On Saturday, May 18, the Kingswood Oxford Boys' Track and Field Team placed 3rd out of 24 teams in the Division III New England Track and Field Championships at Gaudet Middle School in Middletown, RI.
With a group of experienced athletes and a few newcomers to championship competition, the Wyverns scored 63 points in a competitive field of teams from every state in New England. As the Wyverns competed during the day, many athletes showed season best efforts and personal best performances.
Starting off the day, the 4 X 100 Meter Relay team had their best passes of the season and ran to season’s best time of 44 as they sprinted to a first place finish. Winston Ware led off, Jaden Lovelace ran the backstretch, Broox Bolden ran a very fast curve, and Jeff Davis brought the baton home while chasing down the anchor runner ahead of him. Coach Kraus noted: "This group all had experience in the 4 x 100 this season, and their New England run was good example of their talent and effort. It’s been a good relay all season and today they rose to the challenge.
The Shot Put saw good performances from Elijah Infante whothrew 38’ 4.00”, which was good for eighth place, and CaptainEllis Winfree earned second place with a put of 44’ 7.00”. In the 1500, Ethan Pinkes ran well as he surged in the last lap to finish in seventh place with a best time of 4:25.81. In the Long Jump, Jaden Lovelace jumped well and leaped to his second best distance of the season, placing 15th with a jump of 17’ 10.25”.
In the Discus, Ellis Winfree threw solidly in his second best distance of the season as he earned second place with a throw of 138’ 9”. In the 100 Meters, Jeff Davis had a solid trials run of 11.53 (into a 5.4 wind) to qualify and Broox Bolden ran 11.62 (into a 2.2 wind) to also advance to the finals. Running an 11.56, Broox placed third in the finals, and running an 11.37 (both against a wind of 3.1) Jeff Davis placed second—the highest combination of finishes for KO boys in 20 years.
Matt Bzywyckyj ran a strong race in the 800 meters, but got a little boxed in and finished in 2:12.46 to take 13th place. Ethan Pinkes returned to the track to run a good race as he posted a best time of 2:09.90 to place 10th. Captain Coltrane Joseph ran a great race, got pinched a bit on the homestretch but powered to a third place finish with a best time of 2:03.88.
In the 300 Hurdles, Jaden Lovelace ran solidly, placing 21st in 49.36. Ellis Winfree also ran well, pushing and somersaulting to his season best time, 43.09, won the second to last heat and placed sixth overall. The 200 Meters saw another excellent effort from Jeff Davis who ran his second best time of the season, a 23.03, wining the second to last heat to take second place, and Broox Bolden jogged in to save his legs for the 4 x 400. In the 3000, Kevin Graziosi had a huge best time (by 50 seconds!) as he finished in 17th place with a time of 10:19.17.
To end the day, the 4 X 400 Meter Relay team ran a fast and exciting race. Leading off Ethan Pinkes 54.7—his season best!) set up the Wyverns with a great opening leg. Ellis Winfree stepped in to run a courageous second leg (55.6) to keep the Wyverns in third place. Broox Bolden (51.4) ran his best split of the season and pulled the team into second position. Coltrane Joseph (51.1) also posted his best split of the season—and the fastest of the meet—as he brought the relay home closing on the lead runner but not quite catching him. Overall, the Wyverns ran to their second best time of the season, as they placed second in 3:32.82.
Prior to the New England meet, the Wyverns closed out their season with a 10 and 6 record in dual meet competition.