By BRIAN JENNINGS
Amanda Howe competed in the 71st annual New England interscholastic track and field championship on Saturday, June 11 at Willow Brook Park in New Britain.
Howe’s throw of 117’3” landed her in third out of 36 athletes in the discus, behind Katey Comstock of Windsor, VT (127’7”) and Adelaide Cook of Falmouth (117’4”). Howe came into the meet with a seed of 120’7”.
Howe also placed ninth out of 35 athletes in the shot put with a distance of 35’11.5”. She came into the meet with a seed of 36’5.75”. Abbie Mokwuah of Longmeadow (39’11.25”) won the event.
“I think a lot of people didn’t do well because of the weather,” said Southington coach Dan Dachelet. “The rain got to them for whatever reason at the end of the season. There were a lot of kids that didn’t throw like they had thrown in their state opens. I thought Amanda did great though.”
Although Howe didn’t reach record marks, Dachelet said that you have to judge the meet in its whole entirety.
“It wasn’t a season best for her, but I don’t think there were a lot of season bests today, honestly,” the coach said. “Her mark in the discus was good enough for third, and to be the third best in New England in anything is a pretty big honor.”