Beauton Takes 1st Place for State Open Golf; Track Teams Represent at the Open, New Englands
Freshman Andrew Beauton finished atop the leaderboard when he competed in the State Open Championship on behalf of the Guilford boys’ golf team last week. Beauton carded a 70 to edge out the runner-up by a single stroke and take the State Open title at the Black Hall Club on June 11.
Beauton claimed first place among a pack of 25 golfers with a one-under-par score of 70 for his 18-hole round at the State Open. Beauton finished just ahead of sophomore Bradley Sawka of Ellington, who came in second place with an even-par total of 71.
Just a few days earlier, Beauton finished second for the individual standings when Guilford competed at the Division I State Championship. Beauton recorded a score of 72 and only placed behind Michael Rothberg of Fairfield Prep (69) at the state meet, helping the Grizzlies finish sixth overall with a team score of 330 at Stanley Golf Course on June 6.
Senior Miguel Pearce finished in a tie 21st place by posting a score of 81 for the Grizzlies in the Division I State Championship. Pearce and Beauton had previously finished in a tie for sixth place with their scores of 78 at the SCC Championship, where Guilford finished in third.
Junior Leo Hergan scored an 88 to finish in a tie for 40th place for the Grizzlies at states. Junior Aidan Webster finished in a tie for 44th place with a score of 89, and senior Owen Angkatavanich tied for 49th place by carding a score of 90.
Boys’ Outdoor Track
The Guilford boys’ outdoor track team saw its 4x800 relay claim third place at the State Open Championship and then finish fourth in the New England Championship last week. The Grizzlies also had one other relay and three individuals participate in the State Open.
Guilford’s 4x800 relay of junior Michael Masotti, senior Thomas Gregory, sophomore Coleman Love, and senior Justin Shiffrin posted a time of 7:59.43 on its way to placing third at the State Open Championship at Willow Brook Park on June 6. The Grizzlies’ quartet significantly lowered its time from when it finished fifth at the Class MM State Championship (8:22.82) and scored 6 points that put Guilford in 34th place for the team standings at the Open.
Then on June 11, Guilford’s 4x800 relay competed at the New England Championship at Willow Brook Park. The Grizzlies’ unit came in fourth place by recording a time of 7:58.48 at the New England meet.
Guilford’s 4x400 relay team of Shiffrin, Gregory, senior Cal Stephens, and junior Joshua Chen finished 13th at the State Open with a time of 3:28.65. Guilford’s 4x4 relay was coming off of a second-place performance at the Class MM State Championship, where they recorded a time of 3:29.14.
Shiffrin took 14th place in the 1,600 for the Grizzlies at the State Open. Shiffrin had won the 1,600 at the SCC West Sectional Championship (4:34.74) and then finished fourth at the SCC Championship (4:24.21) and fourth in the Class MM State Championship (4:26.77). Shiffrin also earned top honors in the 800 at sectionals (2:01.67) and then came in third place at SCCs (1:59.55).
Sophomore Andres Gutierrez finished 15th in the triple jump at the State Open by hitting a distance of 40 feet-3 inches. Gutierrez had recently placed fifth in the triple jump at the Class MM meet (40-7.5) and was also fifth at SCCs (42-1).
Masotti finished 21st in the 3,200 by crossing the finish line with a time of 10:21.34 in the State Open. Masotti was coming off of a fourth-place finish in states (9:43.62).
Girls’ Outdoor Track
The Guilford girls’ outdoor track team’s 4x800 relay posted a sixth-place finish in the State Open Championship and then took fifth place with a school-record performance at the New England Championship last week. The Grizzlies were also represented by their 4x800 relay quartet at the State Open meet.
Guilford’s 4x800 relay of senior Julia Antony, sophomore Clara Gahm, senior Olivia Skapczynski, and freshman Riley Hickey took sixth place by recording a time of 9:31.82 at the State Open at Willow Brook Park on June 6. The relay scored 3 points that put Guilford in 52nd place for the team standings in the meet.
Five days later, the Grizzlies’ 4x800 relay was back at Willow Brook Park to take part in the New England championship. Guilford’s 4x8 claimed fifth place at New Englands by finishing with a time of 9:29.96, breaking the school record of 9:29.92 that had stood since 2008. Antony led off the race and recorded a split of 2:18. Antony was followed by Gahm (2:25), Skapczynski (2:24), and Hickey (2:20) in the school-record effort.
Guilford also saw its 4x400 relay hit the track to take part in the State Open festivities. Guilford’s 4x4 unit of freshman Daniella Selig, Antony, freshman Ella Heckler, and Hickey finished in 13th place with a mark of 4:09.81. They had previously finished first at both sectionals (4:10.04) and SCCs (4:07.19) to go with a fourth-place showing at states (4:11.37).