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NWC Hurdler Wins State Open with Record Performance

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A number of athletes from Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford had outstanding performances in the Indoor Track and Field State Open on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.

55m high hurdle State Open champion Asa Guest (left) with NWC head coach Patrick Williamson. Courtesy photo

55m high hurdle State Open champion Asa Guest (left) with NWC head coach Patrick Williamson. Courtesy photo

By Ronni Newton

Asa Guest not only took home the title in the 55 meter high hurdle race in the State Open on Feb. 20, but his 7.66 finish was the fastest by a Connecticut athlete this year and also broke the all-time school record at Northwest Catholic High School.

NWC head track and field coach Patrick Williamson said that Guest owns not only Connecticut’s fastest time but also the second fastest time in the 55 meter high hurdles this year. He ran 7.72 in the Yale High School Classic in January.

Guest, a NWC senior and team co-captain who is a resident of Newington, was also CCC champion in the event and a Class S runner-up. He has earned All-Conference and All-Conference All-Academic honors, and was named to the All-State team for indoor track and field.

The top six finishers in each event at the Indoor Track and Field State Open qualify for the New England Championships, and Guest is among those who will move on to compete in the New England Championship meet in Boston on March 4.

Williamson highlighted other notable performances from NWC athletes at the State Open, held at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven, that included the boys 4x200m relay team finish in eighth place overall with a season best time of 1:34.92. The relay team, which previously placed second at the Class S meet, included Samuel Deveau (grade 10, Bloomfield), Guest (grade 12, Newington), co-captain David Ogbonna (grade 12, West Hartford), and co-captain Damian Mackay-Morgan (grade 12, Simsbury).

Kathryn Shea, a junior from West Hartford, finished the girls 1000m in ninth place.

Co-captain Brian Waterston, a senior from West Hartford, ran in the boys 1600m race.

The NWC boys team tied for 12th place overall at the State Open, Williamson said.

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The NWC 4x200m team of (from left) Samuel Deveau (grade 10, Bloomfield), Captain Asa Guest (12, Newington), Captain Damian Mackay-Morgan (12, Simsbury), and Captain David Ogbonna (12, West Hartford). Courtesy photo

The NWC 4x200m team of (from left) Samuel Deveau (grade 10, Bloomfield), Captain Asa Guest (12, Newington), Captain Damian Mackay-Morgan (12, Simsbury), and Captain David Ogbonna (12, West Hartford). Courtesy photo

NWC’s boys captains include (from left): Brian Waterston, Asa Guest, Damian Mackay-Morgan, and David Ogbonna. Courtesy photo

NWC’s boys captains include (from left): Brian Waterston, Asa Guest, Damian Mackay-Morgan, and David Ogbonna. Courtesy photo

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