Wolfpack Shows Great Effort to Secure a Win for Opening Track Meet

Hyde at Wilbraham & Monson with Kingswood Oxford and Pomfret School

April 8, 2017

Teams Boy’s Score Girl’s Score
Hyde School 71 13
Wilbraham & Monson 65 83
Kingswood Oxford 56 99
Pomfret School 49 38

The Wolfpack Track & Field team took to the road for its opening meet of the year.  Taking the backroads to Wilbraham & Monson Academy, the boys and girls teams had time to review the early season and basic goals of working hard, supporting each other, and not quitting. The team was comprised of some three and four year veterans as well as those completely new to the sport. Having athletes transition from a strong indoor season raised spirits and set excellent goals. Overall the attitude of the team was positive and focused on the opportunity to test their abilities.

Although few in number, the girl’s team was focused and diligent in their efforts. The first time 4×100 team of Autumn Condon ‘17, Lauren Leask ‘18, Dairy Rojas ‘19, and Zakiyah Pulliam-Holmes ‘20 made a great effort and brought home the first points of the meet.  They also completed their first competitive run through without issue. They’ll be working on improving speed and using passing zones fully.  Leask also competed in the 800m for her first time and looks forward to improving her time.  Pulliam-Holmes brought home points for the girls in the 400m, Rojas earned 2 points for the team through her 22’ 6” shot put throw.  Senior Elsa Zhang earned five of the girls’ 13 points through her 3rd place finish in the javelin and 4th place finish in the discus. Lastly, senior Vivian Yu brought in 2 points for her work in the 3000m. Great attitude and effort from the team as a whole.

The boys’ team, with its larger numbers and greater depth of experience, carried the day and won the boys’ meet. The 4×100 team again learned how difficult it is to race consistently, unfortunately earning their first (and hopefully last) DQ (disqualification) of the season.  The field events earned 41 of Hyde’s overall 71 points.  With two 1st places, five 2nd places, and three 3rd places, the Wolfpack throwers and jumpers were a dominating force.  Significant field event points were earned by Noah Lazarus ‘18 in the shot (2nd) and discus (1st).  Victor Wright ‘17 earned three 3rd place finishes in the shot, discus, and high jump for a total of nine points.  He was only outdone by senior Dan Murray who earned 14 points with one 1st place finish (High Jump) and two 2nd place finishes (Long and Triple Jumps).  Also earning points were newcomer Sean Conigliaro ‘17 and Teddy St. Louis ‘19. Tying for 5th place in the long jump was Altug Yilmaz ‘19.

On the track the team earned an additional 30 points against very strong competition.  Knowing every point counts athletes gladly stepped into races and placed.  Long Mai ‘17 earned a point in the 300 IH hurdles as did Roy Pan ‘19 in the 3000m.  Bringing in significant points and helping Hyde win the meet were the first place finishes of Omar Raddoui ‘17 and Andrew West ‘17.  Combined these two boys earned a total of 28 points.  Raddoui earned firsts in both the 100 high hurdles (HH) and 300 Intermediate Hurdles (IH).  West earned firsts in the 1500m and 3000m, and a 2nd place finish in the 300 IH. In addition to these point earners, great effort was seen from Steven Merritt ‘20 (400m) and Carlos Wang ‘17 (200m).

The team will take advantage of the next ten days to hone their skill base and improve endurance.  A strong start to the season and the team looks forward to traveling to Wheeler School on the 19th.