STONINGTON — If Elizabeth Morrison dedicated a full year to practice her indoor track specialty events, Stonington High coach Ben Bowne is convinced she could make a serious run at All-America honors in the pentathlon (hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot put, 800-meter run).
Morrison, who was Class S All-State first team in lacrosse last spring and Class S second team in field hockey last fall, still achieved high marks during indoor track season.
The Bears’ senior earned ECC Small Division first -team honors in the shot put. She also placed among the top five in three events at the Class M state meet — shot put, high jump and 55-meter hurdles.
“She competes in technical events that usually require a full commitment to track because they are specialized events,” Bowne said. “Most get started in the winter and fine-tune in the warmer weather because it’s tough to get quality practice time in winter. For her to do as well as she did and still excel in two other sports, it shows what a great athlete she is.”
Morrison was third in the Class M shot put at 34-3. She also finished fourth in the high jump at 4-feet-10 and was fifth in the 55 hurdles, where she set a school record in 9.46 this season.
ECC-Small first team is determined by first-place finishers at the ECC-Small championship meet.
“She just missed qualifying for the national scholastic pentathlon championships after the states last month,” Bowne said. “She was the only shot put thrower in the state to score in two other events. She loves lacrosse, but if she chose to do track this spring, she would be a tremendous in the heptathlon or pentathlon.”
Morrison was a member of the team for four years, but this is the first time she earned a postseason award.
While Morrison led the Bears to a second place in the ECC-Small meet behind Griswold, others also cracked the Stonington indoor track record book in Bowne’s first season as coach.
The 4x180 relay team of juniors Kenna McWilliams, Kaeli Novak, Meg Rolfe and senior Theresa Kane set a school record of 1:41.28 while finishing first at the ECC-Small meet.
McWilliams also set the 300-meter run school record in 45.65 during the season. Kane, an All-State softball player in her first year of indoor track, set a Bear record in the 55-meter dash (8.0). Bowne said Alice Pratt also second the long jump school record of 15-5¾. Novak briefly set records in the 55 and 300 until teammates broke them.
Juniors Jennifer Sieczkiewicz and Casey Williams joined classmates McWilliams and Rolfe to repeat as ECC-Small champs in the 4x360 relay in 3:55.53. Rolfe ran a strong final leg, overcoming a Montville runner just before the finishing tape to win it by three one-hundredths of a second.
“We had a deep set of long sprinters,” Bowne said. “We had three girls (Rolfe, Novak and McWilliams) set the 300-meter run record until Kenna set the last school record. Of course having that kind of depth boded well for our relays.”
Meg O’Lari represented Stonington on the ECC sportsmanship team.
BOYS’ INDOOR TRACK
Sophomore Matt Prue and junior Conor Feeney each made ECC-Small honorable mention by virture of finishing second on relay teams at the ECC-Small championships last month.
Prue, sophomore Kyle Whalen, junior Ulysses Sepulveda and Feeney comprised the 4x180 relay team that finished second. Prue, Feeney, senior Frank Sternberg and junior Jason Curioso were second in the 4x360 relay.
Sepulveda made ECC first team during his sophomore season as part of Stonington’s winning 4x360 relay in the ECC meet in 2013.
Sternberg also earned a spot on the ECC-Small sportsmanship team.
Sophomore shooting guard Matt Donahue made his first season as a full-time starter a memorable one, earning ECC-Small honorable mention honors for the Bears.
The 6-foot-2 Donahue averaged 15.7 points a game for the Bears, who finished with a 3-17 record. Donahue led Stonington with 51 3-point field goals, recorded a free-throw percentage of .794 and was team leader in free-throw percentage (.794), assists per game (2.4 a game) and steals per game (0.9 a game).
Senior forward Ethan Schroeder made the ECC Sportsmanship team.
Junior Abbey Contino was Stonington’s recipient of the ECC sportsmanship award.