Stella "The Sensation" Worters
Text and photos by Steev Riccardo
AUBURN - Oxford’s Emily the “Sweet Assassin” Dawidcyzk and Shepherd Hill’s Stella “The Sensation” Worters each won a pair of events and continued to dominate at the Southern Worcester County League Track meet in Auburn last Wednesday (May 16) afternoon.
The Shepherd Hill boys were first in the team rankings and far ahead in overall points as they continued to be the cream of the crop on the boy’s side. Their counterparts, the Shepherd Hill girls’ team, finished second overall behind Millbury.
Dawidcyzk has an amazing showing for the Pirates. She won both the 100-meter hurdles and the long jump and finished a strong fourth in the triple jump.
The “Sweet Assassin” blew away the crowd around her when she jumped 17.7 feet, beating her previous best of 16.9, and in the process breaking the SWCL record as well as her own school record.
A very happy Dawidcyzk said afterwards, “It was pretty far for me. I beat my previous personal best by a foot.”
The Pirates junior star was hot off the heels of a great performance at the Districts, where she also won the high jump and the 200-meter dash.
Worters, the Rams sophomore sensation, was equally impressive, winning both the mile-run and 800-meters.
Shepherd Hill’s Katie McCambridge, who won the shot put was happy to be part of the whole SWCL experience, “It’s crazy being here, we just want to come out on top like we did in the winter. It’s just a rush being out here and hoping the person next to you doesn’t beat you. Getting first in the shot put was nice.”
Rocco DiStefano with Millbury star Audrey Schmidt
Bartlett’s Rocco DiStefano finished second in the 400-meter dash and second in the javelin throw but was most excited about being part of an all-star 100-meter dash which included Central Mass stars Obi Melifonwu of Grafton High School, who will be attending UConn to play football in the fall, and Uxbridge’s Jerry Drane, who came in first and second.
“It was a very fast field,” said DiStefano, “from the very start I knew it was going to be a good race. All of the competitors are really good and there really hasn’t been as much competition as this before. I am up there in speed but it showed how good the field was since I came in sixth. It was a good race and it was my fastest time, it gave me a good run for my money. I didn’t win but I feel happy to have been a part of that.”
Bartlett High School boys’ track coach Paul Lango added, “This league meet is a culmination of the whole league season, and the best and the brightest shine. We came in sixth place overall and that is not too bad for us. It’s always fun watching new kids come through and the changing of the guard.”
Key Girls Results
Oxford senior Jordan Orrell had an excellent meet as she came in second in the 400-meter dash and finished fifth in the 100-meter dash.
Shepherd Hill freshman Juleanna Schultz won the two-mile run, with Bartlett senior Kellie Powers coming in a strong third place.
Bartlett’s Amy Panczyk had an excellent showing, coming in a strong third in the long jump behind Dawidcyzk and ninth in the 100-yard dash.
Shepherd Hill junior Danielle Watkins came in third in the 400-meter dash.
Bartlett’s Alicia Garamy won the discus throw and came in sixth in the shot put.
Shepherd Hill’s Haley Chamberlin and Kaleigh Durkin came in fourth and fifth in the 800-meter run behind Worters.
Shepherd Hill sophomore Emily Thibaud came in a strong third in the 400-meter hurdles.
The Rams has strong finishers in the high jump with Emily Mattson coming in second and Lexi Poirier coming in third. Bartlett’s Deeana Truhanovitch came in seventh place.
Deeana Truhanovitch in a heated hurdle battle
The Pirates Anissa White came in fifth in the javelin throw.
Shepherd Hill also won the girls 4x400 relay race by seven seconds.
Key Boys Results
Bartlett senior co-captain Arthur Hackenson won the discus throw and finished third in the shot put.
Shepherd Hill’s Drew Jean-Guillaume finished third in the 100-meter dash and was also third in the long jump.
DiStefano finished second in the 400-meter dash, while Leo Harmon came in third and Chris Patrinos was fourth.
Shepherd Hill’s Dan Stomksi and Harmon finished one and two in the 800-meter run.
Stomski was also second in the mile-run behind winning teammate Elijah Fossas, who won by four seconds. Bartlett’s Jeremy Guyette was eighth.
Bartlett’s Nikita Truhanovitch won the 110-meter hurdles, an event he continues to dominate.
Shepherd Hill dominated the 400-meter hurdles with Jacob Grotton and Caleb White finishing first and second.
Chris Patrinos finished second in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump.
Jon Benoit came in second for the Rams in the javelin throw; Bartlett’s DiStefano was third.
The Shepherd Hill boys also won the 4x100-meter relay.