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Meet 2: Centaurs prosper at Bethel Invitational

Woodstock Academy indoor track coach Josh Welch had the opportunity to go with his Eastern Connecticut Conference friends to a league developmental meet in Providence.

Or, he could just go to the Bethel Invitational across the state.

He chose the latter.

“It was a great meet to give the kids a chance to stack up events. We had some kids running three events and the experience and workout was great for them. Lots of kids had a chance to try things for a first time,” Welch said.

And the Centaurs experienced success as well as the girls brought home five 1st-place finishes, the boys finished best in four events and a host of athletes qualified for state championship competition.

The Centaurs girls indoor track team had a host of fine individual and team performances.

On the individual side, Bella Sorrentino hit a personal best with a 34-foot throw in the shotput to bring home a 1st-place finish.

Fellow senior Magdalena Myslenski also had a 1st-place performance as she cleared the bar in the pole vault at 7-feet,6-inches.

“Bella was on fire in the shotput. Each throw resulted in a new personal best to win the event. Magda did a great job of being focused and making adjustments in the pole vault to pull off a close win,” Welch said.

Sorrentino was also third in the 55m hurdles, qualifying for state championship competition in the process, and was a member of the 4x200m relay team with Kaelyn and Talia Tremblay and Juliet Allard that finished in second place.

Allard also qualified for the States with a second-place finish in the 55m hurdles.

“That was an amazing run for her because she was facing one of the top hurdlers in the state. Her leg in the 4x200m was around 26 seconds and her 300m time was just off her personal best and should give her a great seed for the state meet,” Welch said.

Julia Coyle was best in the 1600m, finishing just ahead of freshman teammate Olivia Tracy who placed third.

Senior Lauren Brule was second in the 1000m with a strong 3:43 effort.

Brule was also a member of the 4x800m relay which brought home a 1st-place finish. Brule was joined  by Tessa Brown, Tracy and Sydney Lord.

Brown, Isabella Selmecki, Gianna Smith and Mia Sorrentino had a 1st-place finish in the sprint medley and the 4x400m team of the two Tremblays, Coyle and Tracy finished second overall in 4:49.