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Top 20 Track and Field Athletes of All-Time

How to rank the different qualities that make an athlete stand out is an imperfect science. Athletes were rated by career scoring, records set, success on the national and regional level, groundbreaking performances, success at the league meet and contributions to the team. Even these first 10 can be debated - and should. Anyone wishing to comment on these rankings can contact me at

These rankings were chosen solely by Coach Estey and he takes full credit for any mistakes and omissions. Your input will be considered if you contact this site.

Emily Estey (Capt. '97)

The most outstanding all-around athlete in NA history

Leading scorer in North Attleboro history (843 points)                    
New England Champion in 800M (96)
State Champion in 300M hurdles (97)
State Champion in Heptathalon (97)

State Record in Heptathalon (4,111 pts.) (broken in '01)
Three time state Class C Champion (95-800, 96-800, 97-300MH)
State Coaches Meet champion in javelin (95)
2nd place in Easterns 800M (97)
All State relay record holder (sprint medley)
State Class B 4X400 relay record holder
Member of fifth place 4X400 team at Nationals (3:47)
Three School Records (300MH, Mile, Heptathalon)
Five school relay records (4x200, 4x400, sprint medley, shuttle hurdles, javelin)
Hockomock League Meet Record 300MH
Two time Hockomock League Spring Track MVP
All Globe Selection and Globe Phelps Scholar-Athlete award winner

Emily went on to become Captain of Yale's indoor and outdoor track teams. She was Heps champion in the 1500M, received multiple All New England and All East Honors and was a member of the Yale school record distance medley team.

Melody Johnson ('86)

The most amazing performer in NA history

Second leading scorer in North Attleboro history (753 pts.)
New England Champion in shot put (86)
New England Championship Meet record in shot put (broken in '02)
State Champion in Shot Put

Three time State Class C champion (84-100M, 86-100M, 86-shot put)
2nd place in Easterns shot put (86)
National #1 ranking in shot put (86)
All State Relay record holder (shot put)
One time state record in 4X100
Anchored winning relay at Eastern State Championship
Three School Records (100, 200, shot put)
Two school relay records (4X100, Shot Put)
Hockomock League Meet Record (100-shot put)
All Globe Team

Melody went on to run one season at Barton Community College in Kansas where she won the Junior College National Championship in shot put.


Karen Pearce (Capt. '86)

NA single season scoring record (272 points)

State Champion in 100M Hurdles '86
Member State 4X100M Championship Team (state record)
Member of winning Eastern Championship 4X100M team

Hockomock League MVP (86)
Once held two individual school records (Long Jump, 100MH 30")
Fifth Leading scorer in school history (566 points)
Globe All Scholastic Team
One school relay records (High Jump)

Previosly held three other relay records (4X100, 4X200, Shuttle hurdles)


Melissa Golembewski ('86)

State Champion in high jump (86)

Member of state championship and record holding 4X100M team
Incredible State Finals in 86. 1st place -HJ, 1st place 4X100, 3rd place 100MH)

State Class C high jump champion ('85-'86)
School record holder in high jump (5'4)
Member of 4X100M team which won Eastern States Championship
Two school relay records (4X100, High Jump)
Two time "Century Club" member

Melissa went on to be a multi-event star at the University of Massachusetts competing in up to six events per meet.


Alisha Durant (Capt. '97)

Third leading scorer in school history (642 points)
Two time State Class B Champion (Long Jump-97, 100MH-97)
Second place in State Finals 100MH
Third place in New Englands 100MH
Third place finisher in Eastern 100MH championship
Third place in state heptathalon
One school record (100MH)
Member of state record holding sprint medley team
Three school relay records (shuttle hurdles, 4X200, sprint medley)
Three time "Century Club" member


Kelly Magnan (Capt. '86)

4th leading scorer in school history (618 points)

State Class C champion in discus and 4X100
Was #2 scorer from 86 until 96
State Coaches Meet winner in Discus
Member of state meet record setting 4X100
Member of 4X100 which placed 1st in Easterns
Member of state record shot put relay team (record still stands)
Three time "Century Club" member
Member of Globe All Scholastic team


Jennifer Copley (Capt. '81)

First athlete to score over 200 points in a season (208)

First individual state finalist in school history

One time holder of 5 school records (100yd, 100M, 200yd, 200M, long jump)
*200yd record retired unbeaten
State Class C 200M champion
One current school relay record (LJ)
Career point record holder from 1980-1985
Currently #7 on career scoring list (510)
Three time "Century Club"


Beth Pfefferle (Capt. '86)

State Class C meet record holder (2:14.3)
State Class C 800M Champion (86)
Third place in state finals 800 (86)
Second place in state finals 400 (85)
Two school records (400M, 800M)
Hockomock League Meet record (400-47.2)
Member 4x800M school record team
14th on all time scoring list (336 points)
Two time "Century Club" member
Beth went on to run four years for Harvard University and was team captain in 1990. . She was a member of the select Harvard/Yale team that toured England and Ireland.


Lynn Liberatore (Capt. '91)

Second place in the New Englands two mile (11:12 -"90")
Placed in State Finals two consecutive years
Third place in State Finals two mile (90)
Consistant double winner in dual meets (sub 11:30 and 5:30 doubles)
Anchor leg of 4Xmile which set an All State relay record of 22:22
Anchor leg of 4Xmile which placed third in the Eastern Championship
One school record (two mile), Once held the mile record
Two school relay records (distance medley, 4Xmile)
Lynn went on to run four years at Holy Cross and was team captain in 1995. She was the first female to win the Holy Cross athlete of the year award and set a Patriot League record in the 10,000M.


TyLynn Graham ('05)

School Record Holder in three events (HJ, TJ, 100MH)

Placed 3rd in New England Championships (100MH-14.92)

School Record Holder in one relay event (TJ)

All-Hock both seasons competed ('04, '05)

Hockomock League MVP ('05)

Triple Winner in Hock League Meet (100MH, high jump, 4X400M)

Hockomock League Meet record (100MH-14.9)

Double winner at State Coaches Invitational

Scored 293 Career Points in two years

Attending URI on a full track scholarship




Caitlin Hurley (Capt. '03)

Two time Class B 100M champion

Four time competitor in New England Championship 4X100

Three time Hock Champ 100M and 4X100M

Anchor Leg state championship 4X100

School Record 4X200

Two time State Coaches Invitational 4X100M Champion

Top 5 all-time 100M and 200M

#17 career scoring

Dr. Grant scholar-athlete award winner

Athletic Cup recipient


Leah Seward  (Capt.05)

#7 All-Time in scoring (547 points)

Four School Relay Records (LJ, TJ, 4X100, 4X200)

Top 5 All-Time in five events (200, 400, LJ, TJ, Hept)

Three time Century Club Member ('03, '04, '05)

Anchored 4X100M to:

•  school record three times

•  two consecutive Hockomock League championships

•  Hockomock League Meet record (49.4)

•  Class B Meet record (49.38)

•  two consecutive Class B Relay Championship wins

•  two consecutive New England Championship Placements

Wendy's High School Heismen Finalist

Dr. Grant scholar-athlete award winner

Athletic Cup recipient



Missy Meschisen ( Capt. '94)

First North runner to score over 100 points per season all four years
Sixth on career scoring list (549 points)

Former school record holder in triple jump
Three time All Hock selection

One school relay record (triple jump)


Sherri Booker (Capt. '92)

#8 on career scoring list (484)
Two time New Englands competitor in 100M

Two time placement in State Finals
"Century Club" for three consecutive years
Member of All time top 5 list in two events (100-200)


Lisa Rush (82)

State Class C champion in discus (1981)

One time South Shore meet record holder
One of the top throwers in NA history
School record holder in discus (126'11")
15th on All time scoring list (323)
Held school shot put record (35'10) -*spin technique
Held Hockomock League Meet Record in discus for many years


Janet Pailes (01)

#8 All-Time Scoring

Class B 400M Champion
Triple Jump Record Holder until '05
All-time top 5 in three events (TJ, 400, 800)
3rd all-time in 400M and 800M
Runs for the University of Rhode Island. Placed in Atlantic 10 Championships as a frosh



Atinuke Adeyemi (Capt. '06)

School Record Holder (200M = 25.44)

Class B State Champion (200M)

Hock Champion in the 200M

School All-Time performance lists in 4 events (100,200,400, long jump)

Anchor Leg of school record 4X100M (48.86)

Anchor leg of State Champion 4X100M (49.10)

Century Club Member

Leading scorer '06 = 146 points


Kellyn Kearney (Capt.04)

School Record Holder (long jump – 17'8)

Two-Time Hockomock League champion (long jump)

School Relay Record (long jump, 4X100M)

Ran leadoff on 4X100 that:


Shirley Valcourt ('97)

Sole member of "100-40" club (over 100' in discus and 40' in shot)

Won Eastern Championship shot put
Two time Hockomock Champion in shot put
Member of "Century Club"



Jacquie Reece (Capt. '82)

9th on all time scoring list (434)
Two time "Century Club" member
First jumper over 5'
Held high jump record (5'2.5")
Member of state level and school record 4X100
Consistant 5' high jump and 16' long jump
Coached at NA for three years


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