Ready… Set…Sprint!

The runners take their mark in their specified lane, thoughts rummaging through their mind. It’s time to prepare and try to relax, this is the final trial in the 4x100m relay. This is the race that matters, with the gold medal on the line. With their hands arched on the line, they hear only silence, until the pop of the gun, then off, sprinting as fast as they can to pass the baton to their teammate. If any of the Outdoor Track team is asked about their favorite meet, they will most likely say Ledyard Relays. Occurring in late April, this annual event is known all throughout schools involved with the Eastern Connecticut Conference (ECC) and the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC). The two-day event is run by Ledyard head coach David Tetlow, and assisted by coaches Jose Sanabria, Jeff Wadecki, and Coach Ziegler.

Just as the name states, every event (including field events), are relays. The team for each event consists of three competitors and one alternate. With that smaller team, each team’s final placement determines the number of points earned for your school’s entire team, and can eventually place if you score high enough. Making any sense? Here’s an example.

Ledyard entered three thrower’s in the girls’ shot put competition: sophomore Anna Leandri, freshman Kira Kassim, senior Isabelle Hammar, and also put in senior Delanie Green as an alternate in case someone gets injured or sick. The three girls threw and ended up coming third in the competition overall. Since they got third place, they earn a bronze medal and also put points towards the Ledyard team as a whole.

This year, an estimated total of 18 teams throughout Connecticut have signed up to compete in the relays. They are:

Bacon Academy

Berlin

Daniel Hand

East Lyme

Fitch

Griswold

Killingly

Ledyard

Lyman Memorial

Middletown

Montville

Old Saybrook

Plainfield

Sacred Heart Academy

Saint Bernard School

Tourtellotte Memorial

Waterford

Woodstock Academy

The Athletic Booster Club also runs the concession stand, so if players or spectators get hungry during the events, they can stop and get a quick, cheap bite to eat. If anyone wanted to grab a memento from this event, the track team also sells unique shirts, coming in both long sleeved and short sleeved. Ledyard Relays is a great event for each team individually, and a very entertaining event for the watcher. The atmosphere is welcoming, competitive, and supportive. No athlete will ever be brought down, as this two-day event is to both earn points for their school, but also to improve their skills and get better at their events.

Final Results of the Relays:

Although only occurring on Saturday, due to bad weather on Friday, and the Relays went

smoothly, with many Ledyard athlete’s getting new personal records and even qualifying for the state tournament. Down below are all of Ledyard’s positive outcomes from the invitational:

  • 6th overall in the boys’ varsity 4x400m relay
  • 4th overall in the girls’ varsity 400m hurdle shuttle relay
  • 2nd overall in the boys’ varsity 440m hurdle shuttle relay
  • 4th overall in the girls’ varsity 4x1600m relay
  • 9th overall in the girls’ varsity 1600m sprint medley relay
  • 2nd overall in the boys’ varsity 1600m sprint medley relay
  • 1st overall in the girls and boys varsity throwers relay
  • 1st and 8th overall in the girls’ junior varsity 4x100m relay
  • 8th overall in the boys’ junior varsity 4x100m relay
  • 6th overall in the boys’ junior varsity 4x400m relay
  • Olivia Crawford placed 7th in the 300m hurdles
  • Cole Dirico placed 12th in the 300m hurdles
  • 7th, 9th, 10th and 11th overall in the girls 3200m
  • Zak King placed 5th in the boys 3200m
  • 7th overall in the girls’ triple jump relay
  • 2nd overall in the boys’ triple jump relay
  • 3rd overall in the boys ‘high jump relay
  • 3rd overall in the boys’ pole vault relay
  • 4th overall in the girls shot put relay
  • 3rd overall in the boys shot put relay
  • 3rd overall in the girls’ discus relay
  • 6th overall in the boys’ discus relay
  • 3rd overall in the girls’ javelin relay
  • 1st overall in the boys’ javelin relay
  • 3rd overall in the girls long jump relay
  • 1st overall in the boys long jump relay

Sophie Keefe, Staff Writer

Senior Sophia ‘Sophie’ Keefe is a staff writer for the 2017-2018 Colonel. She is an avid varsity softball player and track runner on top of her involvement in Ledyard music, participating in Acabellas, Carolers, and Select Singers. After school, you’ll find her studying for anatomy, while simultaneously petting cats and listening to Plain Ketchup (it’s a band.)

Author: thecolonel306

The Colonel is Ledyard High School's award-winning news magazine, serving as the student voice of LHS for almost 50 years.

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