Wolfpack Hangs Tough in NEPSTA Div III Meet

May 21, 2011
At Hyde School (CT)
New England Division 3 Track and Field Championship

On a warm, sunny spring afternoon, the Hyde School hosted the New England Division Three Track and Field Championship.  With 20 teams competing on the girls’ side and 18 on the boys’, the day was filled with inspiring grit and athleticism from all participants.

Boys Track and Field

1) Roxbury Latin School – 105

2) Cheshire Academy – 98

3) St. George’s – 85

4) Kingswood-Oxford School – 44

5) Moses Brown – 32

6) Hyde School at Bath – 30

7) Middlesex School – 29

8) Bancroft School – 24

9) Groton School – 17

10) Hyde School at Woodstock – 14

11) Wilbraham and Monson – 13

12) Canterbury School – 11

13) Vermont Academy – 8

14) Wheeler School – 6

15) Portsmouth Abbey – 4

15) Concord Academy – 4

17) Hebron Academy – 2

18) Providence Country Day – 1

Plagued by seventh place finishes, the Hyde School Boys Track and Field Team fell short in points but put on a fantastic show for coaches and spectators.  Earning the most points for the WolfPack was Brian O’Dea ‘13, who took second place in the pole vault with a personal best 11’ clear.  With consistent effort all season, O’Dea’s leadership on the scoreboard honored his commitment to the team.  Justen Wilson PG completed his outstanding season in the shot put with a third place finish and six more points for the WolfPack.  Wilson also took ninth in the discus throw, beating his personal record by nearly a foot.  Jalen Hill PG fell to injury in the 100 meter dash after a great start and superb first 40 meters of the race.  Rallying to complete his shot put, Hill took eighth place with a person best shot.  Ming Xiao ’11 had his best hurdling of the season with a personal record in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles, as well as a personal best time in the 110 meter high hurdles, with one of the many seventh place finishes for the WolfPack in the latter event.  In his first season of competitive racing, Nick Dresch ’12 capped off his improvement with a phenomenal race in the 1500 meters.  Though he missed the scoreboard by 0.12 seconds, Dresch placed seventh out of seventeen runners, setting a new school record.  Dan Weintraub ’12 slashed his own personal record in the 800 meter run by more than five seconds, also earning seventh place.  After a phenomenal season of heart and leadership, Mac McGuire ’11 missed the scoreboard by a mere 0.08 seconds in the 400 meters, setting a new personal best time with his seventh place finish.  The final performance also saw a seventh place finish, coming from O’Dea, Dresch, Weintraub, and McGuire with a fantastic 4×400 meter relay.  Beating several teams with a higher seed, the relay team brought down their best time by more than two seconds for an inspiring finish to the meet and the season.  Though low on scoring, it was a proud day for the WolfPack coaches and fans.

Girls Track and Field

1) St. George’s – 141

2) Kingswood-Oxford School – 91

3) Middlesex School – 62

4) Bancroft School – 57

5) Canterbury School – 28

6) Portsmouth Abbey – 27

7) Concord Academy – 18

7) Moses Brown – 18

9) Hyde School at Woodstock – 14

9) Pingree School – 14

11) Lawrence Academy – 10

11) Cheshire Academy – 10

13) Vermont Academy – 8

13) Providence Country Day – 8

15) Wilbraham and Monson – 7

16) Rivers School – 6

17) Hyde School at Bath – 3

18) Wheeler School – 2

18) Groton School – 2

20) Hebron Academy – 1

With hardships felt all season with a short roster, the Hyde School Girls Track and Field Team made an inspiring run in the New England Championship.  With only six participants for the team, each athlete put forth an incredible effort to place in the top half for the meet.  Lori Allen ’11 finished her high school sprinting career with a personal best time in the 100 meter dash.  Andrea Crute ’12 also ran her personal best in the 100, earning a spot in the finals and an eighth place finish.  Though not the typical four, the 4×400 meter relay of Allen, Stephanie Sirotkin ’13, Amelia Lyle ’14, and Mari Barnett ’11 took eighth place with the best time of the season by an impressive thirteen seconds. Lyle added a solid performance in the pole vault, earning fifth place and the team’s first points for the meet.  After an impressive hurdling career of setting and breaking her own school records, Mari Barnett finished on a wonderful note in the New England Championship.  After earning fourth place in the 100 meter high hurdles, Barnett set another school record with a second place finish in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles, seeing her incredible work ethic and commitment to the team yield an impressive outcome.  Team leaders Allen and Barnett modeled the work ethic necessary to improve throughout the season, leading to one of the team’s best showcases at just the right time and leaving a legacy for the WolfPack underclassmen to carry on in the seasons to come.