NEW HAVEN - The Watertown High School boys and girls indoor track and field teams traveled to Southern Connecticut State University to compete in the Wilton Wright Invitational and came away with some great performances to start off the new year. “Helping to lead the way for the girls was Autumn Bacik as she continued her strong sophomore campaign by winning the pole vault by clearing nine feet,” said coach Brian LaFontaine.
Freshmen Besiana Dauti (4th, 7.72) and Mallory Hannon (8.02) both had great days as each posted state qualifying marks in the 55m with Dauti breaking the WHS indoor record in the process.
Dauti and Hannon then teamed with Torri DiStefano and Katie Schweyer to place 4th in the 4x400 as they crossed the tape in 4:41. Schweyer led the WHS effort in the 600 clocking a good time in 1:54 and teammate Jenna Sharoh also finished well.
Lilly Khouri (6:05), Ryann Walsh (6:07) and DiStefano (6:13) all placed well in the 1600 as the trio posted times at or near their season best marks. Senior Sara Mustafi finished strong in the 55h (10.96) and then placed in the top ten in the High Jump as well to cap off a good day.
Other notable performances from the girls team included season bests from Kara Davidson and Julia Caligiuri in the 55m dash as well as Jamie Dodge and Olivia Van Dyke in the 1600.
On the boys side, senior Ty Phelan continued to lead the way as he recorded a new season best in the 55 (7.3) and took home a 5th place in his first attempt at the High Jump this year (5’ 6”).
“Phelan then teamed with Omer Mustafi, Ian Vasquez and Josh Teixeira to finish 8th in the 4x400,” said LaFontaine. Teixeira added a new season-best performance in the 1600 (5:20) while teammates Matt Creter and Michael Allen also ran well.
Vasquez ran a good race in his debut in the 600, finishing in 1:44 as Allen and Creter also finished strong. Marc Joseph had a good day as well as he added a new season best in the 55m.
James Barber Invitational
Watertown headed back to SCSU and continued to add some nice performances to their already-impressive past efforts.
On the girls side, WHS had some top finishers with senior Morgan Hodorski leading the way with her winning effort in the shot put (28’ 8”).
Sophomore Brianna Eshoo added a top ten finish in the shot put. Autumn Bacik placed 2nd in the Pole Vault (8’ 6”) and WHS received a pair of top 7 finishes from Besiana Dauti (55) and Mallory Hannon (300).
Dauti led a strong WHS effort in the 55 that also saw Emma Quadrato, Alisa Sadiku and Sophie Bergeron finish well.
Senior Olivia Eshoo had a great race in the 1000 as she led an effort that saw her Torri DiStefano, Ryann Walsh, Lilly Khouri and Jenna Sharoh all place well while posting excellent times.
Walsh (6:02), Khouri (6:03) and DiStefano (6:08) made it a nice double as all three placed in the top 10 with their great efforts in the 1600. Jamie Dodge and Lana Kolpa added good runs in the 1600 as well. Sara Mustafi had a top 10 in the 55h and then combined with Angela Sali and Julia Caligiuri in recording season bests in the long jump.
The team of Katie Schweyer, Dauti, Hannon and Quadrato then finished off a great meet by placing 3rd in a state-qualifying 1:59 in the 4x200.
In the boys meet junior Alex Cole had a good day as he finished 4th with a great closing kick in the 1000 (2:51). Senior Ty Phelan led the way in the long jump (2nd, 19’ 2”) while Behzad Qurbani and Ian Vasquez added good jumps as well.
“Phelan’s big anchor leg in the 4x200 helped the team of himself, Dylan Giusto, Alex Mercer and Christian Welcome record a season best to place ninth,” LaFontaine said.
Mercer, Vasquez and Giusto all recorded good times in the 300 while Welcome finished in a season best 11.13 in the 55h.
Sam Falotico led the WHS efforts in the shot put and Josh Teixeira, Matt Creter finished with strong last laps to set new season bests in the 1600.
Sebastian Creter (1600), Dan Matozzo (1000) and Omer Mustafi (1000) also added nice runs while Qurbani and Marc Joseph sprinted to good results in the 55m.
“Overall I thought both of our teams had good days;” said LaFontaine, who added, “with so many season-best efforts, that’s the only way you can look at it.”