Greenfield’s Victoria Marin, Tess Rancourt hope record-breaking seasons translate into postseason success

  • Greenfield's Tess Rancourt tosses the shot put during a track meet against Pioneer earlier this season. STAFF FILE PHOTO

  • Greenfield’s Victoria Marin, shown here during an indoor race in 2020, has set three school records this spring. STAFF FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

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Published: 6/16/2021 6:38:16 PM

As the regular season has reached its conclusion, Greenfield High School track and field stars Victoria Marin and Tess Rancourt aim to keep improving on what has already been an outstanding season. The duo have both set school records for the Green Wave this spring, and now turn their attention toward the the Central/West Division 2 championships this weekend at Lunenburg High School.

Marin has etched her name in the record books in three track and field events, recently bettering records she had already set earlier in the season. Marin broke the 100-meter hurdle record, running a time of 15.7 seconds against Turners Falls, and set the 400 hurdles mark (72 seconds) against Mohawk Trail. Marin continued her dominance in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 3 inches in a record-breaking performance at Athol.

“To be a senior and break all of these records my last year here, even though we didn’t get to compete last season, to come through and break three school records just feels great,” Marin said.

Marin has yet to reach her personal record of 16-10 in the long jump this season, but said she also has her eyes set on that school record this weekend. The Greenfield school mark is just three-quarters of an inch away from her PR.

“You always have to be positive,” Green Wave coach Peter Conway said. “You can’t be negative about what you just did. You can’t correct what's in back of you, but maybe you know what happened and that’s how you go forward, by working on what you think went wrong.”

After transferring from Mohawk Trail before her sophomore year, Rancourt was relatively new to track and field with just one year of experience under her belt. She originally played lacrosse before moving her talents to the shot put.

Things on the track started slowly. In her first year with the Green Wave, Rancourt and her teammates had their season canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. While facilities were shut down, Rancourt had to stick to strength and conditioning training to maintain a high level of performance.

“To miss a year of spring track is a loss that you can’t get back,” Conway said. “You can maybe start breaking records, but you also wonder how you would have been if you were able to fine-tune those events in the season you’ve lost. I think that made a big difference.”

Walking out onto the field for the first time in April, Rancourt exceeded all expectations. She broke the GHS shot put record against Mahar, throwing 34-5¾, then broke her own record five days later against Athol, throwing 35-4.

“I didn’t really know what to expect and I don’t think my coach did either,” Rancourt said. “It was really amazing to be able to come through for the team and come through for Conway and show that all of his work with me paid off.” 

Marin and Rancourt have become leaders for the Greenfield track and field program, pushing underclassmen to achieve the same heights the two stars have accomplished this season.

“It’s all about hard work and training,” Marin said. “Some of my teammates will come up to me and congratulate me after an event and I will then go work with them and help them do as well as they can.”

Marin and Rancourt will be competing in their respective events this weekend in hopes of securing a high enough placement at the Central/West Division 2 championships, which would earn them a spot at the All-State meet later this month.


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