Published April 28, 2016
DULUTH—Notre Dame Academy high school students Kelsey Benoit and Austin Wilwayco placed in their respective events as the school participated in its first Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association East Region Track Meet at Briarwood Academy, Warrenton, April 14.
Benoit was the region champion in the 400-meter run and she finished third in the high jump. Wilwayco finished second in the 1600-meter run and third in the 800-meter run. Both athletes competed in the 2016 GICAA state track and field meet April 22-23 at Lamar County High School in Barnesville with six other qualifying teammates.
In the state meet Benoit placed first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:05.67. The girls 4×400 meter relay team of Benoit, Emily Mlakar, Faith Mtabo, Luisa Smolynsky and alternate Olivia Sanders failed to make the finals.
Ethan Gardner finished eighth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.74.
Giovanni Rossi finished ninth in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 50.10.
Wilwayco finished seventh in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:32.19.
The boys 400-meter relay team of Wilwayco, Gardner, Rossi, Jack Armstrong and alternate Jack Fabian finished eighth with a time of 4:05.53.
The Notre Dame Academy track and field team is coached by Ken Oxendine.
Editor’s Note: Kelsey Benoit became the first state champion in Notre Dame Academy history by finishing first in the 400-meter dash.