WATERTOWN - The Watertown High School indoor track and field team didn’t begin it’s season until just aftrer Christmas, but once the season began, the action came at a fast pace, with three meets in six days for coach Brian LaFontaine’s team.
INVITATIONAL - DEC. 27
The Indians received strong performances in a number of events including Jack Gorski and Rafael Dayton in the 55m dash. Gabe Giusto and Ian Judd finished well in the 300 while Ty Phelan led the Indians in the Long Jump.
Senior captain Dan Ottowitz ran a state-qualifying 2:50 in the 1000 and classmate Kyle Grenier also finished well, crossing the line in 2:56.
Senior captain Jordan Arnold also had a great day as he led WHS in both the High Jump (5’ 4”) and 55 hurdles.
The WHS girls also has a good day as they recorded strong performances throughout their lineup.
Senior captains Malina LaCapra and Kaitlynn Thrall finished well in the 300 while Thrall, Maddie Daigneault, Briana Sadiku and Morgan Hodorksi all finished strong in the 500.
“Junior Erin Egan led us in the 55 (8.3) and then qualified for states in the High Jump (5th, 4’ 8”). LaCapra also placed in the top 10 in the High Jump (4’ 6”) while senior Laura Sali recorded a top ten finish in the Pole Vault (6’ 6”),” LaFontaine said.
Senior captain Rebekah Holmes and junior Emma Gallagher ran good times in the 1000 and sophomore Torri DiStefano finished well in the 1600.
Senior Morgan Dodge took top honors in the 55 hurdles, finishing first in 9.45. Polletta also placed 2nd in the Triple Jump (31’ 2”).
INVITATIONAL - DEC. 30
Junior Keith Caouette won the 600 in a state-qualifying and school record time of 1:26 while classmate Gabe Giusto also qualified for states in 1:33.
Freshmen Alex Cole (1:40) and Zach Polletta (1:41) had good days as well. Sprinters Ian Judd (7.2), Rafael Dayton (7.27) and Percy Dozier (7.28) all ran well in the 55.
Dan Ottowitz led the Indians in the 1600 (5:00) while teammates Tim Heroux, Liam Farrell and Colby Hearon all fared well. Jordan Arnold recorded a top ten finish in the 55 hurdles, crossing the line in 9.4. Freshman Ian Metcalfe also finished well in the hurdles. Arnold (7th) and Farrell also were solid the High Jump.
Sophomore Torri DiStefano continued her early season success with a strong top 10 finish in the 1600 (5:57). Rebekah Holmes (6:11) and Emma Gallagher (6:12) finished strong.
Malina LaCapra, Olivia Eshoo and Chelsea Betts all ran good races, while Kaitlynn Thrall placed in the top 10 in the 600 (1:53) and Sara Mustafi led the way in the 55 hurdles.
Erin Egan was the top finisher for the Indians in the 55 as well as the High Jump (6th, 4’ 8”). The Indians also received good performances in the High Jump from both LaCapra and Mustafi.
Sophomore Emma Geise finished 5th in the Pole Vault (6’ 6”) and senior Laura Sali placed 8th.
Invitational - Jan. 2
Freshman Percy Dozier ran a career best 7.17 in the 55 and senior Rafael Dayton (7.23) also finished well. Dan Ottowitz continued his strong senior campaign as he recorded a top 10 finish in the 3000 (10:26).
“Kyle Grenier, Tim Heroux, Alex Cole and Kyle Zaccagnini all followed and ran great in the 3000 as well,” said LaFontaine. Jordan Arnold finished 6th in a season best 9.16 in the 55 hurdles and freshman Alex Mercer also ran well. Junior Nick Daponte (8th) and Caleb Bean (10th) had season bests in the Pole Vault.
The boys Sprint Medl;ey Relay set a new school record as the team of Keith Caouette, Gabe Giusto, Ian Judd and Jack Gorski placed 2nd in a fast 3:47.44.
Senior captain LaCapra had a great day as she qualified for states in the 55 (8.1) and teamed with Erin Egan, Ari Polletta and Kaitlynn Thrall to place 3rd in the SMR (4:53).
Reagan Thompson (55) and Adi Jusufi (55h) also faired well with their strong efforts. Torri DiStefano (12:39), Emma Gallagher (12:50) and Rebekah Holmes (12:58) all ran well in the 3000 and Laura Sali placed 3rd in the pole vault (6’ 6”).