Postseason roundup: SHS’ Bell, Hall double up on ECC Div. II first-team honors in track

Postseason roundup: SHS’ Bell, Hall double up on ECC Div. II first-team honors in track

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STONINGTON — The javelin and the 100.

For most track athletes that wouldn’t be the combination of events that go together. The javelin and the discus, say, or maybe the shot — that sounds more likely. Or perhaps the 100 and 200 — they go together.

But Stonington High junior Aliza Bell earned postseason honors in the javelin and the 4x100 relay this season. It is a testament to her athletic ability.

She was Class M All-State in the javelin after winning the event at the Class M state meet. She was first-team ECC Division II after placing second in the event at the league championship meet. She was the highest-finishing Division II competitor.

Bell also combined with Kate Hall, Lucy Sternberg and Gwen Andersen for first team in the 4x100 after a second-place finish at the ECC meet.

“She really came along,” said Ben Bowne, who coaches the boys and girls team with Jeff Parkinson. “She was just kind of growing in confidence. I was really proud of her for wining at the state level.

“With field hockey and basketball, she was pretty beat up by the time she got to us. She was never 100 percent [the entire season].”

Bowne said next season Bell may be used in a different way.

“She was always having to leave the javelin to compete,” Bowne said. “Next year she will do more throwing, hurdling and jumping for us.”

Hall, a senior, was first-team ECC Division II in the 100 and 200. She tied for first in the 100 at the league meet, and won the 200.

Hall received the girls best in track award at the ECC meet.

“She did well at the league level,” Bowne said.

Keegan Donohue was first-team ECC Division II in the pole vault. She was fourth at the league meet.

“In a bunch of meets this season we needed someone to step up, and she consistently did that for us,” Bowne said.

Jessica Detwiler finished third in the 800 at the league meet and was first-team ECC Division II.

Detwiler combined with Liz Gray, Lindsey Orr and Emma Small to win the 4x800 at the ECC meet for first-team honors.

Izzy Yarnall received the sportsmanship award and Small earned the scholar-athlete award.

Stonington was 3-2 in the Division II dual-meet season.









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