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Nipmuc Duo Flies through All-State and New England Meets

Kevin Hack shows his winning high jump form. The Nipmuc junior captured the all-state championship and took second place in the New England Regional Meet. He will now compete in the national meet in New York City on March 14. Contributed photo


Nipmuc track & field duo Kevin Hack and Kurt Robakiewicz dominated competition throughout the course of the dual meet season and in the league and divisional state meets. Continuing their ability to fly through the air, the Warriors' duo stood out at the All-State meet and the New England Regional Meet.
Hack captured the all-state championship in the high jump and went on to finish second in New England. Robakiewicz placed fourth in the long jump at the state level before a sixth place finish in the region.
"All in all, if you look at their seasons, they have been incredible," head coach Richard Auger said. "Kevin has been one of the elite jumpers in the region for a long time and Kurt always has a good attitude and did exceptionally well even though the triple jump is his best event."
Hack cleared 6'8" to win the all-state meet and leapt 6'7" in the New England meet. The junior cleared 6'3" and 6'5" en route to his second-place finish. Robakiewicz entered the regional meet seeded ninth, but jumped 21'1" to finish in the top eight and move onto the final round. After three more jumps, the senior had exceeded his seed by three spots and finished sixth to earn a spot on the medal stand.
"Kurt is very knowledgeable and going into the meet I thought he had a good chance to finish higher than where he was seeded," Auger said.
The two athletes enabled Nipmuc to have a winter of firsts. Hack's 6'8" leap and Robakiewicz's 21'4.5" jump in the All-State meet both set program records. The two marks also resulted in 15 points and a 10th place finish for Nipmuc, the highest point totals and placement for the team in history. 2014-2015 also marked the first time the school sent two athletes to the regional track meet.
Hack's season will continue on March 14 at the national meet in New York City. "I am going to be working with him twice a week for the next two weeks," Auger said. "We are staying positive and hopefully he has a good performance in New York."
Auger said he hopes the standards and notoriety set by these two exceptional athletes helps increase participation in the sport. "It has been difficult to get kids to come out for indoor track," he said. "But we have had a lot of success. We have yet to have a team win at the state level but to have two athletes do this well at states and New England's is a huge step for us."
After Hack competes at the national level, both he and Robakiewicz will turn their attention to the spring season. For the latter athlete, that means a return to the triple jump, an event in which he captured the New England championship last year.
"They are both great athletes and I could not ask for more from two kids," Auger said. "They work hard, and they help their peers. With these two, I don't have to worry about anything."




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