UPDATE: Double Your Track Championship Pleasure: Two Titles, Two Beckys, Two Birthdays
What a showing by Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ track and field teams in the South-West Conference Championships, at Bunnell High in Stratford, on May 22. Both teams won championships behind fast sprints, solid distance runs, great jumps, and long throws. Both teams won convincingly.
The girls scored 128 points and runner-up Bethel had 116.5; the boys logged 177.5 and Bethel took home another second-place finish with 116.5.
Not only was it a double Newtown win, but also a Becky times two triumph. The girls are led by Head Coach Becky Bourret and the boys by Head Coach Becky Osborne, who noted that this was the Newtown boys’ program’s first conference championship since the old WCC days, back in the 1990s.
“It’s very exciting. This is a big deal,” Osborne said of both programs taking home the trophy.
Osborne said the coaching staff worked throughout the season to put individual athletes in the right events to succeed and that they did the rest.
“We set them up and the boys just knocked it out of the park,” she said. “This is huge. I’m so proud of the boys. They really did this as a team.”
For Bourret, it was a nice way to spend any day, but an even better way to celebrate her birthday. And in keeping with the excitement happening in twos, it was standout runner Aashini Shetty’s birthday as well
“Super proud. We always have a chance and it’s always if we can hit right on the right day, and we did,” she said. “Everybody did what they were supposed to do.”
Especially Shetty who earned two first-place finishes in jumping events and a pair of runner-up spots in hurdling competitions. Shetty won the long jump with a leap of 16-4.5 and took first in the triple jump with a 34-9.25. Shetty was second in the 100 meter hurdles in a time of 16.11 and second in the 300 hurdles in 47.93.
The 4x800 relay of Keira Budge, Clara D’Amico, Ryann Heim-Sherwood, and Hannah Snayd was first in 9:54.39.
Soheib Dissa scored key points for the boys winning the 800 in a time of 1:57.46 and the 1600 in 4:15.39. Dissa was second in the 3200 in 4:15.39.
Kevin Murray won the 110 hurdles, clocking in at 15.33.
The 4x100 relay of Aydyn Gonzalez, Caleb Smith, Brock Dukate, and Dylan Magazu was first in 43.84.
Smith won the high jump competition, clearing the bar at 6 feet, and Oliver Guzy took first in the long jump with a 21 foot effort. NHS placed one, two, three in the long jump with Elias Brady logging 20-10.75 and Gabriel Appiah recording a 20-6.
Skyler Howard placed sixth in the 100 in 13.20 and tenth in the 200 in 27.43. Grace Lyons was fifth in the 200 with a time of 26.54 and second in the 400 in 59.83. The girls had three among the top ten in the 800 as Budge (2:26.14), Leah Morris (2:26.49), and Snayd (2:26.94) claimed the fourth, fifth, and sixth spots. D’Amico finished eighth in the 3200 in 12:17.93. Kayleigh Troy was sixth in the 100 hurdles in 17.27 and sixth in the 300 hurdles in 50.10; Liz Anesi took seventh in the 300 hurdles in 50.48.
The 4x100 relay of Ella Hall, Howard, Lyons, and Amanda Reyes came in second in 50.79. The 4x400 of Howard, Lyons, Snayd, and Morris was third in 4:11.70.
In the shot-put competition, Kaelin Rising was fourth with a throw of 29-8.5. Amanda Reyes took seventh in the discus throw with a 74-10; Rising was tenth with a toss of 56-4. Troy came in third in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-2; Anesi was seventh with a 4-8 jump. In the pole vault, Lola Kessler came in fourth, clearing the bar at 9 feet; Ashley Cote came in eighth with an 8 foot effort. Hall placed seventh in the long jump with a leap of 15-2; Hannah Stowe was ninth with a 14-11. In the triple jump, Troy was fourth with a 32-10 and Hall fifth with a 32-8.25.
On the boys’ side, Gonzalez took sixth in the 100 in 11.48. Hayden Bobowick was fourth in the 200 in 23.21; Dukate earned seventh in 23.36. Bobowick was fourth in the 400 in a time of 52.33; Elias Brady came in ninth in 53.77. In the 3200 Noah Massotta took 11th in 10:14.08. In the 110 hurdles, Jayden Taylor earned third in 16.17. In the 300 hurdles, Guzy was second in 41.52, Murray third in 42.14, and Taylor seventh in 43.95.
The 4x400 relay comprising Brady, Taylor, Bobowick, and Guzy was fourth in 3:31.91. In the 4x800, NHS took eighth as Henry Prout, Mitchell Greenshaw, Tanner Smith, and Curtis Shaw clocked in at 9:18.81.
NHS had three top scorers in the shot-put with Murray placing second with a throw of 44-6, Dukate third with a 44-2, and Magazu ninth with a 37-5. In the discus competition, Smith was third with a 137-8, and Dukate seventh with a 121. In the javelin event, Smith was runner-up with a 155-4 and Murray fourth with a 151. Dominic Simpri was fourth in the high jump with a jump of 5-8; Appiah was eighth with a 5-6. In the long jump, in addition to Newtown’s top-three performance, Gonzalez earned seventh with a leap of 19-4. In the triple jump, Tyler Weiss was fourth with a 38-2, Gonzalez fifth with a 37-5.25, and Justyn Gonzalez seventh with a 36-10.