Wolfpack Track Takes on Hopkins & Kingswood Oxford

Wolfpack Track v. Hopkins v. Kingswood Oxford @ Conard School, West Hartford, CT
Saturday, April 14th 2012

Women’s Track
Hyde-Woodstock- 11
Kingswood Oxford- 69
Hopkins-93

Men’s Track
Hyde-Woodstock-64
Kingswood Oxford- 42
Hopkins-64

‘Sunny and blustery’ seems to be the standing order for meets this early part of the season, and this meet was no exception. The Wolfpack sent their track team an hour west to the Conard School, the home location for the Kingswood Oxford track team in West Hartford this past Saturday to face the home team and the Hopkins School.

The first points for the ladies came from a third place finish in the 400m relay thanks the team of Mingxi Shen ’13, Grace Briggs ’13, Gaffney Tucker ’15, and Andrea Crute ’12 with a time of 1:01.4.

Andrea Crute ’12 brought another gold home in the 100 high hurdles (19.9) and earned silver in the 100m (14.1), improving both of those times significantly. She capped the day with a bronze in the 300 intermediate hurdles (1:01.1) to bring her points earned total to 10. The Kingswood Oxford and Hopkins ladies dominated the remaining events until the 3000m came around. Leana Reagan ’12 dug deep to earn third in the event with a time of 15:30.0, and brought the team total up one last point. Alex Smart ’12 reached new PRs (personal records) in the discus, which is the hope for each athlete to compete successfully against themselves.

The 1600m relay team of N. Zhang ’13, Yoomi Ji ’13, Jessie Shwartz ’14, and Amelia Lyle ’14 got third for a time of 5:46.6, but third place did not contribute to the team total.

Overall, the girls got another call to step up their game in practice and are challenged to put forth a stronger collective effort to represent their spirit and competitive drive more accurately. We look forward to more of the Lady Wolfpack achieving PRs in the future.

In the male events, the 400m relay team of Jahvaney Beckford ’13, Kenrick Vincent ’12, Rob Lewis ’12, and Thomas Nixon ’14 scored silver just 0.3 seconds behind the Hopkins team with a time of 46.6 to jump off the meet.

In individual events, Beckford got second place in the high jump (5’4) and won the 400m (55.7) to add 8 to the collective winnings. Brian O’Dea ’13 ran for third in the 110 high hurdles (19.3) and leapt to 1st in the high jump (5’8) to rake in 7 for the team. Nixon stole the gold in the 300m hurdles (48.1), fourth in the 110 high hurdles (20.7) and fourth in the triple jump (33’7) to gather 7 for the ‘Pack. Track veteran Greg Munetz ’13 PRed thrice in the shot put for the gold (37’11), and got third in the discus toss (85’2), finally putting up 7 points for the team. Apache He ’12 achieved 2nd in the triple jump (37’½), 3rd in the long jump (16’9), and 4th in the 100m (18.1) adding 6 for the team. Rob Lewis ’12 got gold in the 100m (11.6) in a spectacular sprint for a total contribution of 5. Marcos Mercado ’14 scored fourth in the shot put (30’½) and fourth in the 300m hurdles (time unlisted, 50.4+), and 3rd in the javelin (107’5) for 4 total team points and a stellar day in some new events. Nick Dresch ’12 earned third in the 1500m (4:31.3) and fourth in the 800m (2:20.0) for a combined 3 points after shaving significant time off of both races. Saffi Hasseeb ’12 brought home silver for his excellent shot put (35’1) to up our tally by another 3. Jack Yan ’13 scored fourth for both his 15’2½ long jump and third in the high jump of 4’8 for a total of 3 also. Brendan Murray ’14 ran the longest event for third in the 3000m (10:43.0) and Steve Wang ’13 got third in the triple jump (33’11) for 2 each. Van Zhou ’13 also brought home 2 points for fourth place in both the 200m (25.5) and the high jump (4’6). Single point earner Tom Rich ’12 earned 4th in the javelin with a distance of 106’ to cap us off, and without whose best effort we would have lost the competition.

The relay team of Dresch, Beckford, O’Dea, and Lewis worked hard over the week prior to master handoffs and it paid off with a first in the 1600m. While the other runners were pretty evenly matched, O’Dea kicked it into high gear during the race and gave his anchor, Lewis, a comfortable lead to clinch the victory.

The Men’s Wolfpack has taken the season very seriously and brings their ample energy and focus to each practice and meet. We plan to continue to build upon our strengths and sure up our deficiencies through continued discipline.

The ‘Pack has just a few days of preparation to get set for our first five-team home meet this Wednesday against Wheeler, Moses Brown, St. George’s, and Providence Country Day.

I hope to see you there,

Coach Harrington