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Nighthawk Track Team Members Take Home SWC Championships



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High school indoor track teams, including Newtown’s squads, only had an opportunity to compete a few times in March once the sport’s “high risk” coronavirus protocol label was lifted, but the teams made the most of the truncated season and capped things off by tallying final-meet results for South-West Conference individual event champions. The top three finishers in each event were recognized. There was no team scoring this time around. Newtown had some standout performances, including champs in a variety of events, stemming from their March 18 visit to Weston. Newtown also had a pair of home-away-from-home meets as Bethel High allowed the Nighthawks to host competitions.

Elise Barricelli won the 55 meter dash title in a time of 7.63 seconds. Riley Powers came in third in the event in 7.92, and Katelyn Zaniewski was eighth in 8.15.

Ally McCarthy won the 1000 meter run in a time of 3:08.77, 15 seconds faster than the closest competitor. Teammates Grace Chiriatti (3:27.85), Maddie Fetchick (3:29.42), and Emily Litke (3:30.92) earned the fourth through sixth spots.

The sprint medley relay team of Joey Libero, McCarthy, Hannah Snayd, and Zaniewski was first in 4:28.74.

In the girls’ 600, Snayd crossed the finish line in second place with a time of 1:42.96.

Drew Poseno was third in the boys’ 600, clocking in at 1:28.80, and Aidan Budge was eighth in 1:36.29.

Powers was second in the girls’ 1600 meter run, finishing in 5:20.00.

In the girls’ 300 dash, Barricelli placed second in 42.83. In the boys’ 300, Aidan Hall was sixth in 39.74.

Emily Tressler was second in the 3200 with a time of 12:52.07. Courtney Henchcliffe was third in the race with a time of 12:52.27.

Newtown’s 4x800 girls’ relay team of Fetchick, Henchcliffe, Litke, and Tressler was second in a time of 10:54.26

On the boys’ side, the 4x800 comprising Budge, Poseno, Matt Sortino, and Cameron Whorf placed second in 8:47.35.

The 4x400 team of Libero, Litke, McCarthy, and Snayd was second in 4:30.14.

In the 55 meter hurdles event, NHS had the ninth through 11th spots with Ashley Hubner finishing in 10:23, Jamie Adams completing the race in 10:40, and Arden Hildenbrand finishing in 10:45. Hall was fifth in the 55 dash in 6.98 seconds.

Ethan Appiah high jumped to first place with a leap of 5-04. Grace Miller cleared the bar at 4-08 for seventh place.

Zosia Teraszkiewicz was eighth in the long jump with a 14-06, and Miller placed ninth by landing in the sand 14-04.50 from the line. Hampton Cobb placed sixth in the boys’ long jump event with an 18-01.

Sarah Nowacki won the shot-put competition with a throw of 32-07.50. Zaniewski was eighth in the shot-put with a 24-09.25. Shayna Millard came in tenth with a 24-08.25.

Grant Baker was second in the boys’ shot-put competition with a 38-06.25.

This concludes a rewarding season for athletes who, up until late February, did not know whether or not they would have an opportunity to compete. McCarthy had a standout performance in the Adidas Indoor Nationals in March, finishing third in the 800 opens with a personal record time of 2:20.28. She also set her own records in the 1500 (5:03) and mile (5:22).

Grace Miller high jumps during one of Newtown’s meets, at Bethel High, this winter. —Amanda Poseno photos
Tommy Varga competes in the shot-put event.
Brian Reyes races for the Nighthawks.
Hannah Snayd leads a group around a bend on the track.
Drew Poseno competes for the Hawks.
Ethan Appiah leads the way toward the finish line for the Nighthawks.
Joey Libero, right, speeds around a turn.
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