Chris Caputo - KHS TRACK

Chris Caputo sprints down the home stretch in the 400 meters at the New England Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Saco, Maine, on Saturday. (ELLEN CAPUTO PHOTO)

CONWAY — Chris Caputo wrote the final chapter in the spring sports season for Kennett High School on Saturday when he laced up his running shoes for the final time as an Eagle and competed in 400 meters in the New England Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine.

Caputo, captain of the KHS boys’ track team, was 21st out of a talented field of 32 competitors in time of 51.57.

Caputo and Coach Bernie Livingston set a goal of breaking 50 seconds on Saturday.

“He was two-tenths of a second off his time from the week before which is really negligible,” Livingston said. “It’s hard to do the (Meet of Champions, which brings together top athletes in the Granite State from divisions I, II and III), where you put your heart and soul into and then try to come back the next week and perform even better. The Plymouth boy (Remy Beaujouan) who beat Chris the week before was a full second slower this time (ran 50.92 to finish 17th).”

Running in the second of four heats, Caputo got off to a strong start.

“He went out a little harder in the first 200 to see if he could hold that pace,” Livingston said. “He wasn’t able to but he still ran a great race.”

The event was won by senior Ja’kwan Hale from Derby High School in Derby, Conn., in 27.90.

Caputo, who plans to attend Virginia Tech in the fall, qualified for the New Englands three times in his career. He qualified in the long jump as a junior and again in the long jump his senior year for the indoor championships.

“Chris has had just an outstanding career,” Livingston said. “He went out as a winner on Saturday. Winners don’t have to come in first to be a winner. Chris Caputo is a winner.”

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