A half point.

A matter of inches in some events, tenths of a second in others... that was the margin by which the New Milford High School girls' track team fell shy of a South-West Conference championship.

The Green Wave had accumulated an impressive 102 points as dusk settled into darkness May 20 following a rain-plagued, five-hour meet at Bethel High School.

Still, chief rival Weston was piling up points in the final event, the pole vault, and no one seemed sure just how the Trojans matched up overall to the NMHS girls.

Finally, as both teams seemed to be holding their collective breath, the announcement came -- Weston had emerged as champ with 102½ points.

Coach Joe Tarantello's Green Wave thus had to settle for the silver runner-up plaque and the knowledge they'd left it all on the field that day.

Along the way, the NMHS girls shattered two SWC records and seemed to be in the mix pretty much all over the Bethel High track and field complex.

The quicksilver Alyssa Gonzalez was the top individual athlete for NMHS with her win in the 100 meters and thirds in the 200 and 100-meter hurdles.

The versatile Ally LaPorte was also a standout individual performer with her win in the javelin, firing a distance of 124-feet, 9 inches to set a Bethel facility standard, and adding fifth in the shot put and sixth in the triple jump.

Easily leaving their rivals in their wake were the record-setting 4x400- and 4 800-meter relay quartets.

Meghan Dietter, Helen Bayers, Sierra Grazia and Lindsay Guptill climaxed the Green Wave's day with a 4:04.05 performance in the 4x400.

Jess Noteware, Sierra Grazia, Saige Grazia and Gabby Passarelli had earlier scorched their 4x800 counterparts with a 9:40.27 clocking.

The Green Wave's SWC scoring:

100-meter dash -- 1) Alyssa Gonzalez (13.13).

200-meter run -- 3) Alyssa Gonzalez (26.94).

400-meter run -- 2) Meghan Dietter (59.71); 4) Lindsay Guptill (1:00.54); 6) Helen Bayers (1:00.92).

800-meter run -- 3) Sierra Grazia (2:21.93).

1,600-meter run -- 4) Gabby Passarelli (5:29.35).

3,200-meter run -- 4) Jess Noteware (11:54.35).

100-meter hurdles -- 3) Alyssa Gonzalez (16.61).

4x100-meter relay -- 3) NMHS (50.81).

4x400-meter relay -- 1) NMHS (4:04.05).

4x800-meter relay -- 1) NMHS (9:40.27).

Javelin -- 1) Ally LaPorte (124-9).

Shot put -- 5) Ally LaPorte (30-10).

Triple jump -- 6) Ally LaPorte (30-9).

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The Green Wave boys didn't enjoy as much success as their NMHS distaff schoolmates, managing an eighth-place finish among 13 SWC schools that day at Bethel High.

Coach Ryan Fitzsimmons' track crew delivered a fifth place by Will Ribeiro in the 400 meters and respective 4-5 and 5-6 efforts by John Hansell and Stephen Anderson in the 3,200 meters and Hansel and Ryan Clarke in the 1,600.

The Green Wave built up much of its pool of points with second place in the 4x400 relay, third in the 4x100 and sixth in the 4x800.

The Green Wave's SWC scoring:

400-meter run -- 5) Will Ribeiro (51:58).

1,600-meter run -- 5) John Hansell (4:34.66); 6) Ryan Clarke (4:35.18).

3,200-meter run -- 4) John Hansell (9:53.98); 5) Stephen Anderson (10:00.29).

4x100-meter relay -- 3) NMHS (45.42).

4x400-meter relay -- 2) NMHS (3:33.56).

4x800-meter relay -- 6) NMHS (8:47.17).

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Both Green Wave teams were set this week to venture into state competition.

Coach Tarantello's girls were scheduled to vie Wednesday at Manchester High School in the state Class LL meet.

Coach Fitzsimmons' boys were slated Tuesday to challenge state Class L rivals at Middletown High.