By Alice Roche Cody
On May 14, GSB hosted the 2021 Silver Spike Invitational, the private Middle School Track & Field championships, with our boys’ team finishing second overall and our girls’ squad coming in third. The day proved extra special, as the competition capped a return to Middle School sports previously canceled by COVID-19.
“It was great to host such a wonderful event in these times,” said Middle School Track & Field Coach Shelly LaBarre. “We had fantastic results, both individually and collectively as a team. We had many of our athletes placing fourth and just missing medals. Everyone played a significant role in the success of our team this year, and we are so proud of everyone.”
Congratulations to our medal winners:
- Brady Domsic ‘25 - 1st HJ, 1st Discus, 2nd LJ, 3rd 100m.
- Katie Lutz ’25 - 1st SP, 1st Discus, 2nd LJ, 3rd HJ
- Erin Crickenberger ‘26 - 1st HJ
- Oliver Litchfield ’26 - 2nd 400m., 2nd HJ, 3rd relay
- Michael Simonelli ’25 - 2nd Discus, 2nd SP
- Nick Rocca ’25 - 2nd 1600m, 3rd relay
- Chris Kolb ’25 - 3rd HJ
- Jackson Murray ’26 - 3rd relay
- Danny Vasquez ’25 - 3rd relay
At the invitational, competitors included Pingry, Stuart, Kent Place, Oratory, Wardlaw, and Montclair Kimberley. Visiting coaches were grateful to GSB for hosting the event. “The coaches were grateful to GSB for hosting the event,” said Coach LaBarre. “Everyone enjoyed themselves, and the athletes were very happy. We performed well, considering many of our athletes never competed in Track & Field before.”
Athletic Director Will Taylor said the event was most welcome for our middle schoolers. “The day was great – it was so good to see our kids out there competing and doing well after going so long with no Middle School sports,” he said.
For Coach LaBarre and Coach Williams, the Silver Spike Invitational culminated the end of a season that meant even more to Middle School athletes and coaches this year. “It was the first season we were able to have after missing a full year of athletics,” said Coach LaBarre. “Thank you to our athletes for their dedication and perseverance. We are so proud of the effort put into practices and meets all season. We enjoyed spending our afternoons teaching a sport we love, and we hope everyone enjoyed your experiences as well. Keep up the great work, Knights!”