Boys Take Gold and Girls Take Silver at ECC Track Meet

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Maia Smith

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June 1, 2017
Halle Anderson in the 4x180 relay

Halle Anderson in the 4x180 relay

photo by Maia Smith

photo by Maia Smith

Halle Anderson in the 4x180 relay

The Stonington High Track Team participated in the Class S ECC Championship at the Coast Guard Academy.

For the first time in history, the boys team took first place, with a two-point lead over Windham after the 4×360 relay.

When the boys finished the relay, it was heartwarming to see members of the team run to each other, tearing up and hugging, knowing that all their hard work had paid off. As the winners were announced, the boys huddled together in a circle, arms around each other’s shoulders, cheering when their name was announced.

Head Coach Ben Bowne started one of the Stonington cheers, “Don’t poke the bear,” and both the boys’ and girls’ teams chanted together.

“When we required excellence, we provided it,” stated Blake Edwards, a junior, who was part of the winning 4 x 720m relay as well as other scoring events. 

With a final score of 117, the Bears’ team proved victories in many events. Cameron Whalen took the gold in three events, including the 55-meter hurdles, the 55-m dash, and the 300m.

Cameron Whalen during the 55m prelims.

Dmitri Van Duine finished second in shot put and  also finished second in the sprint medley relay. The sprint medley team came back strong after a fall during one of the 200m hand-offs.

Other athletes–including Edwards in the 1000m, Rhys Hammond in the 600m, and Greyson DelGrosso in shot put– contributed third-place finishes.

The pole vault was close. Joey Hinckley, Shane Smith and a Windham athlete competed for the top three spots, and all of them reached 11’0, but could not reach 11’6”. Based on the number of attempts for the previous heights, the Windham athlete finished first, Smith second, and Hinckley third.

The girls’ team finished second behind Griswold, but their hard work and victories cannot be forgotten.

Emma Brown, a senior, finished first in pole vault for the second consecutive year.

“I mean we always hope for a PR but that’s not likely, especially in pole vault,” Brown laughed before the meet began. “As long as I perform how I’ve been doing, I’ll be happy.”

Much to her surprise, she finished with a PR for the season of 9’0”, and dominated the competition from each of the competing schools.

Keegan Donohue, a sophomore, finished a few spots behind her in third place.

Brown predicted that the relay teams were going to have a good day as well, as they had been practicing hand-offs a lot the past few weeks and have been working to continue the success the Bears’ relay teams have had in the past.

The girl’s 4×360 took second and the 4×180, 4×720, and sprint medley took third, scoring points for the girls’ team as part of their second-place victory.

Lindsay Orr, a sophomore, was second in the 1600m and third in the 3200m. Liz Gray, a junior, took 3rd in the 1000m, fourth in the 3200m, and ran the 800m leg of the sprint medley. Upcoming freshmen Lily Anderson was fourth in the 1600m and fifth in the 3200.

In field events, Marissa Yambao, a senior, took sixth in shot put. Grace Narducci finished fourth in long jump. Lexi Woviotis was third in high jump and fifth in the 55m hurdles. Halle Anderson also placed in the hurdles, finishing third.


The track team, both girls and boys, have some of the strongest athletes, many who choose track to stay in shape between seasons but have fallen in love with the sport and learn they have skills in events they had never tried before.

Jeffrey Parkinson and Benjamin Bowne are the two head coaches for the team. With over a hundred athletes when the season begins and only a few other coaches to help them, it is impressive how they continue to develop a strong team.

“We have a lot of really hard-working kids,” Bowne said after the meet. “ They are physically and mentally tough… they are not afraid to hurt to win.”
On Monday, February 13th, the qualifying athletes go to the Class M state meet at Hill House in New Haven.

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