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Conard Girls Break Record Again at New England Indoor Championship Meet

The Conard girls 4x200 relay team broke a school record and finished sixth in the New England Championships. From left: Kate Shaffer, Rachel Massey, coach James Redman, Molly Binder, and Libby McMahon. Courtesy photo

The girls 4×200 meter relay team from West Hartford’s Conard High School finished in sixth place at the New England Interscholastic Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday.

By Ronni Newton

The Conard girls 4×200 relay team shaved another half second off the school record, taking sixth place in at the New England Interscholastic Indoor Track & Field Championships Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Boston.

The relay team of Rachel Massey, Kate Shaffer, Molly Binder, and Libby McMahon ran 1:46.13 on Saturday, breaking the previous Conard school record of 1:46.46 they set with a second-place finish at the State Open on Feb. 17.

The sixth-place finish, the last time the relay team will run together as a group, qualified them for All-New England honors.

“I am incredibly proud of how hard these girls worked this season,” head indoor track and field coach James Redman said. “Our sprinting coach Steve Chase trained them exceptionally well all season long, and through their hard work and training these girls were able to exceed all of the goals and expectations that we had set for them for the season.”

The relay team got faster and faster as the season progressed, and this is the fourth school record they have set. They broke the former school record of 1:50.33 at the Yale Invitational in January in a time of 1:48.74, then ran 1:47.78 at the Class L Championship in February before shattering that record by more than a second with a 1:46.46 time at the State Open.

Windsor High School, which topped Conard to win the State Open, finished in third place at the New England Championship in 1:44.00.

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The Conard girls 4×200 relay team. From left: Rachel Massey, Kate Shaffer, Molly Binder, and Libby McMahon. Courtesy photo

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