Bristol Press Athletes of the Week are Bristol Central's Jake Aldi and Abby Calfe

Published on Monday, 1 April 2019 21:11


Bristol Central sophomores Abby Calfe and Jake Aldi are our final Athlete of the Week picks for the high school winter sports season.

Calfe, a member of the school’s indoor track team, is the daughter of Elizabeth and Orlando Calfe; and Aldi, who wrestled for the Rams at 113 pounds, is the son of Bert and Michelle Aldi.

Calfe, a jumper for coach Kara Bonilla-Jusino, finished seventh overall in the state Class L meet with a leap of 14 feet, 11.25 inches.

“Abby made her mark quickly last year as a points contributor for the girls track and field team,” Bonilla-Jusino said.

“She found a lot of success in the long jump and triple jump especially. She qualified for the [outdoor track] State Open as a freshman in the triple jump by placing third at the Class L with a jump of 33-9.

“Qualifying for the State Open is a huge feat for any track and field athlete. She is extremely determined and is always challenging herself to be the best she can be.

“I am looking forward to see what she will do this season for herself and the team.”

Calfe talked about the 2019 Class L indoor meet, which was held at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven on Feb. 8.

“I was nervous going in, but I was also excited,” Calfe said. “I figured it was my last meet, so I was going to give it my all. Right before the meet, I really prepared for it. I was looking to get a higher [personal record]. I didn’t think I’d make the finals, my best [event] is the triple jump.”

Calfe only took up the sport in her freshman year.

“I did cross country my three years of middle school,” Calfe said. “I always wanted to do track, but they didn’t have it. They only had cross country at Chippens Hill [Middle School]. “Our [Bristol Central] coach, Bonilla, made me ‘Rookie of the Year’ and gave me a plaque [as a freshman]. That made me so happy.”

Also making track life special is the fact that she competes with her twin sister, Gabby, in the same events. They are close both on and off the track.

“It makes it harder. We’re always fighting to beat each other,” Calfe said. “It makes me want to be a better athlete.”

In outdoor track and field, she will be competing in the two jumps, with the triple jump being her top choice. Her goal for the next couple of months is to qualify for the State Open in the jump.

“That is the key event for the spring,” Calfe said. “My best is 33-9 and I hope to break 34-0. I want to break the school record [before she graduates], which belongs to Amanda Martin. She coaches us sometimes now.”

That school record is a jump of 38-4.75.

The Calfe twins are among the school’s all-time best in the event, with Abby ranked eighth and Gabby ninth overall career-wise with leaps of 33-9 and 32-9.25, respectively.

They are also ranked 11th and 14th overall in the long jump, having gone 15-5 and 14-8.25, in that order.

It should make for great competition this season and the next two years between the competitive sisters.

One claim to fame for Adli is that he was the most successful of the Bristol Central wrestlers at the Class L state meet, finishing second in the 113-pound class.

“I felt pretty good going in,” Aldi said. “I knew I’d have a tough finals match. I expected to do better, but I was facing the No. 2 guy in New England [Middletown’s Elijah Cyr]. I peaked at the right moment, so I had a good tournament.”

His success didn’t continue at the State Open, but qualifying is an honor in itself.

“It was my first time there,” Aldi said. “I was content. I faced some quality kids and went 1-2. Next year, I want to place at the Open and, hopefully, win the Class L’s.”

Aldi began the sport at the Bristol Boys & Girls Club in its Gladiators program.

“I was six or seven at the time,” Aldi said.

“I liked it right away. My dad wrestled and it was my idea to do it. He wrestled here at Bristol Central.”

And what is it that he likes about the sport?

“The competition,” Aldi said. “It’s knowing that what you put into it is what you’ll get back. I like the one-on-one, you control your own destiny. I think the thrill of winning a match is bigger than other sports.”

Aldi wants to wrestle in college, but before doing so has high school goals.

“To win the Class L’s, place in the State Open and New Englands, and become an All-American,” Aldi said of those targets.

Contact Bob Montgomery at or by calling 860-973-1808.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Athletes of the Week, Bristol Central on Monday, 1 April 2019 21:11. Updated: Monday, 1 April 2019 21:14.