Wolfpack Track & Field Hangs Tough vs. PCD, MPS

Hyde Track & Field vs. Providence Country Day School and Marianapolis Prep.

Saturday, April 28th at Grant Field, Woodstock, CT


Hyde-Woodstock- 48
PCD- 79
MPS- 41



Hyde-Woodstock- 125
PCD- 37
MPS- 11

A gorgeously sunny day unfolded perfectly during the Hyde-Woodstock Spring Family Weekend this past Saturday. Unfettered after clearing their consciences in the seminars with their parents, the Wolfpack performed admirably against familiar competitors on their home field.

The Wolfpack women built upon prior success and stepped up to the challenge of the field. The 400m relay team of MingXi Shen ’13, Grace Briggs ’13, Gaffney Tucker ’15 and Andrea Crute ’12 opened the day for us with a second place finish behind the PCD team.

Crute fought through her aches to pile up gold in the 100m (13.48), the 100m high hurdles (20.1) and the 300m intermediate hurdles (56.58).  Leana Reagan ’12 got 2nd in the pole vault (6’0) and in the 3000m (15:20.20). These two ladies have carried the women’s team all season with their tenacity and toughness.

Amelia Lyle ’14 pole vaulted to 7’ to accomplish 1st in that event, while Marcy Altobello ’13 ran a hard fought 100m to earn 2nd with a time of 14.53s. Sarah Fan ’15 earned 3rd in the triple jump (24’3) and later in the 200m (33.58). Megan Belka ’14 broke her own personal record in the discus before her proud mother with a throw of 54’9 to place 3rd in that event. Yoomi Ji ’13 ran for 3rd in the 800m with a time of 3:15.01. Katie Mehiel ’14 ran to fourth place finishes in both the 400m (1:23.91) and the 1500m (6:32.6). Goeun Lee ’12 earned 4th in her 800m run with a time of 3:35.76.

The 1600m relay team of Reagan (who had just run the 3000m!), Ji, Shen and Lyle brought home the gold with their spectacular run to earn second place in the entire meet.

We anticipate that the ladies of the ‘Pack will continue to post more points now that they have developed some momentum.

The gentlemen were nigh unstoppable on Saturday, and they swept four events including the shot put, javelin, pole vault and high jump. This depth of ability across the field events has led to success throughout the season, and today was no exception.

To begin the meet the 400m relay team of Jahvaney Beckford ‘13, Kenrick Vincent ‘12, Rob Lewis ‘12, and Dan Weintraub ’12 ran for a time of 47.15s to take first with over a second lead in front of PCD.

The field events were run by the ‘Pack. The shot put posted complete dominance by the Hyde hurlers as Saffi Hasseeb ’12, Greg Munetz ’13, Marcos Mercado ’14, and Sam Debessay ’13 threw 38’8 ½, 36’6, 30’8 ½, and 27’8 ½ respectively. In the discus, Felipe Azevedo ’14 threw for 1st (80’3 ½), Hasseeb for 2nd (76’11), and Munetz for 4th (72’ 7 ½). Tom Rich ’12 (110’5), Mercado (101’3), McCrystal (95’1), and Jake Sweeney ’14 (94’4) dominated with Zeus’ bolt, the Javelin. On the pole vault, Brian O’Dea ’13 sprung to a height of 11’6 to tie the school record and take first, while Mercado earned 2nd with a vault of 10’.  The long jump competition was contentious, and Apache He ’12 earned 2nd with a jump of 18’7 ¾, and Jack Yan ’13 jumped to 17’5 ½ to earn 4th. Apache He got his revenge by triple jumping to 1st with a jump of 38’4. Steve Wang ’13 jumped to 30’4 in the triple jump for 3rd. The high jump order of place was Beckford (5’10), O’Dea (5’8), Yan (5’2), and Jason Zhao ’15 (5’).

The track events were comparatively competitive and the Wolfpack took gold in only 80% of those events. The 100m showed Lewis at 11.73s and Thomas Nixon ’14 at 12.26s to take 3rd and 4th. The 200m gave us 2nd and 3rd by Van Zhou ’13 (25.7) and Weintraub (26.38). In the 400m, Beckford and Sam Finkensteadt ’13, and Zhou got gold, silver, and 4th with their times (55.84, 59.2 & 1:05.28). The 800m was owned by Nick Dresch ’12 (2:17.93) and Weintraub (2:18.38) for 1st and 2nd. Dresch, Finkenstaedt, and McCrystal earned 1st, 2nd and 4th with times of 4:45.92, 4:51.94, and 5:23.24 respectively in the 1500m. The 3000m showed Azevedo again as the victor with a time of 11:18.46. Teammate Matt Wysocki ’13 was close enough behind to earn 2nd with a time of 11:47.11. The 110m high hurdles gave the ‘Pack 1st and 3rd thanks to O’Dea (18.25) and Nixon (19.77). Nixon also took gold in the 300 intermediate hurdles with a time of 46.85s. The 1600m relay team of Dresch, Beckford, Lewis, and O’Dea ran for 1st with an excellent effort on all legs.

The men plan to assert and maintain their dominance moving on to Wheeler this Wednesday.

May the wind be ever at your back,

Coach Harrington