WHITESBORO – Norwich’s star-studded boys and girls varsity track team continues to excel, taking home second place finishes for both sides this past weekend.
Norwich brought home multiple top-podium finishes on either side, posting a multitude of personal best marks in the process. Winning the Ed Wadas Invitational for the boys in 2017 was New Hartford with 106 points – while Norwich would finish second with 83 team points, besting Henninger at 61 points for third place.
The Tornado girls would finish second behind their 2017 champion Rome Free Academy at 145 points. The Norwich girls slid to second with 69 points, edging out Central Valley Academy at 59 points for third.
“The big highlight was that we placed second as a team for boys and girls, at a meet with some really good teams from section III,” said Norwich head coach Shaun Horan.
The boys side got started with some fireworks, as Norwich’s speedster Zack Race was bested in the 100m dash during the preliminary round, by Nasir Jones of Henninger at 11.34 compared to Race’s 11.49. Race would avenge the first round defeat in the finals with a first place finish, running an 11.17 second race – defeats Jones, who ran an 11.18 second time. Norwich’s Eric Conant would pull up a solid fourth place finish in the event, running an 11.72 second race.
Race and Conant would return to the track, to again finish first and fourth. Both Norwich sprinters dashed their way to personal best times in the 200m race – Race finishing in first with a 22.30 and Conant finishing in fourth with a 23.62 second time.
But wait, there is more.
The Tornado boys not only continued their stellar performances in the sprinting races – but extended their success into the mid-distance and distance races as well.
Scott Tomanocy hit a personal best time in the 400 meter dash, running a 53.69 second race, placing him sixth overall.
Impressively, Norwich’s Gabe Gawronski continued the trend into the 800 meter run – finally edging his way under the two minute mark – a longtime goal of Gawronski’s. Not only did Gawronski hit a seasons-best time, he earned a first-place finish in the 800m, running a 1:59.21, and officially was the only runner out of 28 to run under the two minute mark.