Greenfield’s Tess Rancourt to continue track and field career at Merrimack

  • Greenfield’s Tess Rancourt competes in the shot put during the West/Central Div. 2 Championship last year at Lunenburg High School. Rancourt finished first with a throw of 36 feet 6 inches. FOR THE RECORDER/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 1/14/2022 8:49:32 PM

Greenfield’s Tess Rancourt hasn’t been doing track and field for a long time, but you’d never know it by her performance. 

Rancourt, who originally attended Mohawk Trail before transferring to Greenfield, joined the track and field team as a freshman and instantly found success. Her sophomore season was canceled due to COVID but she had great success her junior season in the shot put and discus, breaking school records in the shot put and following it up by earning a medal at the state level.  

Now a senior, Rancourt made it official on Tuesday that she’ll continue her track and field career at the next level, committing to Division I Merrimack College. 

“I visited there and it was super nice,” Rancourt said. “I liked everything about Merrimack. All the coaches were supportive and they wanted what was best for the team. There was no favoritism. They had a great team atmosphere, everyone knew each other and everyone was hyping each other up. It was a good fit.” 

It came down to Bryant, UMass Lowell and Merrimack for Rancourt. 

She took visits to all three but ultimately felt joining the Warrior program was best for her, not just for the athletic aspect. 

“The class sizes at Merrimack are perfect,” Rancourt said. “They aren’t huge but they aren't super small either. The professors get to know everyone and that’s what I wanted. I don’t think I’d like being at a school with 500 person classrooms where the teachers don’t know everyone.” 

It’s easy to see why Merrimack wanted Rancourt on its team. She broke the Greenfield school record in the shot put last season that had stood for nearly 20 years with a toss of 34 feet, 5 ¾ inches. 

As the season went on she made her new school record harder and harder for those who come next to top, raising the bar at seemingly every meet.  

She closed the season by setting the school record at 38 feet, one inch in a meet against Pioneer, a mark she’s hoping to beat her senior year. 

Rancourt success carried into the postseason. She won shot put at the Central/Mass Div. 2 sectional meet at Lunenburg High School with a throw of 36 feet, 5 ¾ inches and at the All-State meet at Norwell High School she took third with a shot put throw of 36 feet, six inches. 

Rancourt also plays field hockey and basketball at Greenfield, though unfortunately suffered a knee injury during a basketball game earlier this season though is hopeful she’ll be ready to go for the track season in the spring. 

“With the injury, I don’t know what it’ll be like coming back,” Rancourt said. “I’m hoping to come back stronger. I have more motivation now that I’m committed to Merrimack. This year I’m hoping to be throwing 38 (feet) and hopefully near 40 (feet). That’s been the goal since last year.” 

One thing Rancourt hasn’t had at the high school level is a specific throwing coach. Green Wave coach Pete Conway has helped her learn the proper techniques, but Conway is also tasked with coaching up the entire Greenfield team. 

With the Warriors she’ll have assistant coach Samuel Weeks to work with, who specifically focuses on throwing events. 

“The coach is pretty young," Rancourt said. “Not that an older coach can’t do the job but it’s cool to work with someone who is still throwing to this day so he knows what it’s like. It was cool to see that aspect on my visit because I’ve never seen a throwing coach in my life. It’ll be cool to work with someone who's focus is just on throwing.” 

Until she arrives in North Andover in the fall, expect Rancourt to continue raising the shot put record at Greenfield, a record that should stand for some time. 


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