NEW BRITAIN - The Watertown Higfh School boys and girls track and field team traveled to New Britain’s Willow Brook Park on June 2 to compete in the CIAC Class championship meets, with both teams turning in some notable performances.
For the WHS boys, who competed in Class ‘MM,’ leading the way was senior Keith Caouette who bested the field to win the 400 in a personal best 50.27 seconds. Caouette didn’t stop there; he also added a big leap in the triple jump to place second and then teamed with Gabe Giusto, Aiden Arline and Ty Phelan to run a season best 3:36 and finish fifth in the 4x400.
Giusto and Percy Dozier ran well and moved up on their seedings in the 200 and Dozier did the same in the 100, while Giusto, Dozier, Arline and Aiden Smith combined to place in the top 10 as well.
Phelan added to the list of good performances as he jumped a season-best in the long to also move up on his seeding.
As a team, the Indians finished 12th in the 27-team field with a total of 22 points; Weston won the team title.
“Anytime you have a state class championship performance, is a good day,” said WHS coach Brian LaFontaine. “But along with Keith, the boys team had a great day as, despite the heat, everyone either set a season best and/or moved up on where they were seeded going into the meet.”
In the State Open, which was held on June 9 at Willowbrook Park, Caouette was entered in the 400 meter sprint as well as the triple jump. The 4x400 relay team of Aiden Arline, Ty Phelan, Gabriel Giusto, Caouette, Alex Cole, Noah Ryan, Aiden Smith and Cristian Welcome was also entered.
BOYS CLASS ‘MM’
100m- 18. Percy Dozier - 11.86; 200m - 18. Gabriel Giusto - 24.36, 19. Percy Dozier - 24.43; 400m - 1. Keith Caouette - 50.27; 4x100 - 9. Aiden Arline, Percy Dozier, Aiden Smith, Gabriel Giusto - 45.99; 4 x 400; 5. Aiden Arline, Ty Phelan, Gabriel Giusto, Keith Caouette - 3:36.68; Long Jump - 11. Ty Phelan - 19’ 6.50;” Triple Jump - 2. Keith Caouette - 42; 0.50.”
The WHS girls followed the boys as they competed in the Class M meet immediately after the MM meet concluded.
Like the boys the girls team saw a number of notable performances and they came away with some great results in the process, finishing 13th in the 25-team field, which saw Weston High School complete a sweep with a one-point margin over Sheehan in the team standings.
Watertown was led by a pair of standout efforts from senior Arianna Polletta, who qualified for the state open in both the long and triple jumps.
Polletta started the meet with a 5th place leap in the long jump and closed out the competition with a career best jump on her last attempt in the triple jump.
“That leap was good for third place and was less than one inch off our school record,” said LaFontaine of Polletta’s 34’ 10.25” leap.
Junior Morgan Hodorski continued her stellar season as she medaled with a third place effort in the javelin and added a high finish in the shot put.
Freshman Autumn Bacik also continued her outstanding run in the pole vault as she matched her personal best to effort and senior Allie Mazzarella turned in a great effort and scored in the javelin as well.
The 4x800 team of Torri DiStefano, Lana Kolpa, Olivia Eshoo and Emma Gallagher ran great as they moved up on their seeding, crossing the line in a near-season best time.
Gallagher and DiStefano then came back to run well in the 1600 as both moved up on their seedings to finish strong. Freshmen Ella Kijak and Alisa Sadiku had outstanding seasons and the state championship meet saw both fare well.
Sadiku finished strong in the 100 and Kijak ran well in both the 100h and 300h. Erin Egan continued her strong senior campaign as she qualified in all three jumps coming away with a good finish in the high jump.
“At the end of the day, the team had a great day as their were many notable performances and big efforts all day,” said LaFontaine.
In the State Open, which was held on June 9 at Willowbrook Park, Polletta competed in the long and triple jump competitions; Morgan Hodorski qualified in the javelin throw.
GIRLS CLASS ‘M’
100m- 31. Alisa Sadiku - 14.39; 1600m - 12. Emma Gallagher - 5:49.17, 14. Torri DiStefano - 5:50.76; 100h - 19. Ella Kijak - 19.11; 300h - 22. Ella Kijak - 52.56; 4x800 - 14. Lana Kolpa, Olivia Eshoo, Torri DiStefano, Emma Gallagher - 1:50.25; High Jump - 11. Erin Egan - 4’ 6;” Pole Vault - 8. Autumn Bacik - 8’ 6;” Long Jump - 5. Arianna Polletta - 16’ 3;” 24. Erin Egan - 14’ 3.75;” Triple Jump - 3. Arianna Polletta - 34’ 10.25.” 15. Erin Egan - 31’ 2;’ Shot Put - 11. Morgan Hodorski - 27’ 7.25;” Javelin - 3. Morgan Hodorski - 99’ 8,’ 8. Allison Mazzarella - 93’ 7.”