Wolfpack Track & Field Takes on Phoenix in Season Opener

Hyde Woodstock vs. Hyde Bath

April 6, 2011

Woodstock hosted the Bath track and field team this Wednesday for both teams’ season opener. With many athletes new to the sport, the Wolfpack and the Phoenix needed to get the cobwebs out and were greeted by a relatively warm day with a steady breeze.  The Woodstock men’s team showed promise in a number of events.  Strong performances came from from Mac McGuire ’11 in the 400 m and Dan Weintraub ’12 in the 200, 400, 800, and relay.  Earning firsts in both the shot put and discus, and a second in the 100 m, Justen Wilson (PG), will be a strong contributor.  Justen brought down a long standing shot put record with his 45’ 10.5” toss.  Other standouts include Thomas Nixon ’13 (100, 200), Brian O’Dea (HJ), Greg Munetz (Shot), Nick Dresch (1500m).

The Wolfpack women supported the men’s effort through individual and team commitment.  Building off last year’s success, senior Mari Barnett hit the 100 high hurdles with composure and strength, setting a new school record of 18.34 seconds.  Barnett also won the intermediate hurdles and helped the team run a strong 4 x 100 relay.  Lori Allen ’11 earned 1st in 100 m and the 800 m, while Andrea Crute ’12 won 1st in the 200 m.  Great effort was also seen by new comer Stephanie Sarotkin ‘13 in the hurdles, 800 m, and 4 x 400 relay.  Other contributors included Gabby Bergeron (800, 1500) and Gillian Weintraub (3000), and Katie Mehiel (400, TJ).

The most significant quality of this year’s team however is the positive attitudes.  Despite almost three weeks of blustery weather including snow, sleet, cold rain, and a constant 15-25 mph wind, the athletes all kept their heads up and pushed on through workouts and exercises.  The coaches look forward to a strong season ahead.