By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
The Westwood High School girls track and field team was set to have a big spring in 2020. Unfortunately, the team had its season taken from them due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Westwood boasted a large senior class composed of 19 athletes. Amongst this group of seniors is Dawnesha Dwyer-Young, who holds the school records in the 55m hurdles and the 100m hurdles. Westwood's team MVP in 2019, Dwyer-Young was the reigning TVL champion in the 100m hurdles. During the indoor season past winter, Dwyer-Young finished third in the 55m Hurdles at the Division IV state meet and eighth a week later at All-States.
Rounding out Westwood girls track and field's 2020 senior class are Antara Adhav, Cortina Barbieri, Elizabeth Bunker, Emily Burbo, Gina Dacey, Alexis David, Faye Durant, Cynthia El Choueiri, Fiona Galvin, Olivia Holbrook, Anne-Marie Maughn, Jordan Mula, Roisin O'Keeffe, Trisha Patel, Kayleigh Sattler, Alyssa Shelburne, Charlene Tierney and Jessica Wen.
"This group of seniors have demonstrated the flexibility, grit, and tenacity that it takes to grow up in such an uncertain time," said Westwood head coach Raul Madera on the Westwood track and field's class of 2020. "Even before the start of this pandemic, they had been showing these qualities ever since they stepped foot on the track. Many of these athletes took on the challenges of exploring new events, even if they knew it was going to be hard. They tackled through difficult workouts with smiles on their faces and always looking out to how they can support their fellow teammates. While, of course, a part of me is sad that these athletes didn't get the ending to their track and field careers that we all were hoping for, a part of me is excited to know that the rest of the world will get to learn from these amazing athletes. I wish them all the best on the next chapter of their lives."
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