The Worcester Telegram is proud to announce the nominees for the Hometeam girls’ indoor track Athlete of the Year for the Central Mass High School Sports Awards, presented by DCU — Digital Federal Credit Union, will be held live on Wednesday, June 22, at Hanover Theatre & Conservatory for the Performing Arts, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
During the live show, these nominees will be honored, and the athlete of the year will be selected. Learn more on the program and see which athletes have already been named nominees on the show’s website. Athletes must register for the event here. Each nominated athlete receives one free ticket. Additional tickets may be purchased here.
The Central Mass High School Awards show is part of the USA TODAY High School Sports Awards, the largest high school sports recognition program in the country.
Here are the Hometeam girls’ indoor track Athlete of the Year nominees:
Nashoba, Sophomore, 2 Mile
What a sensational season it was for this sophomore, already a three-time T&G Super Team selection. Collins finished fourth at the MSTCA Northeast Invitational, second at the All-State championships and eighth at the New Englands. She was one of two non-seniors to medal at the New Englands, where she posted a school-record time of 11 minutes, 14.63 seconds. Collins then set the school record in the mile with a 5:02.58 — good for third in the rising stars division — at the New Balance Nationals Indoor. Collins’ most memorable moment of the season was competing with her teammates at the famed Armory in New York City. She is the daughter of Kristen and Fred Collins of Stow.
Priscilla de Carvalho
Algonquin, Senior, High Jump
De Carvalho came on strong as the season progressed, clearing 5 feet, 2 inches in each of her final three competitions to match her personal record. That combination of consistency and excellence boosted her to second place at the MSTCA Last Chance meet, first at the Division 2 state meet — after taking third as a sophomore — and seventh at the All-State championships. Winning a state title understandably was her most memorable moment of the season. De Carvalho also made her mark for the Titans in the 55-meter hurdles and 800 relay. A singer, songwriter and pianist, de Carvalho will study music at the University of Massachusetts. She is the daughter of Didley and Weliton de Carvalho of Wellesley.
Auburn, Junior, 55 Hurdles
DeFosse had a fantastic finish after getting off to a slow start while recovering from surgery. The two-time T&G Super Team selection hurdled her way to first-place finishes at the Southern Worcester County League championships and the Gerry Frew Invitational. DeFosse then placed third at the Division 4 state meet, seventh at the All-State championships and fourth at the New Englands. DeFosse’s first trip to the New Balance Nationals Indoor was a successful one as she lowered her school record in the 55 hurdles to 8.41 seconds — a time that ranked third in the state this season — and, in her most memorable moment of the season, took fourth in …….