Class of 1982
Trey Lavalette is the best short-distance runner in Green Wave track & field history. His sprinting prowess proved a cornerstone of his team’s successes as he sets standards of 10.7 in the 100 meters, 22.5 in the 200 and 49.1 in the 400 that still were NMHS records at the time of his induction.
Trey lettered three seasons in football. He highlighted his gridiron career by contributing 70- and 88-yard touchdown receptions and two long kickoff returns to a 33-27 victory over Immaculate, one of the Green Wave’s two wins in his senior season.
On the track, whether indoor or outdoor, Trey reigned as the best in the Western Connecticut Conference and had few peers in the state at distances from 55 meters to 500. His powerful stride and competitive fearlessness combined to make him virtually unbeatable in his realm.
Perhaps his most memorable performance was the 1980 WCC meet when, as a sophomore, Trey won the 100, 200 and 400 meters and anchored the Green Wave’s 4 x 100 to victory, all amidst 85-degree weather.
He capped his career as a senior by contributing multiple-event wins throughout the season, much as he had done in previous campaigns, and this time was rewarded as the unbeaten Green Wave claimed the 1982 WCC team championship.
During a key victory over Bethel, Trey won the 100 and 400 meters, grabbed second in the 200 and anchored the Green Wave’s victorious 4 x 400 relay in spite of a muscle pull. In leading a clinching triumph over Brookfield, he won the 100 and 200 meters and anchored both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays to wins.
In all, Trey raced to a remarkable nine outdoor WCC gold medals and collected six more indoor titles. In state competition, he captured six state class titles and a state open championship.