Stonington’s successive successes at Shoreline Invitational

Pictured above: A gold medal, earned by Joey Hinckley at the Invitational. Hinckley was a member of the school-record-breaking 4x400m relay, along with Shane Smith, Rhys Hammond, and Cam Whalen.

Pictured above: A gold medal, earned by Joey Hinckley at the Invitational. Hinckley was a member of the school-record-breaking 4x400m relay, along with Shane Smith, Rhys Hammond, and Cam Whalen.

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Simply put, Stonington boys and girls dominated at the Shoreline Coaches Invitational on January 20th.

“Across the board there were a lot of individual PRs—personal records. Maybe thirty,” said Ben Bowne, one of Stonington’s head coaches.

He rattled off a few notable performances from the meet: “Meg Detweiler broke the school record, previously held by Sophie Moore. Her older sister Jess would have broken it too, but she was in the same heat as Meg.”

“Rhys [Hammond] broke the 600m school record. Shane Smith, Joey Hinckley, Cam Whalen, and Rhys broke the school record in the 4x400m by 4 seconds.”

Bowne thoughtfully paused and added, with a smile, “Those boys broke the 4x400m record relay that Park [Stonington’s co-head coach] was on from ’98.”

Competing against forty teams from across the CIAC Class S and M Divisions, the boys’ team won the team title, which is determined by total points. The girls’ team, on the other hand, won their respective runner-up title.

With the indoor track ECC Championship just two weeks away, Stonington set a formidable standard at Shoreline.

“It’s a big confidence boost,” admitted Bowne, describing the effect of the numerous successes at this meet. “We have a lot of depth and strength in a lot of areas.”

Varsity sprinter and pole-vaulter Joey Hinckley also felt energized by his team’s outstanding performance just two weeks before ECCs. As a member of the boys’ 4x400m relay, Hinckley helped break not just the Stonington High record, but also the Shoreline Invitational Meet record.

“It was surreal,” he described. “We probably will run the same relay at ECCs and go for the meet record there … ECCs is going to be so much fun.”

“The [boys’] team is so good this year that we are expected to beat everyone else by fifty-plus points, which is ridiculous.”

Another highlight of the day, according to Bowne, did not occur at the Shoreline Invitational: Cam Whalen’s success at the Yale Classic on the same day.

Whalen ran the 55m hurdles, placing third. “It was a meet that we had never gone to before, so it was awesome to go to a really historic meet like that one,” the senior and team captain commented.

He shared a similar enthusiasm with Hinckley regarding the looming ECC Championship, albeit more cautiously. “We are looking to repeat as ECC champions and we are also looking to do well in the state meet … maybe looking to compete with a few other schools for the title,” he said.

Bowne summarized: “It’s been an exciting season. We’re excited to see what happens at the championship meet—which is what matters.”

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