on every offensive attack, providing the team with a foundation for success. Additionally, she was critical in every corner play, giving the Cats extra opportunities on the offensive end. Maeve’s work ethic and competitive spirit will be relied upon for the duration of the season and the team looks forward to her continued growth on the field.
George Spence ‘21- Boys Varsity Soccer
George has emerged as an important member of the boys varsity soccer team this fall. His preparation during the summer months has served him well during the first few weeks of the season, where he competed against some of the top teams in the nation – Putnam Science and Kiski School – as an outside back or defensive midfielder. George’s leadership has been evident on the practice field as well. His influence on many of the younger players in the program has been invaluable for the program’s culture and growth. George will play an important role in helping the Wildcats achieve its potential this season.
Selena Negron ’22 – Girls Varsity Soccer
Selena has had another great start to the season for the girls varsity soccer team. She recorded her first shutout of the year on Wednesday against a competitive squad from Cheshire, anchoring her team in a 2-0 win. Not to be outdone by her performance earlier in the week, Selena put up a huge 10 save game on Saturday against a very strong Miss Porters team. She showed great leadership and terrific athletic ability coming up with huge saves for the Wildcats, helping to keep them in a fiercely competitive match. Selena works very hard to always be her best and will play a huge part in the Wildcats success this season. The team and her coaches are proud of her contributions and will continue to lean on her leadership and strong play for the remainder of the season.
Tomi Akisanya – Girls Varsity Volleyball
As a returning middle blocker for the girls varsity volleyball team, Tomi has demonstrated great spirit in supporting the team and has provided an assertive presence on the court. Her improving skills and knowledge are evident in the way that she is playing the middle for the Wildcats, especially her ability to block or alter shots at the net. Her work so far this season has been foundational in helping to establish the defensive identity of the team. This skill was immediately felt in the season opening game against KO, as she maintained pressure on the opposing hitters and protected the backline defense. Tomi has become a key member of the starting lineup and the Wildcats will look to her strong leadership skills and athletic ability to help anchor the team this season.
Ava Larkin ‘22 – Girls JV Cross Country
In this sophomore’s first ever cross country race, Ava led the JV seven to a 15-48 win over Kent. As a new runner, Ava is still learning the nuances of pacing in a 5K race, but as everyone was able to see on Saturday, Ava’s grit and determination are already firmly in place. Ava placed 8th for Williston and was able to beat the top Kent finisher in the race, after chasing her relentlessly for the last mile. Ava has worked hard in practice every day this season, and her can-do attitude and unshakable demeanor will serve her well in the demanding sport of cross country. Ava is a great addition to the team and will likely be an important factor for the Wildcats every Saturday.