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Grace Lyons Follows Record-Setting SWC Performance With State Title; And Dissa, Chappa Claim Championships



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Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ track and field teams combined for a trio of first-place efforts in the State Class Championship meets, and added to it in the State Open.

Led by a first-place run in the 400 meter event by Grace Lyons, the Newtown girls placed ninth with 30 points in the Class LL Championships at Willowbrook Park in New Britain on May 29; Glastonbury was first with 87 points.

Lyons won the event in a time of 58.18. She edged out New Britain’s Sultana Ali who finished in 58.66. Lyons had set the South-West Conference Championship record in the 400 with a title-winning time of 57.05.

Soheib Dissa won the 1600 and Jack Chappa took the title in the discus throw at the Class L meet, also at Willowbrook, on May 30, as the Newtown boys earned fourth as a team with 50 points; Xavier of Middletown was first with 125. Dissa took the 1600 title in a time of 4:10.75. Chappa won the discus throw competition with a 158-04.

Dissa also won the 1600 title at the June 3 State Open at Willowbrook Park, finishing in 4:16.78.

In the Class LL meet Newtown’s 4x800 relay team of Ana Morris, Clara D’Amico, Keira Budge, and Leah Morris placed fifth with a season-best time of 9:51.90.

In the 100 hurdles Aashni Shetty took third in 15.61. Lola Kessler came in fourth in the pole vault event clearing 9-foot-6.

On the boys’ side, the 4x800 relay team of Gabe Appiah, Grady Marks, Aydyn Gonzalez, and Hayden Bobowick was second in 42.75. The 4x100 team of Appiah, Marks, Gonzalez, and Bobowick also took second, finishing in 42.75.

In addition to Dissa’s win, Noah Masotta was seventh in the 1600 in 4:21.96. Jayden Taylor came in fourth in the 110 hurdles in 15.14. Bobowick came in third in the 200 in 22.21 and placed eighth in the 400 with a time of 49.98.

Chappa placed fifth in the shot-put event with a 45-07.50 and was seventh in the javelin throw with a 137-07. Dominic Simpri placed seventh in the high jump event clearing 5-foot-10. Appiah was 11th in the long jump with a 19-11.50.

Newtown’s teams competed in the June 3 State Open at Willowbrook Park. The boys placed 11th as a team and both NHS squads had some individual and relay success.

Lyons was seventh in the 400 in 57.89. Kessler came in 14th in the pole vault event with a clearing 10 feet to move into sixth in the Newtown record books. Shetty reset her school record in the 100 hurdles in a 16th-place time of 15.57.

The boys’ 4x100 team of Appiah, Marks, Gonzalez, and Bobowick reset the school record and placed third in 42.23. Bobowick was 13th in the 200 in 22.13, resetting his school record in the process.

Chappa came in seventh in the discus event with a 153-06. Masotta took 12th in the 1600 with a time of 4:29.53.

Lyons qualified to Nike Nationals in Eugene Ore., June 12-15. D’Amico also qualified in the Steeplechase, as did Shetty in the triple jump, along with the girls’ 4x800 relay team (D’Amico, Budge, Ana and Leah Morris). Only Lyons will attend due to conflicts, including graduation.

A pair of boys’ relays, the 4x100 comprising Bobowick, Gonzalez, Marks, and Appiah, along with the sprint medley team of Brady, Bobowick, Gonzalez, and Appiah, will attend the Adidas Nationals in Greensboro, N.C. on June 14. Dissa will represent the Hawks at the New Balance Nationals in Philadelphia June 13-16.

Sports Editor Andy Hutchison can be reached at andyh@thebee.com.

Grace Lyons won the 400 meter run at the Class LL State Championships. —photo courtesy Carly Swierbut
Lola Kessler cleared ten feet in the pole vault event at the State Open. —photo courtesy Becky Bourret
The 4x100 relay team of Hayden Bobowick, Aydyn Gonzalez, Grady Marks, and Gabe Appia, pictured with their runner-up plaque at the SWC Championships, also went on to place second in the Class L meet and will compete in the National Championships. —photo courtesy Kim Marks
The Spring Medley relay of Elas Brady, Hayden Bobowick, Aydyn Gonzalez, and Gabe Appiah is headed to the National Championships. —photo courtesy Kim Marks
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