Shelton High boys indoor track and field coach Jason Kymer had his team purge away one disappointing performance \u2014 and the Gaels en masse responded with a stellar postseason. At the East Sectionals, the 4x200 relay team had a poor exchange, the baton was dropped, and the Gaels were disqualified. Kymer knew he needed something to restore the team\u2019s spirits. The next day during their lifting session, Kymer paraded all the athletes outside into the parking lot. He brought two things with him \u2014 the dropped baton and a sledge hammer. All of the relay members and coaches took turns smashing the baton flat against the pavement, each delivering a rousing speech between swings of the sledge. When asked about the ceremony, Kymer quoted philosopher George Santayana: \u00a0\u201cThose who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.\u201d Camerin Gumbs, Matt Bean, Sean Sirisouk and Nicholas Andrade qualified for the State Open championship in the 4x200 with a fourth-place finish in Class LL at 1:35.32. \u201cOur 4x400 relay team won the East Sectionals title, with the help of mid-distance runners Joshua Sacoto and Zachary Muller,\u201d Kymer said. \u201cBean and Gumbs paired up with Muller and Sacoto to run a 3:37.98, good for a first place.\u201d The win in the 4x400 was telling, but Shelton had the Sectional title crown wrested away by Lyman Hall. Hillhouse was second and Shelton took third. \u201cHigh jumper Jack Bocchino leaped 5-06, good for sixth place, and long jumpers David Samedi and Jack Carr took third and fourth place with jumps of 20-03 and 19-08.75,\u201d Kymer said. \u201cClosing out the regular season, Erik Lorent placed second at the Yale Classic with a 6.50 and first at the Coaches Invitational with a 6.55 in the 55-meter dash. Losing him before East Sectionals was difficult, but our other sprinters stepped up. \u201cBean galvanized the group with a highly-contested fourth in the 300 (36.62). \u201cIn the 55 meter, Andrade dashed his season best to steal a third place at Easts with a 6.75. \u201cSophomore Michael Rodia also improved his season-best times at Easts, and then more so by the LL meet, with a 6.89.\u201d The 4x400 relay would also improve their season best with a 3:36.89 at LLs, a time they\u2019d further improve on at the Open with a 3:34.51. Shelton has begun training for the outdoor season, where a year ago the Gaels were SCC Housatonic Division and East Sectional champs.