Wolfpack Athletes Cap Track Season with Strong Finish

Hyde track and field travelled to Bath, Maine this past weekend to conclude their season at the New England Preparatory School Track Association Division III Championships. With a smaller squad, the Wolfpack hoped to maximize points in a few events in a deeper, more competitive field than the last few years. The boys team finished sixth and girls tenth out of a respectable field of twenty teams. Roxbury Latin dominated the boys field for their fourth straight championship and Canterbury School was met with little resistance in the girls competition.

Post-graduate Jay Watkins ’13 had more competition than usual in his respective field events, but rose to the occasion and finished second in the triple jump. The boys 4×100 bettered their projected finish to place fourth overall and Kenneth Grant ’14 stole a sixth place finish in the shot put. The highlight performance of the meet went to senior standout Brian O’Dea ’13. O’Dea won the pole vault easily, breaking his own New England record, setting the bar at 14’0. He also would go on to place fourth in both hurdle events and anchored the 1600M relay to their best finish of the year. Other highlight performances came from Kenny Zhang ’14 andTyquan Ekejiuba ’13, pivotal members of both Hyde’s relays.

Despite lacking the firepower of most girls teams present at the meet, the Lady Wolfpack maximized the efforts of their three competitors. Amelia Lyle ’14 won the pole vault and Janicha Diaz ’14 placed third in the 300H. With sixteen points on the day, Hyde girls finished tenth overall. Grace Briggs ’14 provided steady support and another great individual performance in the 200M.