Volleyball Team Wins, Track Squad Members Shine In States
Note: The top boys' results have been added.
It was a successful first day of June for Newtown High School athletes as the boys’ volleyball team won its Class L State Tournament opener and members of the track and field squad brought home some Class L hardware — and a school record.
The No. 8 Newtown spikers posted a 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-21) over No. 9 Fairfield Ludlowe. With the win, the Nighthawks earn a visit to top seed Darien in the quarterfinals, Friday, June 3, at 6 pm.
Newtown, after winning the first game, seized control of the match in a nail-biting second game that featured nine ties.
Nico Diaz gave NHS a 21-20 lead and Thad Teraszkiewicz followed with a kill for a rare multiple-point edge in this closely-contested one. A long Ludlowe hit pushed Newtown’s lead to 23-20. Teraszkiewicz answered a pair of late-game Ludlowe points with a booming kill and a game-clinching tap over the front row.
In game three, things remained tight but the Nighthawks closed out on a 9-5 run highlighted by several Teraszkiewicz hits.
The track and field championships were held at Willowbrook Park in New Britain and featured some standout performances by the Nighthawks.
Newtown’s 4x100 relay team of Ella Hall, Skyler Howard, Amelia Daly, and Elise Barricelli won the championship with a time of 50.65.
Riley Powers was second in the 1600 with a school record-setting time of 5:02.41.
The 4x400 relay of Powers, Daly, Howard, and Hannah Snayd took second in 4:03.97.
The 4x800 relay of Ally McCarthy, Ryann Heim-Sherwood, Emily Litke, and Snayd placed fourth in 9:52.54.
On the boys' side, Kevin Murray was fifth in the 110 hurdles in a time of 16.57 and sixth in the 300 hurdles in 42.80.
The 4x800 of Soheib Dissa, Connor Dullinger, Cameron Whorf, and Aidan Budge was fifth in 8:15.52.
The 4x400 of Budge, John Moxham, Hayden Bobowick, and Whorf was sixth in 3:32.25.
Budge came in sixth in the 800 in a time of 2:00.08.
Several other Nighthawks, girls and boys, claimed top-ten results. Read more about the meet in the June 10 print edition of The Bee.
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