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.
Fitness enthusiasts of a varying of 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 annual Mad Dash Adventure Race, at Fairfield Hills, on June 13. The Newtown Parks and Recreation Department and NYA Sports & Fitness Center hosted the event, and proceeds benefitted scholarship programs run by both the Rec department and NYA. The Mad Dash featured an Advanced course, three Beginner/Family heats, and a Mini Dash for young children. Sandy Hook resident Riley Rising, 16, was first to finish the Advanced race, completing the grueling 5K course with a twist in a time of 38:40.
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 fourth annual Mad Dash will take place Saturday, June 13, at Fairfield Hills. Online registration closes at noon on Friday, June 12.
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.
The 12th Annual Newtown High School Cheer Camp, hosted by the Newtown High varsity cheerleaders, is offered June 22-25, from 9 am to noon. The camp will take place at the NHS cheer gym. Children in kindergarten through ninth grade (for the 2015-16 school year) may work with the back to back South-West Conference champions, and practice jumps, dance, and cheer. The camp is open to any level — from beginner to advanced.
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. The girls’ championship took place at the par 74 Orange Hills Country Club, on June 9, and the Nighthawks placed fifth, shooting a 384. In the State Open girls’ tennis tournament, held at Yale University in New Haven this week, the Nighthawks had four players on the courts.