Green Wave girls show their heels to track rivals
A quartet of girls from New Milford High School are creating waves on the indoor track circuit.
The Green Wave's 4 x 400-meter relay squad are scheduled to run for regional honors at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass.
Next on their calendar is March 9's national competition at the New York City Armory.
The NMHS girls qualified for the New Englands and nationals via a sixth-place finish in Feb. 18's state open meet at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.
The Green Wave relay clocked 4:09.5, less than seven seconds behind state open champion Hillhouse.
The time was also five seconds faster than they'd posted a week earlier during a fifth-place performance in Feb. 9's state class `LL' meet in New Haven.
"This is a huge step for the New Milford track team," said Lindsay Guptill, the team's anchor runner.
The NMHS girls are able to compete in Boston and New York City courtesy of sponsorship by New Milford businesses Connecticut Sports Arena and Fat City Screen Printing.
Coach Joe Tarantello's Green Wave girls enjoyed other success at the state open, although the 4 x 400 was the only point producer.
The 4 x 200-meter relay of Vienna Pallisco, Lindsay Guptill, Claire Brofford and Meghan Dietter and the 4 x 800-meter relay of Krista Pullen, Sierra Grazia, Saige Grazia and Gabby Passarelli both offered season-best performances.
The 4 x 200 crew clocked 1:51.5.4, good for 15th place.
The 4 x 800 quartet checked in at 10:06.5 for a 14th-place finish.
Sierra Grazia also competed in the 1,000-meter run, closing 13th in 3:11.4.
The Green Wave girls were one of just 43 teams in the state to score in the state open after placing 17th in state `LL' competition.
Coach Ryan Rebstock's NMHS boys earned 15th place Feb. 13 in the state class `L' meet in New Haven.
Highlighting the event for the Green Wave was a third-place effort by junior John Hansel at 9:59.1 in the 3,200 meters.
Senior teammate Stephen Anderson contributed sixth place in the same race in 10:04.8 and the Green Wave's 4 x 200-meter relay clocked 1:37.8 to grab sixth place.
Logan Ross of neighboring Shepaug Valley High School distinguished himself Feb. 9 in the state `S' meet in New Haven with his third-place time of 4:32.3 in the 1,600.