The Cottage School Cougars competed yesterday against seven other GISA schools from region I-AA to earn a berth to compete at the State Championship next week by placing among the top four finishers in each event.  The boys’ team won silver overall to Windsor Academy and our Spartan few ladies earned fourth. Indomitable Senior Nicholas Daugherty won the high point award for scoring the most points at the meet with 32.5.  The ubiquitous Senior Toby Nwokedi won the discus event and broke his own school record in the process with a toss of 114’5”.

In the 100m dash Kyle Kimble placed second with a 12.05 while Drew Elliott placed sixth in 13.42; Alyssa Briggs placed seventh for the ladies in 15.87 as Leah Maresca earned ninth at 19.30. In the 110 High Hurdles, Alex Hogg placed a close fifth with 22.66. In the 300m Intermediate hurdles, Drew Elliott placed sixth in 53.95. In the 200m dash, Kimble again placed second with a 23.90 as Drew Elliott strode gallantly across the line in sixth with a time of 27.95. Alyssa Briggs placed fifth in the 200 with a 32.11, while Finley Love DNF.  Aidan Briggs won the 400m run in 57.25 as William McGuire placed sixth in 1:02.69.  Finley Love raced to seventh in the girls’ 400m run in 1:32.76.  Nicholas Daugherty won the 800m contest in 2:28.92 as Ryan Gaffneystone placed a heartbreaking fifth in a stampede to the finish at 2:39.44. Senior Alex Nebel earned her excursion to the big dance with a fourth place finish in the same contest at 3: 18.90. Daugherty won the 1600m (the golden mile) in 5:13 as compatriot senior Nick Helm earned a close fifth in 6:05.  Alex Nebel placed fourth to punch her ticket to state in the same event with a 7:11.  Nebel earned silver in the 3200m run with a 16:00 to solidify her competition each of the three days while at the state meet. Daugherty and Helm swept the 3200m race earning gold and silver in 12:06 and 12:47, respectively.  Finley Love placed tenth in the discus with an effort of 31’1” as Leah Maresca placed 11th with a throw of 26’ 07”.  Toby Nwokedi and Aiden Misnuner hammered the throwing competition in the discus winning gold and silver at 114’05” and 103’11”, respectively.  In the vertical (high) jump, Aidan Briggs won gold with the highest leap of his career in 5’10”, narrowing the gap to the 6’0” school record held by AJ Farrar.  Alex Hogg garnered bronze in the high jump, clearing a height of 5’08”.  Kimble and Briggs stood on the podium for silver and bronze in the horizontal jump (long) with efforts of 19’07” and 19’00”, respectively.  Alyssa Briggs placed seventh in the same event for girls with a leap of 12’ 05”. Leah Maresca placed tenth in the shot, putting the implement 12’09”. Toby Nwokedi qualified for state in the same event with a heave of 30’06”, as Aiden Misnuner putted 8’04” for ninth.  Alex Hogg struggled with itchy eyes and managed to triple jump to fourth (state bound) with a hop, step and jump of 36’03”.  The A squad in the lightning quick 4X100m relay earned fifth place, scoring two valuable points with a 50.45 (Alex Hogg, Kyle Kimble, Drew Elliott and William McGuire). In the boys 4X400m relay, the A team won going away in 4:07.32 (Kimble, Hogg, Daugherty and Briggs), while the B team placed fifth in 4:49.5 (Joshua Abernathy, Ryan Gaffneystone, Drew Elliott and William McGuire).

Please congratulate the state bound student-athletes: Alex Nebel, Aidan Briggs, Drew Elliott (alternate for the relay), Hutch Stowe (alternate for the relay), Nick Helm, Nicholas Daugherty, Alex Hogg, Kyle Kimble, Toby Nwokedi, and Aiden Misnuner