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Trio Of Track And Field Champs Crowned In State Meet



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A trio of Nighthawk event champions were crowned as Newtown High School’s track and field teams competed in the Class LL state championships at Willow Brook Park in New Britain on June 1.

Riley Powers won the 400 meter dash championship in a time of 58.43. Ally McCarthy won the 800 in 2:16.45. The 4x400 relay team of Elise Barricelli, McCarthy, Hannah Snayd, and Powers was first, clocking in with a time of 3:55.70.

The NHS girls placed sixth as a team, with a score of 53.50. Glastonbury was first with a score of 109.50.

“It was an outstanding day for us — highest we’ve ever placed as a team. The effort and consistency the girls put in while also lifting each other up to continue was amazing,” Newtown Coach Becky Bourret said. “I am a super proud coach to have such talented and fun girls to spend all my extra time with.”

Barricelli was third in the 200 in 26.36 and placed ninth in the 100 in 12.25.

Jamie Adams came in fourth in the high jump competition and Kayleigh Troy was fifth, each clearing the bar at 4-foot-10.

Sarah Nowacki placed fourth in the shot-put event with a throw of 34-03.75, was fifth in the javelin throw with a 100-11, and was tenth in the discus event with an 84-05.

Each of these Nighthawks moves on to the June 9 State Open competition.

Emily Tressler was the team’s lone senior to qualify for states; her last race was the 3200, where she placed 23rd in 12:35.

“She’s competed every season since freshman year. Her leadership and love for distance will be missed,” Bourret said.

On the boys’ side, NHS was 15th with 17.50 points. Hall won the competition with 86. Coach Becky Osborne’s squad had some stellar performances.

Drew Poseno was tenth in the 400 in a time of 52.93.

The 4x800 relay team of Aidan Budge, Cameron Whorf, Matt Sortino, and Poseno placed sixth in 8:23.85.

In the pole vault competition, Sam Edwards was third with an effort of 12 feet.

Hampton Cobb came in fifth in the long jump event with a leap of 20-05.50.

Grant Baker was sixth in the shot-put with a 43-05.75 and seventh in the discus throw with a 113-09.

Sports Editor Andy Hutchison can be reached at andyh@thebee.com.

Newtown’s 4x400 relay team won first place in the Class LL championships. Pictured are, from left: Riley Powers, Hannah Snayd, Ally McCarthy, and Elise Barricelli.—Becky Bourret photo
Hampton Cobb competes this spring. Cobb was fifth in the state long jump competition. —Mandi Poseno photos
Aidan Budge (middle) races in the conference meet. Budge was part of Newtown’s sixth place 4x800 relay in the state meet.
Kaleb Smith, far left, and Andrew Swierbut, second from left, race during the postseason.
Jamie Adams and Kayleigh Troy advanced to the State Open with their high jump performances at the Class LL meet. —Becky Bourret photo
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