Big num­bers lead to New­town’s 8-0 start

The News-Times - - SPORTS - By Dan Nowak

The New­town girls team typ­i­cally gets off to strong starts, but depth and tal­ent have com­bined for an ex­cep­tional 8-0 be­gin­ning this sea­son.

“We had 30 fresh­men come out for the team this year and they have been a true as­set to the team,” New­town first-year coach Becky Knapp said. “The en­thu­si­asm and ea­ger­ness to learn has helped shape the sea­son this year. With the com­bi­na­tion of their new tal­ent and the ex­pe­ri­ence of the older girls, the team has de­vel­oped depth. Sarah Tressler (captain), Amy Sapen­ter, and Juli­ette Cry­der are high jumpers con­sis­tently jump­ing 4-8 or

4-10. Katie Ryan has con­sis­tently been a leader at the pole vault and taken on many new ath­letes to teach and sup­port that event.

“Au­drey Ben­son has been an in­spi­ra­tion and a point win­ner for us at the hur­dles. Sarah Nowacki has thrown con­sis­tently at meets, but had an amaz­ing

107-foot javelin throw at our sec­ond meet. With more com­pe­ti­tion in the throw­ing events within the SWC (South-West Con­fer­ence), she is even more driven to work hard and win us points. (Captain) Carly Swier­but has won each event we have put her in

(100, 200, 400).” Sweir­but re­cently started do­ing the long jump. In her sec­ond meet with the event she jumped 16-2.

Among the top new­com­ers is fresh­man Ally McCarthy. She has con­trib­uted points in dis­tance events, in­clud­ing the 800,

1,600 and 3,200. Fresh­man sprinter Elise Bar­ri­celli has been plac­ing sec­ond to Sweir­but in the 100, 200 and

400 and also com­petes in the high jump.

“Go­ing for­ward, we are look­ing to add more qual­i­fiers for both the SWC tour­na­ment and state tour­na­ment (CIAC Class LL),” Knapp said. “I am hop­ing that the suc­cess and fun of the team in­spires my fresh­men to con­tinue in the sport, as well as spread the word. We re­cently got a bunch of gym­nasts on the team who have been huge in our jump­ing and sprint­ing events. The more fun and ex­cit­ing track is, the more tal­ent and ath­letes we can re­cruit.”

Chris­tian Abra­ham / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

New­town’s Au­drey Ben­son com­petes in the 55-me­ter hur­dles in the SWC in­door cham­pi­onship on Feb. 3, 2018, in New Haven.

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