“Emily was at the meet and I talked to her just before I jumped,” Chapman said. “She gave me her blessing to break her record, so I knew I had to do it this time.”
With the words of encouragement from the record-holder in her mind, Chapman made history on her next jump, setting a new school mark with a 37-2, a leap also good enough for the title at the Eastern Massachusetts Division 1 meet yesterday afternoon.
Another Hunt on horizon
The Hunt boys from Andover, Don Jr. (sophomore at Trinity College) and Dustin (a senior at St. John’s Prep), have had wonderful spring seasons for their respective schools.
Don was named to the second team on the All-NESCAC golf team, helping Trinity to a second-place finish in the league match. And Dustin, who is among a handful of the most talented pitchers in Massachusetts, has helped the Prep to a 21-1 record while regularly touching 90 mph on the radar gun.
But their kid sister, Cassandra, a sophomore at Brooks School, is no slouch herself on the mound. Cassandra recorded 42 strikeouts in 54 innings this spring, including a no-hitter against ISL opponent Middlesex. She was just one walk shy of a perfect game.
Her bat also came alive near the end of the season, including a 3-RBI game in Brooks’ finale against Phillips Academy.
Bill Burt is executive sports editor of The Eagle-Tribune and columnist for the Andover Townsman. You can contact him at email@example.com.