The public is invited to join students of EastConn’s Quinebaug Middle College (QMC) magnet high school on Saturday, June 14, when they host a 5K run and quarter-mile Kids Fun Run. The event, called “Run to Remember: Sandy Hook Hi 5K,” will benefit Sandy Hook Promise. It will be presented at Owen Bell Park, located in the Dayville section of Killingly. Organized by QMC high school students as a public service project, “Run to Remember: Sandy Hook Hi 5K” participants will be invited to walk or run along the Owen Bell Park cross country course used by Killingly High School track students. The race is being directed by The First Mile, a race management company. Cost is $25 if registered in advance, or $30 the morning of the races, which will begin at 8:30.
The 40th annual Newtown Parks and Recreation Rooster Run 5K will start at 8 am on Saturday, June 14. The race begins and ends at the Newtown Municipal Center building in the Fairfield Hills Campus. All proceeds benefit the Newtown Scholarship Association.
Participants crawled or slithered through long tubes, hurdled (or slowly climbed over) bales of hay, and maintained their footing on balance beams while members of Newtown Hook & Ladder tried to hose them off. They put their agility to the test by stutter-stepping through tires, pulled themselves over a wooden barrier, then used what was left in the tank to complete a fitness exercise before getting back to the “easy stuff” — running to next station. Their shoes soaked from the water, they swish-swashed to the mud crawl event, carried rock up a steep hill, then made their way to the suspended ladders where they showed strength and body control monkey-bar style.
Jenna Calandro set the Class LL record by pole vaulting 12-01, and teammates Amy Anyoha and Michaela Nowacki gave Newtown High School a one-two finish in the discus event in the Class LL outdoor track and field state championship meet at Danbury High School, June 4–5.
Newtown High School’s baseball, softball, and lacrosse teams were all eliminated from state tournament play this week, concluding their overall successful campaigns. The softball and baseball teams, after first-round wins, were both defeated on the road in the second round on June 3. The boys’ lacrosse team exited in the first round of their bracket on June 4, and the girls’ lacrosse team was eliminated the next day. Three of the four teams were defeated by defending state champions: The softball team against Southington, and the boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams against Fairfield Prep and Darien, respectively.
Soaring With the Eagles, a free camp for blind or visually impaired children, is being offered this year through the Leaps of Faith (LOF) Adaptive Skiers. LOF coordinators and volunteers will be hosting the innovative four-day adaptive water sports day camp in Sandy Hook for children ages 6-17 from June 24-27. “There are currently no multi-day adaptive waterski/wakeboard camps for visually impaired/blind children in the Northeast and we are very excited to be hosting this unique water sports camp,” said LOF Adaptive Skiers Executive Director Joel Zeisler. Openings for the free camp are still available; advance registration is required.
Newtown High School’s baseball and softball teams won Class LL state tournament first-round games on June 2. The baseball team, seeded 21st in its bracket, traveled to Greenwich and came from behind to defeat the No. 12 Cardinals, 3-2. The Nighthawks were down 2-0 in the sixth inning but rallied for three runs in the decisive frame. On the softball diamond, pitcher Lauren Wilcox tossed a one-hit shutout as the Hawks blanked host Trumbull 4-0.
The May 31 South-West Conference boys’ lacrosse championship game at Bunnell High School, between Newtown High School and the Brookfield Bobcats, was a hard-fought game on both sides. The second-seeded Newtown Nighthawks came out on top with the 10-8 win over No. 5 Brookfield. It was a comeback effort for Newtown, which quickly went down 4-0 in the first quarter. The Nighthawks quickly got it together and brought the score to 4-3 by the half.
When you’re talking about 70-something points, a mere half point isn’t much at all. For Newtown High School’s girls’ track and field team, it meant the difference between a runner-up finish and first place. Newtown scored 77 points and was edged by Weston (77.50) for first place in the 15-team South-West Conference championship meet at Bunnell High School on May 29. The Nighthawks were led by several standout performances, including Jenna Calandro who earned first place in the pole vault event.