Hawks Place 1st in 12 Events at CVC Championships
May 18, 2023 by Alan Kornspan

The Hawken Hawks got their post season off to a great start at the CVC Valley Division Championships on May 9 and 11.

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The Hawken Hawks got their post season off to a great start at the CVC Valley Division Championships on May 9 and 11.

Winning the boys 100m and 200m was senior Dominic Johnson, a Carnegie Mellon University football commit.

“It’s a blessing to be out here,” Johnson said. “Just being able to keep winning, and winning to help my team today, was a pleasure for me.”

The Hawken boys team of Vlad Estrin, Dominic Johnson, Jordan Johnson and Thomas Wright also won the 4x100m relay.

“We overcame the adversity that we had,” Johnson said. “Our original anchor is not here and not running today. But we overcame it; we worked as a team.

“Although we had a little bit of ups and downs in the exchanges, we got it done.”

The Hawks look to repeat as state champions in the 4X100m relay. In 2022, current seniors Dominic Johnson and Christian Anderson, along with Hawks alumni Jordan Harrison and Andrew Bukovnik, won the 4x100m state championship with a state record time of 41.66.

In addition to Hawken boys winning their sprint events, Hawken junior Leila Metres won the girls 100m, 200m and 400m events.

“I got put in the sprint triple today for my team,” Metres said. “I don’t really run the 100 that often, so it was exciting to do something a little different, and it means so much to be here and do that for my team.”

In 2022, Metres finished fifth in the state in the 400m.

The Hawks also won individual long distance and field event titles.

Nick Garcia-Whitko won the boys 1600m, Parker Carrus won the boys 3200m, and Brielle Collins won the girls 3200m.

“It’s always good to go out and compete, and I had my buddy Tommy with me, which was just awesome because me and him got to run together, which was really fun,” Garcia-Whitko said.

Winning field events for the Hawken boys were Ethan Metz (pole vault) and Jordan Johnson (long jump).

Madison Sands won the high jump for the girls team.

For other districts, Cardinal Track and Field’s Lily Ayer, Anna Layman and Ronnee Collins also won individual CVC Valley Division titles.

Collins and Layman were co-champions in the girls pole vault competition, and Lily Ayer finished first in the girls 800m.

“Coming into this race, I knew the girls that I have been running against all year and the girls that were my competition,” Ayer said, “so I just needed to get out hard and make as much of a gap as I could.”

Of the post-season, she added that she’s “just (looking forward to) getting my time down more, winning districts again, and just going for the school record.”

District track and field competition for Berkshire, Cardinal and Hawken began this week.