Woodland track teams both finish in top 10 in Class M

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BY KEN MORSE
CITIZEN’S NEWS
The Woodland boys and girls track team landed top 10 finishes in the Class M state track and field championship meet on Thursday at Willow Brook Park in New Britain.
The boys team came in looking to improve on last year’s 10th place finish and moved up a few spots in a battle with Suffield and Bacon Academy for the sixth place spot. The Hawks generated 42 points, led by Eric Meade with a second place in the high jump (6-0) and a third place in the triple jump (41-02¾) and Alex Farr with a third place in the 800 meters (2:01.33).
The girls, who were coming off a championship victory in the NVL, looked to improve or maintain last year’s third place finish in Class M. The Hawks were is a tussle with Lauralton Hall for third place with Woodland scoring a team total of 48 points. Chloe Poulos led the girls with a first place finish in the 1600 (5:03.89) and a third place in the 3200 (11:40.19).
Laci Davis leaped to victory taking first in the triple jump (36-08¼) and Sarah Cooley came in with a second place in the javelin (111-02).
“All in all it was a good day performance wise in less than optimum conditions,” said Woodland head coach Jeff Lownds. “The girls came in third, the same as last year, and the boys moved up a few notches from 10th to sixth this year.
“The weather was brutal. It didn’t seem to faze Chloe Poulos or Laci Davis as they both broke their own record in first place performances and both made All-State.”
It was the javelin where the Woodland girls excelled, scoring 14 team points with Amber Rosato finishing fourth and Faith Herren placing eighth. That was enough to push the Hawks into the top ten.
Other top eight scoring finishes for the boys were Eric Meade (fifth in 110 hurdles), Thomas Meade (sixth in 110 hurdles), Colin Slavin (fifth in 1600 and eighth in 3200), Brian Babo (fifth in discus), and Ervin Owusu (seventh in long jump).
The 4×800 relay squad of Slavin, Sam Ambrocio, Liam Muricchio and Farr took fifth (8:25.74) and the 4×400 team of Luca Cambra, Preston Alessio, Cole Verrelli and Nathan Swercewski finished eighth at 3:38.77, a season best showing the type of competition that challenged the Hawks at the Class M meet.
The other girls scorers were Dani Celotto (sixth in the 1600), Emma Swanson (seventh in the discus), Jamie-Lynn Shaffer (eighth in the 100 hurdles), Cooley (eighth in the shot put), and Davis (eighth in the long jump).
“We are going to have quite a few athletes qualify for the state open,” said Lownds. “I know Eric Meade had a second, third and fifth place and scored 17 points and that qualifies for All-State if you score over 16 points. Any athlete that came in the top five should qualify for the open.
“We have some athletes that could make the New Englands and that would be outstanding since it will be held at Willow Brook.”