Track and Field: Crossing the Finish Line with Success


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Seniors (listed from left to right) Grace Koukopoulos, Samantha Thompson, Courtney Rowland, Greg Bastik, Ian Budrewicz, Kellen Herman, Tyler Lavaway, and Meteku Ciesielski line up on the Nonnewaug turf.

Annalise Rupe, Sports Editor

WOODBURY — Nonnewaug’s Track and Field team got off to a normal start this year — finally. After concluding the indoor track season, the team knew they were destined to a normal season. 

This season they competed in all their field events, throwing events, relays, and hurdle events. The team participated in a total of seven meets, along with the Berkshire League festival, and the Berkshire League championships. Next, they will compete in the state championships. 

The Chiefs finished second in the BL for the girls and third in the BL for the boys. Overall, they are winding down the season on a high note, breaking many personal records and finishing strong. Many players also qualified for the state meet. 

Sam Thompson, senior at NHS, has been a part of the track and field team since her freshman year. Her personal record was on long jump at 16 feet.

“The highlight of my season was placing well at BLs and qualifying for states,” said Thompson. 

Courtney Rowland, senior at NHS, had a record-breaking season. At the beginning, she beat the Nonnewaug school record in high jump. The school record was 5-3 and she jumped at 5-4. This was just the beginning of her successes. She went on to jump 5-6 at their meet against Housatonic/Litchfield, beating the school record once again and creating a new personal record. 

Grace Koukopoulos, senior at NHS, has been a part of the track team since her freshman year also. 

“I think what I’ll miss most about track is the environment. We all have so much respect for each other and everyone on the team wants each other to do their best, and push each other to make that happen,” said Koukopolous. 

Koukopoulos set personal records in most of her events, but she “was always really proud when [their] 4×800 team PR’ed to make states.” 

“My season highlight was getting in third place in steeple chase and the 4×800 of our under the lights meet against Northwestern,” concluded Koukopoulos. 

This year marked the end of an era for the seniors on the team. “The thing I will likely miss most about track is the team and our coach,” stated Ian Budrewicz, senior at NHS. 

“I was very inspired by the dedication of the members of our team and of our coach, and that is something that cannot be taught,” he added. 

According to Budrewicz, the season went spectacularly and “everyone improved massively.”