Athletics News – News – Newtown Boys Claim Team Title at 55th Glenn D. Loucks Games

Soheib Dissa starts 800m against eventual winner Devan Kipyego

By Senior Correspondent Marty Ogden, Editing and Graphics by Ron Knapp

Newtown boys have never won a state title in track and have only won one SWC title in indoor track since the league was founded in 1996. On Saturday, the Nighthawks won their biggest title in school history as they won the team championship at the 55th Glenn D. Loucks Games at White Plains High School in New York. The meet, the most prestigious in the Northeast, gathers teams from about a dozen states and three Canadian provinces with highly nationally ranked performances in many events. Newtown scored 33 points to defeat Saint Anthony’s, St. Peter’s Prep and Stonington who each brought home 20 points.

Sophomore Soheib Dissa is becoming an Iron Man of track by racing fearlessly and always popping off a big performance when needed. He pulled off an incredible triple by racing the 800m on Friday night. He started against Devan Kipyego of St. Raphael, RI and Ridgefield’s Steven Hergenrother, the two best distance runners in New England. With 300m to go, the sophomore challenged Kipyego, who has a 4:00 mile to his credit and was New Balance Nationals runner-up this indoor season. Hergenrother lurked behind at that point and when the three crossed the finish line, the Rhode Islander won in 1:51.83 with the Tiger taking second in 1:52.24. But Dissa finished strong, taking third in a new school and SWC record of 1:52.65.

Dissa returned on Saturday and easily won heat 1 of the boys mile in 4:16.76 to finish 11th to break his second school record of the weekend. He returned about three hours later to run the  3000m steeplechase, taking 2nd in 9:28.12. His time was not only his third school record, but he eclipsed Collin Walsh’s conference record by six seconds, for the 2nd fastest time in the nation and the 4th best time in CT history. 

Oliver Guzy, a fellow sophomore must have taken inspiration from his teammate because he soared to a two-foot PR in the long jump to set another school record with a distance of 22-9.5 to take third place.

Adding 12 points to their team total was a pair of senior javelin throwers, Kevin Murphy took 2nd with a toss of 163-11 and Caleb Smith finished 4th with a distance of 158-0. 

Girls Meet Highlights

Newington junior Katherine Bohlke continues to race impressively this year. She finished in 4th place in the 3200m race on Friday night in a time of 10:38.89. Her time ranks her 15th all time in CT history in the event. But she had no trouble returning…

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