Hawks burning up the track

BEACON FALLS — The Hawks spent the holiday season making some early statements in the indoor track season.

After putting up top-five finishes at the Old Saybrook Qualifier on Dec. 22, the boys and girls track teams finished among the top teams a week later at the Haddam-Killingworth Invitational.  The girls finished third out of 22 teams, while the boys were fourth out of 26 squads.

“We had a very good day at the Haddam-Killingworth invite,” Woodland girls head coach Jeff Lownds said. “We’ve been putting up some good, consistent positions.”

Tom Smith won the 55 meters and high jump, while Erika Michie also won the 55 meters on the girls side. Woodland won 30 medals overall at the Haddam-Killingworth Invitational, Lownds said.

“We have had many great performances so far this season,” Woodland boys head coach Bill Ferrare said. “We continue to work hard and we are improving each week.”

Records fell for Woodland athletes a week later at the Elm City Relays. Craig Starkey broke the school indoor record jumping 12 feet in the pole vault, while the girls team set a school record in the distance medley relay. Jaden Young, Victoria Gugliotti, Megen Sirowich and Emma Slavin ran it in 14:31.31.

At the Reindeer Relays in Wilton, Jasmine Michie set the school record in the shot put with a 35-foot, 6-inch toss. Overall, most Woodland athletes have qualified in at least one or two events at the state level.

“We have to keep progressing and doing well,” Lownds said.

The Hawks will have multiple opportunities to do so before the NVL championships on Jan. 29.

Woodland will be competing in Glastonbury at a meet for freshmen and sophomores on Jan. 20.  On Jan. 26, Woodland will take part in the Shoreline Coaches’ Invitational.