Jones ’23, Spence ’24 Take Home Gold Medals at NEPSTA DII Track & Field Championships

Williston Northampton hosted the Division II New England Preparatory School Track Association championship meet on May 20 at Galbraith Fields, and a pair of Wildcats brought home first-place medals.

Jurnee Jones ’23 and Catie Spence ’24 placed first in the shot put and 800-meter race, respectively, on a rainy day in Easthampton. In addition to the DII gold medal, Spence also set a new school record with her win.

Jurnee Jones '23 poses with gold medal after NEPSTA DII championships

Jones won her event with a throw of 29 feet, 2 inches. Francine Tshimbalanga from The Governor’s Academy finished second with a throw of 28-11. Jones’s throw was nearly a foot further than her best in the 2022 NEPSTA championships, when she finished in seventh with a throw of 28-06.

Spence, meanwhile, cruised to victory in the 800, winning in 2 minutes, 20.17 seconds. Elizabeth DiBlasi, of Westminster, finished second at 2:23.32. Spence’s winning time also set the new Williston record, besting Abigail Touhey’s 2:21.08 time set in 2022.

In addition to the two winning finishes, Williston also scored points in the 4×100-meter relay (fourth), and Livia Locke ’26 finished fourth in the javelin (88-09). As a team, Williston finished eighth overall. Tabor Academy took first with 142 points, while Westminster School (61) and Middlesex School (59) rounded out the top three.

See full results from the girls championship here.


The Williston boys also competed at home for the DII championships, and finished in seventh as a team with 28 points. Middlesex School won with 91.33 points, Suffield was second (81) and Roxbury Latin School placed third (80).

Dom DiFillipo ’23 placed third in the shot put (44-3 1/2). Gianluca Lanzilli ’23 finished third in the long jump (20-11 1/2) and fourth in the 100 (11.53), and teammate Max Fujimori ’23 placed fifth (20-3 3/4) in the long jump and tied for fourth in the high jump (5-6). The 4×400 relay team placed fifth (3:40.03), and the 4×100 team placed sixth (45.1). Inigo Sustacha placed fifth in the 110 hurdles (17.45), Jeffrey Warner placed fifth in the 800 (2:03.04).

Full results can be found here.