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An injury to teammate Tia Martino somehow proved a fortuitous turn of events this spring for Shepaug Valley High School track & field athlete Samantha Moravsky.

Just a couple of weeks after learning the javelin throw as a fill-in for the reliable Martino, Moravsky surprised everyone May 17 by winning the event at the Berkshire League championship meet.

The Spartan sophomore's 111-foot throw proved the class of the javelin field that day at Litchfield High School and the highlight of the competition for the Region 12 boys' and girls' athletes.

Coach Jon Addorisio's Shepaug girls accumulated 76 1/3 points to claim fifth place among 10 distaff teams.

Strong supporting efforts to Moravsky's unexpected gold were the runnerup in the pole vault by Margot Wilhelm and team success in the relays.

The Spartans' 4 x 400-meter quartet won its race and the 4 x 100-meter crew contributed second place.

Spartan sophomore Quinton Walsh streaked to third place in the 200 to show the way for coach Jim Lowe's Shepaug boys.

Shepaug totaled 38 points to place sixth of 10 teams in the boys' competition.

Top athletes from Shepaug and its fellow state Class S schools are scheduled to compete June 4 for state laurels.