New Milford indoor track closes successful season
Published 12:00 am, Thursday, March 1, 2018
The New Milford High School boys and girls indoor track teams recently completed successful seasons with some historical accomplishments.
This season, coach Ryan Rebstock coached both the boys and girls teams and both squads had some standout performances.
“I relished the challenge and had helped coach many of the girls in other seasons, so I was happy to take the extra responsibility,” Rebstock said.
On the boys side, after missing out on an SWC Indoor Track title last year by two points and winning the title in outdoor, the Green Wave felt they had a chance to take the indoor title this season. New Milford ran into a tough Weston squad and settled for second, but had some stellar performances at SWC’s.
Zack Matson won the pole vault in thrilling fashion and broke the school record at 12 feet 6 inches.
Charlie Osborne won the 600, breaking the meet record, and also anchored the winning sprint medley relay along with Matt Bouzakis, Andre Vial and Chase Schuster.
Eli Nahom won the 1600.
Runner up efforts were provided by Jacob Meadows in shotput, Nahom in 3200 and the 4x400 relay team of Chase Schuster, Luke Chastain, Mike Tarby and Charlie Osborne.
“Charlie was truly sensational, winning two golds and a silver, and I’ve asked so much of him, but he always delivers,” Rebstock said.
At the Class L championship, the Green Wave earned a second place finish, highest by any boys track team in school history.
“We sat in fifth place before the 4x400 relay, the final event, needing at least 6 points to tie for second, and we were the top seed. I told Chase, Luke, Mike and Charlie that they had a chance to make history for our program with a win,” Rebstock said.
The relay team came through as champions in the relay, earning all state honors and securing second place for New Milford to a strong Hall team.
“When I took over the program, my goal was to take this team to prominence at the state level, and we are moving ever closer to that goal,” Rebstock said.
Osborne was second in the 600 at Class L and anchored the SMR to a runner up finish along with Mike Tarby, Matt Bouzakis and Andre Vial.
At State Opens, Osborne ran a personal best 1:23:98 for the 600 and placed fourth,to qualify for New England’s on Saturday in Boston.
For the girls indoor track team it was a rebuilding year, but it was also very successful.
“The girls worked hard,” coach Rebstock said. “They were a fun group to coach.”
The Green Wave placed fourth and seventh respectively at the SWC and Class L championships.
Darcy Cook broke indoor school records in the long jump and 55 meter hurdles, placing second in SWC’s in the hurdles, third in long jump, and fourth in the 600. At Class L’s she anchored the victorious 4x800 relay, earning all state honors along with Julia Quinn, Brooke Morabito, and Sara Grudzwick.
Cook also placed fourth in hurdles and sixth in long jump.
“Darcy Cook was phenomenal all season competing in so many different events,” Rebstock said.