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Track And Field Teams Have Standouts, Including Class LL Record Performance, In State Championships

Published: May 31, 2018

Newtown High School’s track and field teams had standout performances at the Class LL state championships, at Willow Brook Park in New Britain, on May 30. The NHS girls placed ninth as a team with 40 points and the boys were seventh, also with 40 points. Danbury won both competitions with the girls scoring 94 points and the boys logging 83.50.

Carly Swierbut won the 400 meter dash in a time of 55.42 seconds, and placed second in the 200 in 25.20. Swierbut set a Class LL meet record in the 400, finishing just ahead of the 56 seconds flat result turned in by Hamden’s Aisha Gay a year ago.

The Nighthawks had two more first-place finishes as Brett Deri won the 110 and 300 hurdles with times of 15.39 and 40.56, and Ryan Williams was first in the discus throw with a toss of 142-04.

In the girls’ 400 dash, Jackie O’Leary was eighth in 1:01.91 and Grace Pettinelli placed ninth in 1:02.04.

Emily Tressler placed eighth in the 3200, finishing in 11:59.06.

Newtown’s 4×100 relay team of Swierbut, Brianna Lovely, Pettinelli, and Emma Curtis placed third in 50.03.

Sarah Tressler came in 11th in the high jump, clearing the bar at 4-08.

Sarah Dowling was ninth in the long jump with a leap of 15-08.25. Marley Marston came in fifth in the shot-put competition with a throw of 35-06, and Erin Burns was seventh with a throw of 32-06.50.

Burns also had a strong effort in the discus throw by placing fourth with a toss of 98-09. Sarah Nowacki placed seventh with a 92 foot throw, and Alea Willis came in 11th with a throw of 85-07.

In the javelin throw, Nowacki and Burns gave Newtown an eight-nine finish with throws of 102-10 and 97-06.

Christian Lestik was 11th in the boys’ 800, coming across the finish line in 2:03.26.

Ryan Escoda placed tenth in the 1600 in a time of 4:47.11.

The 4×100 relay contingent of Todd Perrin, Connor Marlin, Grant Moxham, and Tom Shkreli placed 11th in 44.19.

Newtown’s 4×400 relay, comprising Deri, James Barden, Perrin, and Moxham, placed ninth in 3:30.45.

Zach Crebbin was third in the high jump with a leap of 6-02.

Aiden Jasinski came in eighth in the pole vault by clearing the bar at 12-06.

Williams was sixth in the javelin throw with a toss of 153-08.

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