Here are the Rivereast Standout Athletes of the Week for the week of Jan. 3-9:
Shawn Laverty- Portland (Indoor Track): Laverty ran a personal-best 12:47.23 to win the 3200 meters at the Shoreline League Meet in New Haven on Jan. 5. The senior, who was running the event for the first time, was followed by teammates Meghan McPhee, who also ran a personal-best (12:30.05) to finish second, and Abbey Pickel, who finished third. Laverty also won the 1600 meters at the event, besting second-place finishers Aggie Hunt of Lyme-Old Lyme by over 12 seconds.
Liam Calhoun, Ben Risley, Ryan Russo, and Cam Rhodes- RHAM (Indoor Track): Another running record at RHAM has been shattered, this time by the 4x800 Raptors relay foursome at the 7th Annual Wintergreen Invitational at the Moore Field House in New Haven on Jan. 5. Calhoun, Risley, Russo, and Rhodes combined to run a blazing time of 8:43.40, breaking the record and beating runner-up Gilford by over 23 seconds.
Drew DiStefano- East Hampton (Basketball): DiStefano scored 22 points as the Bellringers ousted North Branford 72-45 at EHHS on Jan. 6. The senior guard also added 13 in a 72-53 road win at Haddam-Killingworth on Jan. 4. The pair of wins improved East Hampton to 3-2 this season.
Carson Brown- Bacon Academy (Wrestling): Brown finished third in the 152 lb. bracket at the Casey Dean Yates Invitational at Lyman Memorial High School on Jan. 8. The sophomore won a decision (4-1) over Stonington’s Cooper Light in the consolation round. The Bobcats finished eighth overall as a team, besting six other schools.
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