Newtown and Sandy Hook were well-represented on June 28 in the annual Faxon Law Group Fairfield Half Marathon. The 13.1-mile course started and finished at Jennings Beach and brought runners through the streets of downtown Fairfield and Southport, along the water in spots, and up some tough hills. The race, which features top international runners and fast competitors from across the United States, was won by Ethiopia’s Gosa Girma Tefera, who completed the course in 1:04.05. Sandy Hook’s Pedro Padilla finished the course in 165th place among nearly 3,000 competitors, crossing the finish line in a time of 1:34.35. Participants and sponsors of the annual road races raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for a variety of charitable organizations every year.
Joining a team requires athletes acclimate themselves to their new teammates, and it can take a little time to get comfortable. In the case of Newtown High School’s golf teams, that adjustment period was altogether avoided for some participants. That’s because they’re siblings — already very familiar with one another — on and off the course — before they went to their first high school practice together at Rock Ridge Country Club.
Newtown High School was well-represented in the All State and All South-West Conference selections for spring sports. All State First Team honorees were softball player Emily Woznick, baseball players Julian Dunn and David Matthews, and golfer Sarah Houle. Others to be honored with All State achievement are Julia Sughrue and Deegan Beauchemin.
David Conrad, 50, narrowly edges Danbury 58-year-old Manuel Batista-Leal for eighth place in the Rooster Run 5K, at Fairfield Hills, on June 20. Conrad completed the course in a time of 19:17, and Batista-Leal finished in 19:18. The race drew close to 300 participants. Christopher Gamble was the top overall finisher, coming across the finish line in 16:48. Proceeds from the Newtown Parks & Recreation-sponsored event benefit the Newtown Scholarship Association.
Christopher Gamble had won his age group, but never claimed first place overall in a road race. That changed on June 20, when the Newtown 18-year-old led a field of nearly 300 participants across the finish line at the 41 Annual Rooster Run. Gamble finished the 5K race in a time of 16:48. “It feels good to represent Newtown,” Gamble said of winning the Newtown Parks & Recreation-sponsored run, from which proceeds benefit the Newtown Scholarship Association.
The Rooster Run/Walk, a 5K course with the proceeds benefiting the Newtown Scholarship Association, will take place tomorrow, Saturday, June 20, beginning at 8 am. The race will begin and end at the Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street. Race day registration, at the start of the course, will end at 7:45 am. Fee on race day is $30.
The track and field season continued for some members of Newtown High School’s squad in mid-June postseason meets. Lauren Russo competed in the pole vault event at the New England championships in Saco, Maine, on June 13, and recorded a personal record jump of 10-foot-3. Several Nighthawks participated in the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Decathlon & Heptathlon Championship, at Willowbrook Park in New Britain, June 16 and 17.
Matt Memoli, Newtown High School’s baseball coach, will hold three weeks of summer baseball camps this year. The cost for each camp is $200 and they all will be held at the Newtown High baseball field.
Riley Rising won the Advanced heat in the Mad Dash Adventure Race, held at Fairfield Hills, on June 13. Rising finished in a time of 38:40. The event featured a variety of challenging obstacles; competitors climbed, crawled, ran for fun and fitness — and got muddy and soaking wet in the process. The Mad Dash had a record turnout with nearly 500 athletes who particiapted in the 4.3-mile Advanced course, one of three heats of the Beginner/Family run, and Mini Dash for young children.