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Track teams get first wins

Northampton’s track and field teams picked up their first wins of the season against Freedom (girls, 109-41; boys, 103-45) on Monday at Freedom.

“It’s great to have a season,” said Northampton head coach Tim Caffrey. “I had to call 27 kids last year and tell them their season was over, and that was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my 42 years of coaching. So I used that in my beginning speech this year with the kids, that whenever I see them not working and not enjoying what they’re doing, I’m just going to say the number 27, and they know what that means.”

The Konkrete Kids girls took first place in every event except the high jump, shot put, and discus.

“Our team is pretty small this year, but we’re all pretty tough, and we all have to do a lot of events to keep up, but we’re doing pretty good,” said distance runner Amber Poniktera, who won the 800 meter run (2:31.00) and the 1600 meter run (6:09.40).

“At the end of the 800, it was everything I got,” Poniktera said. “After the mile, I had to get my legs back. It’s not a good tail wind, but it’s not awful either. Overall, I was pretty satisfied. It was my best time of the season.”

The K-Kids girls won all three relays, the 4x1, the 4x4, and the 4x8.

Serenity Burkit won the 3200 meter run (12:42.80), Raine Korpics won the 400 meter dash (1:04.70), and Kelly Tita took first place in the 100 meter dash (12.60) and the 200 meter dash (27.70).

Danika Cuchran placed first in the 100 hurdles (15.80) and the 300 hurdles (51.70).

Caoimhe Stires won the pole vault (6-06.00), Leah Jenkins won the long jump (14-11.00) and the triple jump (31-08.00), and Olivia Vajda won the javelin (103-03.00).

The K-Kids boys took first place in all but five events.

“I like to have 15 boys and 15 girls in each class, and our numbers are down,” said Coach Caffrey. “We have not as much depth, and it’s a little harder, but sometimes it’s a good workout for them.”

Twin brothers Benjamin and Logan Henry finished one, two in the 200.

“I’ve run forever,” said Benjamin, whose first-place 200 time was 22.50 and first-place 100 time was 11.60. “In elementary school, I was always fast, and I do love to play basketball, so I tried out and didn’t make the team, but the coach said I should try out for track, and I made it all the way to districts with the 4x1 team freshman year.”

In Monday’s 4x1 relay, won by Northampton, Benjamin’s handoff came from Logan.

“It’s nice,” Logan said. “The connection between me and him is good. We practice all the time, and the chemistry is unbreakable. He got me to come to track last year but corona ended the season. I did sprinting with him, but I also like to jump. Coach Gulla is really helpful with technique and all that.”

Logan won the long jump (20-06.00) on Monday. Teammate Jacob Kypridakes won the high jump (5-03.00).

Matt Helser won the 400 (52.30), and Zeke Colyer was first in the 1600 (5:03.40).

Shawn Apsley won the 110 hurdles (16.80), the 300 hurdles (40.90), and the triple jump (37-11.50), and Cliff Bastow won the pole vault (11-06.00).

Tyler Klucsarits won the discus (112-03).

Northampton’s last meet of the regular season was scheduled for Wednesday, past Press deadlines.