STONINGTON — Stonington High track coach Ben Bowne chuckles when he reflects on what Joey Hinckley has accomplished during his time with the Bears.
"As a freshman, he was just this kid with a lot of energy," Bowne said. "If you had told me that in the next four years he would be four times All-State, a three-time New England qualifier, go to nationals and get a medal and be on nearly every school record for the relays, I would have laughed.
"There was no way that kid was going to accomplish all of that."
But Hinckley did, and the most recent addition to his résumé was an All-ECC Division III first-team honor in the pole vault.
Hinckley cleared 12-0 to take second in the event at the ECC championships. The meet includes teams from all four ECC divisions. Hinckley was the top finisher from Division III.
"He loves track and he loves working hard," Bowne said. "He really pushed himself."
Hinckley placed second in the pole vault by clearing 13-0 at the Class M meet. He was sixth at the Open meet with a vault of 13-6 and was 12th at New Englands (13-3).
He was also the school's CIAC scholar-athlete winner.
Rhys Hammond was an All-ECC Division III first-team selection in the 800 after winning the race at the league championships in 1:56.80.
Hammond, a junior, was fourth in the 800 (1:58.57) and 1,600 (4:25.59) at the Class M meet, and third in the Open in the 800 (1:54.69). The top three runners in the Open were separated by .07 seconds.
He was seventh at New Englands in the 800 (1:56.76). He missed All-New England by less than a second.
"It was a good year for him as he starts moving up to the 1,600, where he might be running when he gets to college," Bowne said. "He was running a lot more volume than in previous years. He competed against a lot of talent every single step of the way."
David Wing, a sophomore, earned first-team All-ECC Division III in the javelin after a throw of 137-4, almost 12 feet better than his seed throw, at the league championship meet.
"He kept bugging me all season to throw the javelin," Bowne said. "I told him he had to be able to throw at least 100 feet because we had tons of throwers. He proved to be halfway decent at it and really had a nice throw at the ECC [meet]."
Sam Inthasit, Ben Abely, Martin Vernet and Justin McKenna were All-ECC first-team Division III in the 4x100 relay after a third-place finish at the league championship meet in 44.37.
Harrison Rose was the ECC sportsmanship award winner, and Max Wojtas was the scholar-athlete award winner.