The individual athletic resumes of Sarah Bonnell, Elisha Eddy, Katie Benenati, and Cleo Daoud are outstanding in their own right. They come together, though, for one event: Three baton exchanges, 100 meters apiece, 51 seconds of blinding speed, and typically a first-place finish in the 400-meter relay.
The Norwich quartet set a school record in the relay two years ago when Bonnell, Eddy, and Benenati were sophomores, and Daoud was a mere freshman. Two years later, the four young ladies – three of whom will graduate in about six weeks, finished their dual meet career with 21 victories in 22 races. The only setback came last year after some difficulty with the baton exchanges, and through four years of racing together, they never lost in a dual meet on their home track.
“It’s a pretty safe statement to say that I’ve depended on the four them heavily the last four years,” said Norwich girls track and field coach, Phil Curley.
Bonnell, Eddy, Benenati, and Daoud solidified another perfect run through division competition earlier this week against Johnson City winning in a time that was less than a second off of their school record. It was another consistent, outstanding performance for perhaps the best girls relay in Norwich history, and their efforts merit them our honor as Evening Sun/Smith Ford LLC Athletes of the Week.
“All four of them have been (track and field) division all-stars as individuals at one point or another,” Curley said. “They take care of their own events and are outstanding athletes by themselves. When you put them together, wow.”
This season, Bonnell earned all-STAC Central honors in the 100-meter dash, the long jump, and triple jump. Eddy is the top shot-putter in the division, and Daoud captured all-division accolades in the 400-meter dash. Benenati, who is specializing in the 100-meter hurdles this year, was a previous two-time division all-star in the 100-meter dash...