Track And Field Teams Shine And Relay Record Broken
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ track and field teams competed in meets April 23 and 24.
The girls visited Pomperaug of Southbury on April 23 and defeated the host Panthers 101-49, topped Stratford 136.5-13.5, and Immaculate of Danbury 103.6-41.5.
“It was a much more difficult meet this time around. The weather and wind did not seem to be on our side at this meet, with the wind hitting the straight away head on. We saw only a few PRs but much consistency, which is key. Our freshmen sprinters seem to really be taking the training in stride and we are seeing the progress,” Coach Becky Knapp said.
Audrey Benson placed second in the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.6 seconds, going up against a strong group of Pomperaug hurdlers, Knapp said.
Laura Wong, in middle distance, had a great 400 performance with a time of 64.7 qualifying for South-West Conference championships, Knapp added.
“Our jumpers are having a great start to their season,” said Knapp, adding that Juliette Cryder, Sarah Tressler, and Amy Sapenter have all qualified for the state meet in the high jump.
Carly Swierbut, new to the event, improved her state championship qualifying distance as she long jumped 16-2. Sapenter had a long jump effort of 15-7 to qualifying for states as well. Sarah Nowacki had a huge improvement at the second meet with a javelin throw of 107.
Newtown’s best finish at the O’Grady Relays in Danbury this past weekend came from the sprint medley relay which was first with a time of 4:18.66, crushing the school record, and only two seconds off from qualifying for National Championships. The relay comprises Reagan Schoen, Elise Barricelli, Swierbut, and Ally McCarthy. Tressler came in third with a 4-10 high jump.
The boys hosted a meet at Blue & Gold Stadium on April 24. They defeated Immaculate 106-44 and Stratford 131-18 and lost to Pomperaug 79-71.
Newtown’s 4x800 relay team was first in 8:41.1.
Thomas Hartley was second in the 110 hurdles in 16.4 seconds and won the 300 hurdles in 44.1. Toby Ferris (45.3) and Jon Nahmias (46.5) were second and third in the 300 hurdles.
Will Hornby came in third in the 100 with a time of 11.3. Justin Halmose was third in the 1600 in 4:49.2. Halmose won the 3200 in 10:41. Nick Jacobs was second in the 800 in 2:08.8.
In the pole vault event, Sam Edwards came in second, clearing the bar at 10-6, and Bryce Bisset was third with a 10-foot effort.
Aiden Jasinski was second in the javelin throw with a distance of 109-2, and Sean McKinley was third with a 108-6.
In the discus event, Ben Nowacki was second with a throw of 108-4, and Bob Carroll was third with a 108-2.
In the shot-put throw, Carroll came in second with a distance of 37-7.
Tristan Andrew won the triple jump competition with an effort of 40-11.
Griffin Estes and Jasinski tied for third in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-2.