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Watertown Boys and Woodland Girls Claim NVL Indoor T&F Championship Titles

Created at 1/29/2019 9:33 AM  by Marty Ogden 
Last modified at 1/29/2019 9:33 AM  by Marty Ogden 

msr logo On Monday night at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven, the Watertown Boys team denied the Derby boys’ team a fourth straight win in the Naugatuck Valley League Indoor Track and Field Championship as Watertown used a balanced attack to score 86 points to the defending champion’s 63 points. The Indians were led by sophomore Keith Caouette who had their only win of the day in the 600m. His time of 1:26.89 just missed meet record by .71 seconds. He later came back to secure 3rd in the 300m dash and was part of their 4th place 4x400m relay in helping gain 20 of his team’s points.

In the biggest difference between the two teams was Woodland’s 28 points in the distance events, while Derby was shut out in the three longest events. John Polletta and Dan Ottowitz went 2-3 in the 1000m run, Spencer Dodge took two bronze medals in the 1600m and 3200m races while Tim Heroux added a fifth place in the 3200m run.

Additions of 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the pole vault by seniors Jon Shirk and Luke Calabrese, who cleared 12 and 11’6 respectively, and you have Watertown’s first NVL championship since 2012.

Derby’s Ja'Kwan Hale did everything he could to help his team defend their title. He tied the meet record in the High Jump with a clearance of 6’6, won the 300m dash in 36.50 and ran a leg of the winning 4x400m relay that crossed the line in a season best of 3:40.16. That winning relay team also consisted of Kanye Bailey, Javan Guevara-Cragwell and Damian Caruso.

Edward Williams of Sacred Heart-Waterbury continued to dominate the 55m hurdles by defending his title, finishing in 7.66.  He added another win by taking the 55m dash in 6.63. 

Another double winner was Wolcott sophomore Nicholas Bendtsen who took the 1600m run in 4:43.49 and returned at the end of the meet to win the 3200m run in 10:25.45.

8-Straight for Woodland Women

In the Girls’ Championship meet, the Woodland Girls team continued its tradition of dominance in the NVL by taking its eighth straight victory. Sophomore Jaden Young had a big hand in the win by anchoring the 4x800m to a first-place finish with a time of 10:40.69, coming back an hour later to take the 1000m run in 3:13.84 and finishing off her night with 12:16.68 in the 3200m run to place 4th.

Woodland’s other first place finish came from junior Jasmine Michie who improved a foot in the Shot Put with her PR throw of 36’2.50”.

Altogether, the Hawks placed in 12 of 15 events to score 99 points to runner up Watertown’s 84 points.

Emma Zaccagnini of Watertown defended her title in the 600m run and added a 2nd place finish in the 300m dash and another gold medal in the 4x400m relay.  Her teammate, All-State heptathlete Morgan Dodge took the long jump in 15’6.75”, set a personal record of 9.16 for 3rd in the 55m Hurdles as well as helped her 4x200m team to a 2nd place finish.

Another meet record that almost went down was one of the oldest in the NVL Championship books. Kelsey DeJesus moved the bar up in the Pole Vault to 10 feet 1-inch to try to overcome Danielle Ponte’s meet record of 10’0”.  Ponte was one of Connecticut’s first All-State athletes when the vault was first recognized in 2002.   But after three attempts by DeJesus, Ponte’s record will stand for another year.

Kathryn Rodrigues of Wolcott has continued her outstanding junior year by defending her NVL double victories in the 1600m and 3200m events. After an outstanding cross-country season in which she finished 4th at the State Open and 8th at the New England Championship, she easily won both races Monday night with times of 5:18.27 and 11:40.89 respectively.

Finally, Patricia Jurkowski of Seymour can lay claim to the title of the fastest girl in the Naugatuck Valley. She swept both the 55m dash and 55m hurdles as well as added a 4th place in the 300m dash to her collection of medals.


The complete meet results are available for the Naugatuck Valley League Indoor T&F Championship on the Results page sponsored by soundRUNNER Scholastic with stores in Branford, Fairfield, Glastonbury and Old Saybrook. The meet was held at Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven CT on Monday January 28, 2019.

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