The Shepaug Valley High School girls' track team rode a balanced effort by its jumpers, throwers and runners to earn third place in May 22's Berkshire League track & field meet.

Coach Mike Croft's Spartans scored 67 points to edge Thomaston by a single point for third in a 10-school field at Litchfield High School.

Multi-times defending champion Nonnewaug eased to the girls' title with its dominant, 199.5-point performance, easily outlegging Northwestern's runnerup 121 points.

In the better-balanced boys' competition, coach Tom Scarola's fifth-place Spartans accumulated 87.33 points to trail Nonnewaug (165.33), Thomaston (126), Northwestern (99) and Lewis Mills (88).

Among the day's highlights for the Region 12 distaff athletes were second-place efforts by Amanda Walsh with a leap of 16'8" in the long jump; Ali Moravsky with a height of `86" in the pole vault; and Lindsey Isaac with a clocking of 2:19.53 in the 800-meter run.

Kara Linder also led teammates to respective 3-7-8 and 5-7-8 finishes in the discus and shot put while the Spartans' relays claimed sixth, third and fourth-place points in the 4 x 100, 4 x 400 and 4 x 800 races.

Relay strength was pivotal for coach Scarola's squad as its 4 x 100, 4 x 400 and 4 x 800-meter units checked in fourth, fifth and second, respectively.

Junior Andy Pullaro romped to victory in the 3,200 meters for Shepaug's only individual win of the day, easing to a 9:54.5 time to lead teammates Evan Garrity and Logan Ross to a 1-3-4 finish.

Mike Josephson possibly established a school record with an 12'0" effort for second place in the pole vault.

Pat O'Brien contributed second place in the shot put and shadowed teammate Jesse Steinmetz' third in the discus with a fourth place of his own. Kevin Wolfe finished seventh and eighth in those events.

Ed Anderson displayed his versatility and endurance by claiming fifth and eighth-place points in the 110 and 300-meter hurdles and adding eight place in the high jump.

Both Spartan teams were slated this week to compete in state class `S' competition in hopes of qualifying for next week's climactic state open meet.