District decathlon wraps up fine Sutton High career for

SUTTON — Sutton High has been blessed with an abundance of standout student-athletes over time, but those whose events include javelin, shotput, discus, triple jump, long jump, high jump, 100 meters, 110-meter hurdles, 400 meters and 1500 meters? And for good measure, toss in starting shooting guard on the varsity basketball team and a leader on the Sammies’ cross country squad.

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The distinction goes to 2022 SHS graduate Willem Edwards, whose track accomplishments were part of this year’s District E decathlon competition held last month. Edwards placed eighth in individual events while the team (consisting of Edwards, Kelvin Paulino-Acosta and Griffin Melia) recorded a stellar fourth-place finish.

“I was happy with my results,” said Edwards. “I got a few PRs (personal record). There were some events I didn’t do as well as I’d like to, but I finished top 10 and I can’t complain about that.

“I trained distance for most of the season. It really wasn’t until the end of the year that I started working on my throwing because that’s what I was worse at. I did a lot of work with my coaches and the throwers on my team for shotput and discus.”

Edwards has immersed himself in his chosen sports from an early age. He’s managed to harness his emotions for his many events and credits his success to coaching, training and chasing friends who were better than he was. Some he caught up with and some not so much, he pointed out.