New Milford girls track rounding into from for championship run
The New Milford High School girls track team is having a solid season and rounding into form as the championship portion of the schedule rapidly approaches.
The Green Wave are 8-2 in dual meets so far under first-year head coach Casey Gawlak.
“The season is going really well,” Gawlak said. “Athletes are qualifying for the post-season each meet.”
Among the athletes who will compete in the post-season are Riley Peragine in the 100, 200, and 400 meters, Michaela Ferlow in the high jump, Angela DiMascio in javelin, Brigit Humphries in the 1600 and 800 meters, Sara Grudzwick in the 800, Darcy Cook in hurdles and long jump, Isabel Feliz in triple jump, Whitney Fitzgerald in long jump and 200 meters and Sorangely Presinal in the discus.
UConn-bound senior Mia Nahom is also running well, having placed seventh in the 3000 meters at the prestigious Penn Relays in 9:57, which converts to 10:41 for 3200 meters.
“Mia, Riley, and Brigit will be going to the Loucks games this Saturday, in White Plains, N.Y., and a number of athletes will be participating in the Greater Hartford Invitational this Saturday,” Gawlak said. “Those two meets will be against top competition and good for the girls to see where they stack up.”
New Milford’s only two dual-meet losses are against Newtown and Pomperaug, which edged the Green Wave by three points on Tuesday.
Pomperaug outscored New Milford 76-73 while New Milford scored 140 points to easily outdistance Notre Dame.
Wins for New Milford in the Pomperaug/Notre Dame meet came from Darcy Cook in high hurdles and intermediate hurdles, Riley Peragine in the 100, 200 and 4 X 400 relay, Angela DiMascio in javelin, Isabel Feliz in the triple jump, Brigit Humphries in 800 and 4 X 400 relay, and Katie Grinnell in pole vault. Also, 4 X 400 Relay team of Peragine, Sara Grudzwick, Michaela Ferlow and Brigit Humphries.
New Milford has a meet with New Fairfield, Bethel and Masuk on Tuesday and then prepares to host the Southwest Conference Championship meet on May 22.
“The SWC's should come down to Newtown, Weston, Pomperaug, and us,” Gawlak said.
Gawlak has been involved in track and field since his days as a runner at Stamford High School, where he won the CIAC Class L title in the mile. He went on to run competitively in college at Keene State, where he was an NCAA Division 3 championship qualifier in the 3000 meter Steeplechase.