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The Woodstock Academy indoor track team didn’t hunker down for the holidays.
The boys’ and girls’ teams were in action the past two weekends at the Coast Guard Academy in New London.
The Eastern Connecticut Conference held a pair of invitational meets begin the process of getting athletes qualified for state competition.
Centaurs senior Ivy Gelhaus and junior Julia Theriaque performed well on both weekends, flipping places in their events.
Gelhaus finished second in the 600-meter on Dec. 22 with a 1:47.4 time which easily qualified her for state competition and also beat everyone else in attendance by nearly five seconds.
The competition was a bit stiffer last Saturday and Gelhaus didn’t equal her time of the week before. She placed second in 1:50.76.
Theriaque finished second in the high jump, clearing the bar at her personal best of 4-feet, 10-inches on Dec. 22. She equaled that this past Saturday and placed first on a tie breaker.
Pole vaulter Sydney Couture took third when she cleared the bar at 5-feet-6 last Saturday and Iris Bazinet also took home a bronze finish in the 1,600-meter which she finished in 6:19.
On the boys’ side, Jackson Dias and Dylan Ponkala finished tied for first in the high jump at a height of 5-feet 2-inches. Dias won the tiebreaker.
Senior Ken Birlin continues his quest to qualify for state competition and is now just five-tenths of a second off in the 10000-meter. He finished second this past Saturday in a time of 2:52.7.
“Nearly all of our athletes set a new personal record in their events as we continue to grow,” Welch said of the past two weeks of competition. “Our international students were missed as they are home on break, attendance is thinner, and we’re lacking some talent in sprints and throws.”
Marc Allard
Sports Information Director
The Woodstock Academy


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