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BETHEL — The Newtown High School girls’ track team swept every middle distance and distance event at their rescheduled meet at Bethel High School on January 8.

Emily Litke and Grace Chiriatti took first and second place in the 800 meter run. Hannah Snayd and Ryann Heim-Sherwood placed first and second in the 1000. Sophia Guevara and Abby Ihlefeld took one and two in the 600. Clara D’Amico won the 1600, and Litke won the 3200. The sprint medley relay of Ella Hall, Heim-Sherwood, Guevara, and Snayd, took first place as did the 4x400m relay consisting of D’Amico, Grace Lyons, Guevara, and Joey Libero.

“I am most excited about our relays after today. There are a ton of girls fighting for a spot in a relay and that’s something we have not had in the past. The competition among the team is awesome,” Coach Becky Bourret said.

Jamie Adams, Kayleigh Troy, Reese Smith, and Madi Singlak earned places four through seven in the 55 hurdles.

Troy came in second in both high jump and pole vault. Adams placed third in both high jump and long jump, and Kaelin Rising placed third in shot-put.

“We were missing some key varsity athletes at this first showing due to COVID isolations, injury, and the snow day date change, but the athletes there really stepped up,” Bourret said.

The Nighthawks competed against fellow South-West Conference teams who they will see in their conference championships later this winter.

Between this meet and a December 29 meet at New Haven’s Floyd Little Athletic Center, the Nighthawks have qualified 12 athletes for the championships.

The boys’ team showed its strength sweeping multiple events as well.

Aidan Budge, Soheib Dissa, and Colby Harrell took places two through four in the 800. Oliver Guzy placed second in the 55 hurdles. Caleb Smith and Brock Dukate earned first and second in the 55 dash. Cameron Whorf and Soheib Dissa took one and two in the 600. Whorf also earned third in the 300. Guzy tied for fourth in the long jump with a jump of 18-03.

The Nighthawks won the sprint medley relay consisting of Dukate, Smith, Harrell, and Budge.

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