The Warwick High School girls put together an impressive team effort at the OCIAA Track and Field Championships recently to score a total of 96 points for second place, right behind Cornwall High School.
Senior Kaeli Thompson lead the way with 26 points by finishing first in the pole vault, second in the long jump, third in the triple jump, and anchoring the 4×100 meter relay team of Lily Newkirk, Shannon Hegarty, and Alissa Madura to a third place finish.
The sophomore distance duo of Katherine Smith and Kristen Thompson showed impressive range and added 20 points each. Smith finished first in the 800 meter with a New York sophomore number one time of 2:12.92. She finished fourth in the 400 meter and 3,000 meter events. Thompson finished first in the 400 meter, second in the 800 meter and fifth in the high jump. The two joined teammates Michaela Calandra and Leigh Anne Tannar for a third place finish in the 4×800 meter relay with a season best time of 9:41.48.
Other impressive performances from the girls’ squad included Molly Davis who placed third in the Pentathlon; Julia Mosier who placed fifth in the 400 Intermediate Hurdles; Caroline Fatta who placed third in the pole vault; Alissa Madura who placed fifth in the triple jump; and the relay team of Jade Liguori, Madura, Mosier, and Calandra, who strung together four personal or season best 400s for a third place finish in the 4×400 meter relay.
The Warwick boys were lead by junior Behailu Bekele-Arcuri, who pulled off a tremendous distance quadruple by winning the 3,200 meter, the 3,000 meter steeplechase, the 1,600 meter and as part of the eighth place 4×800 meter relay team. His steeplechase time of 9:45.42 was just shy of the national qualifying standard.
The field events were lead by junior Tristan Peterson, who threw a personal best of 134’ in the discus and a very solid 43’ ¾” in the shot put, good for third and fourth place finishes respectively. Charlie Phelan threw right behind Peterson with a season best of 42’ 7 ¾” for sixth place.
In the pole vault, teammates Mack Hallet and Jacob Becher placed fifth and sixth respectively. Triple jumper Cam Burley continued to improve, jumping an impressive 41’ 2 ¼ “, good for seventh place. The boys scored a total of 47.5 points for a fourth place finish overall.
Both squads move on to compete for team titles again on Fri., May 24 at the Section IX Championships in Middletown. They will be back at home on Tues., May 28 at 6 p.m. for the Fast Times meet under the lights.