Westfield’s Ultimate team leapt to fifth place in the national league with a victory over one of the top three teams in the U.S.A.
The town’s Ultimate Frisbee team traveled to Massachusetts to play in the Amherst Invitational and beat the home team, currently number three in the country, to take first place.
Westfield beat teams from Chicago and Minnesota to win the tournament for the first time and move up to fifth place in the US as their opponents in the final, Amherst, moved down to sixth place.
Coach Ryan Belline, a math teacher at Edison Intermediate School, said, “Today will go down in history as one of the best days in our program. We won the prestigious Amherst Invite and took down a supposed giant in Amherst. The players played out of their minds in that final in front of hundreds of people.”
The team dedicated their win to one of their top players, Cole Feltman, who broke his arm in the final and had to undergo surgery the following day.
Ultimate Frisbee is a relatively new sport that was invented in nearby Maplewood in the 1960s when Westfield had a team for a short time. The current team was founded 10 years ago by Belline and Marc Biunno, the current Principal of McKinley Elementary School.
Westfield is the current state champion and will defend its title at The College of New Jersey this weekend.
The 2017 squad consists of 52 players from high school, 78 from middle school and 12 from elementary school, both boys and girls.
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