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Hawks Shine In SWC Track Championships



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NEW HAVEN — Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ track and field teams had some stellar performances, including first-place results, at the February 8 South-West Conference championship meet at Floyd Little Athletic Center.

The girls placed second and the boys were fourth. There were numerous top-ten finishes by the Nighthawks.

In the 55-meter dash Elise Barricelli was first in a time of 7.57 seconds. Riley Powers won the 1600 in 5:20.17. Sarah Nowacki won the shot put event with a throw of 35-03.50; teammate Anna Burns was second with a 32-04.25.

The 4x800 relay team of Aidan Budge, Drew Poseno, Nick Jacobs, and Will Tainter-Gilbert was first in a time of 8:34.32.

Weston was first in both competitions. The NHS girls, with 89 points, lost to the Trojans by just 11 points, closing the gap after falling by 44 last winter. The boys also made strides, improving on last year’s seventh-place outcome.

“Overall an awesome meet, we are not disappointed in the results; we worked hard. We made some mistakes here and there but others picked up the slack. As a team we came in prepared and did the best we could. On to states and on to outdoor,” Coach Becky Knapp said.

Boys’ Coach Becky Osborne was also pleased with the overall results. “We went in with a positive, relaxed attitude, and everyone stepped up and did really well. I am very proud of this team and all of their hard work. I can’t wait to see what states and outdoors brings,” Osborne said.

Top Newtown girls’ results by event are as follows:

55-meter: Elise Barricelli, first, 7.57 (lifetime PR). Vicki Moran, fifth, 7.76 (lifetime PR). Eva Barricelli, eighth, 7.97 (PR, qualified for states). Katelyn Zaniewski, 11th, 8.02 (PR). Sarah Holcomb, 16th, 8.08 (lifetime PR, missed states qualifying by .04). Bridget Lovely, 8.12 (PR).

300: Elise Barricelli, fourth, 43.64. Laura Wong, sixth, 44.05.

600: Rylee Harrell, fifth, 1:44.88. Skyler Howard, seventh, 1:48.44 (PR, qualified for states). Hannah Snayd, eighth, 1:49.69 (PR, qualified for states).

1000: Ally McCarthy, second, 3:02.27 (PR, re-broke her school record by 2 seconds). Riley Powers, fourth, 3:08.26 (PR). Emily Litke, tenth, 3:30.18 (lifetime PR).

1600: Powers, first, 5:20.17. Courtney Henchcliffe, tenth, 5:45.83 (season best). Gloria Rowley, 14th, 5:58.91 (season best).

3200: Emily Tressler, third, 12:22.91.

55 hurdles: Jamie Adams, eighth, 10.07 (lifetime PR, qualified for states). Arden Hildenbrand, ninth, 10.11 (lifetime PR, qualified for states). Becca Walsh, 10.86 (lifetime PR).

4x200: second, 1:49.35 (Moran, Elise Barricelli, Wong, Harrell; broke school record, sixth record broken this season).

4x400: third, 4:17.76 (Sophia Guevara, Wong, Amelia Daly, Powers).

4x800: fifth, 10:29.95 (Harrell, Guevara, Emily Tressler, Henchcliffe).

SMR: fourth, 4:30.86 (Lovely, Moran, McCarthy, Guevara; season best)

Shot put: Sarah Nowacki, first, 35-03.50 (lifetime PR). Anna Burns, second, 32-04.25 (lifetime PR). Lily Beasly, fourth, 29-01.50 (lifetime PR). Kaelin Rising, eighth, 27-06.25 (lifetime PR).

Long jump: Sarah Tressler, seventh, 14-10.75 (season record). Grace Miller, 11th, 14-06.00. Ashley Hubner, 14th, 14-01.5 (lifetime PR). Joey Libero, 15th, 13-10.75 (lifetime PR).

Boys’ results:

55 dash: Will Hornby, fourth, 6.75 (PR). Neil Coppola, ninth, 6.90 (PR). Aiden Hall, 19th, 7.15 (PR).

300: Tristan Andrew, second, 37.15 (PR). Coppola, eighth, 38.80 (PR).

600: Drew Poseno, fourth, 1:28.11 (PR). Aiden Budge, sixth, 1:30.98.

1000: Nick Jacobs, sixth, 2:45.45 (PR). Will Tainter-Gilbert, 11th, 2:57.46. Matt Sortino, 17th, 3:01.84.

55 hurdles: Toby Ferris, fifth, 9.24 (PR).

4x200: sixth, 1:38.23 (Ferris, Hornby, Andrew, Coppola).

4x400: fifth, 3:47.27 (Poseno, Budge, Hornby, Andrew).

4x800: first, 8:34.32 (Jacobs, Tainter-Gilbert, Poseno, Budge; PR).

SMR: seventh, 4:16.75 (Hall, Hampton Cobb, Ferris, Sortino).

Shot put: Grant Baker, fourth, 42-10 (PR).

Long jump: Cobb, tenth, 18-6 (PR). Hall, 17th, 17-7 (PR). Andi Braholli, 22nd, 15-8.

High jump: Jackson Simms, fourth, 5-4 (PR). Ethan Appiah, fifth, 5-4 (PR).

Drew Poseno leads a pack of runners. —Krista Benson photo
Vicki Moran races during a relay event at the SWC championships. —Krista Benson photo
Elise Barricelli competes for the Nighthawks. —Krista Benson photo
Nick Jacobs makes turn during his leg of a relay race. —Krista Benson photo
Matt Sortino competes for the Nighthawks. —Bee Photo, Hutchison
Will Hornby and Neil Coppola sprint. —Bee Photo, Hutchison
Eva Barricelli competes for the Nighthawks. —Bee Photo, Hutchison
Ella Hage and Chloe Karnas race for Newtown. —Bee Photo, Hutchison
Riley Powers and Ally McCarthy make their way around the track along with several opponents. —Bee Photo, Hutchison
Emily Litke, Chloe Karnas, and Gloria Rowley race for the Hawks. —Bee Photo, Hutchison
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