Correction: Mad Dash officials said some of the participants went off course; at least one of the top ten listed finishers was among them. The 11th-place finisher, who would have been in the top ten, has been added below.
Fitness enthusiasts of a varying ages and abilities made their way through a variety of challenging obstacles — arriving at the finish line muddy, soaked, worn out, and with reason to be proud — at the fourth annual Mad Dash Adventure Race, at Fairfield Hills, on June 13.
Newtown Parks & Recreation, which is co-presenting the 2015 Mad Dash Adventure with NYA Sports & Fitness, announced on June 11 the open registration times and start times for those participating in this year’s event.
The Rooster Run/Walk, a 5K course with the proceeds benefiting the Newtown Scholarship Association, will take place Saturday, June 20, beginning at 8 am. The race will begin and end at the Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street. A course map is available.
Sandy Hook’s Kyle Wilcox, who pitches for Bryant University’s baseball team, received an early birthday present. Wilcox, who turns 21 on June 14, was selected in the sixth round of the Major League Baseball Draft on June 9. Wilcox was picked by the Seattle Mariners 185th overall.
Wilcox, a right-handed starter, recently completed his junior year at Bryant. He posted a 7-3 record in 14 starts. In 80 2/3 innings pitched, he struck out 50 batters and had an earned run average of 3.24.
Newtown High School’s golf teams competed in state championships this week. The boys’ squad, with a score of 327, tied for 12 in the Division I match, won by Ridgefield (313), at the par 72 Timberlin Golf Club in Berlin, on June 8.
Josh Houle shot an 80, Colin Patrick had an 81, Graham Hubbert had an 82, Jacob Burden had an 84, and Ryan Patrick shot a 94.
Newtown High School’s Lauren Russo tied for fifth in the track and field State Open, at Willowbrook Park, in New Britain, on June 8. Russo pole vaulted 10 feet, and qualified for the New England championships, set to take place in Saco, Maine, on June 13.
Other notable Newtown performances from the State Open are as follows: 400 meter dash: 10. Hailey Conrad, 59.16. 300 hurdles: 13. Makenna Cerney, 48.25. Discus throw: 10. Micaela Nowacki, 107-03. Shot-Put: 17. Nowacki, 32-03.50.
Sandy Hook-based LOF Adaptive Skiers is inviting area residents to participate or volunteer as the organization enters its 2015 season. LOF hosts adaptive water sports events teaching waterskiing and wakeboarding for children, adults, and veterans with disabilities or special needs.
Newtown Parks and Recreation Department and NYA Sports & Fitness Center announce the Mad Dash Adventure Race will be held on Saturday, June 13, with the first flight commencing at 8:30 am. All courses will begin and end within Fairfield Hills.
Newtown High School’s softball team saw its state playoff run end in 3-2 loss to host Darien, in the Class LL quarterfinals, on June 5. The sixth-seeded Nighthawks couldn’t overcome a 3-0 deficit despite putting some pressure on the third-seeded Blue Wave by scoring twice in the fifth inning and putting the potential tying run on base in the seventh.
This was a tough loss for Newtown Coach Bob Guererra and company to take given the Darien benefitted from miscues in the field to score each of its runs.