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Outdoor Track and Field Records Updated for 2016 CIAC Championships and Outdoor Season

Created at 6/24/2016 5:02 PM  by Ron Knapp 
Last modified at 6/24/2016 5:02 PM  by Ron Knapp 

The updated CIAC Class and Open records as well as State records from the 2016 Outdoor Track and Field Season are now available on the Outdoor Track and Field Records page sponsored by soundRUNNER of Branford, Fairfield, Glastonbury and Old Saybrook.

In a brief recap of CIAC Records set in the State Open, Class LL, L, MM, M and S meets this past season:

In the CIAC State Open Meet:

·        Bridget Chiaravalle of Danbury tied the existing meet record in the Girls 100m Hurdles when she finished in 14.16 in the preliminary round. The record was established in 1999 by Keshia Haughton of Hillhouse.

·        The Glastonbury Girls 4x800m Relay quartet of Morocca Wiley, Kristin Hughes, Allison McArdle and Olivia Allen won the race in a time of 9:10.65 to eclipse the time of 9:11.71 set in 2014 by Tolland.

·        A new meet record was set in the Boys 1600m Run as senior Eric van der Els of Brien McMahon won in a time of 4:08.42 to lower the former time of 4:11.97 set by Willie Ahearn of Danbury in 2008.

In the Class L Meet:

·        The first meet record came in the Girls 4x100m Relay as the Windsor team of Camille McHenry, Sashana Hinds, Erika Hightower and Jiana Baker combined for victory in 47.88 that eclipsed the 47.96 set by a Windsor team in 2010.

·        Jiana Baker of Windsor set the second meet record in the Girls 100m Dash finals as she sped to the winning time of 11.76 to lower the former mark of 11.80 set by Shanea Calhoun of Wilbur Cross in 2004.

·        Defending champion Gabrielle Curtis of Wilbur Cross scored two individual titles as she sped to victories in the meet record times in both hurdle events. Curtis won the Girls 100m Hurdles in a meet record time of 14.23 to edge runner-up Vickie Milledge of Simsbury in 14.45 as both time were under the former mark of 14.51 set by Tamara Highsmith of East Haven in 2004. Later in the meet, Curtis lowered her 300m Hurdles meet record of 44.16 from last year as she won in 43.34 while Milledge was second in 46.18.

In the Class LL Meet:

·        A new meet record in the Boys Pole Vault was set by Marc Deluca of Westhill in clearing 14’8” to further the previous mark of 14’7” set by Paul Chandler of Staples in 2009.

In the Class S Meet:

·        The Bloomfield Girls 4x100m Relay quartet of Zaidra James, Cassidy Palmer, Andrea Mills and Erica Belvit combined for the victory in a meet record time of 47.07 that broke the 47.84 mark set by Bloomfield in 2012.

·        Zaida James of Bloomfield raced to victory in the Girls 300m Hurdles in a time of 45.01 to establish a new meet standard that eclipsed the former record of 45.55 set by Kadiejah Stewart of Bloomfield in 2014.

·        Adia Cavalier of Bloomfield scored winning points in the Girls Triple Jump with a leap of 37’10.75” to extend the former mark of 37’5” set in 2002 by Chantal Davis of Hyde Leadership.

·        Senior Jessica Drop of Coginchaug blazed to double wins in meet record times in the Girls 1600m Run and the Girls 3200m Run. In defending her 1600m Run title, Drop sped to a winning time of 4:52.10 that refreshed the former mark of 4:54.28 set by Sarah Gillespie of NW Catholic in 2011. Drop’s 3200m Run record time of 10:33.44 smashed the previous mark of 11:01.82 set last year by Jenna Gasparrini of Immaculate. Also under the old mark was sibling Samantha Drop who placed second in a time 10 11:00.25.

·        The Bloomfield Boys 4x100m Relay team of Zaheem Anderson, Thomas Norman, Maurice Savage and Russell Thompson-Bishop combined for the win in a time 41.74 that lowered the former record time of 42.25 set by Hyde Leadership in 2005.

·        Zaheem Anderson of Bloomfield won the Boys Long Jump with a leap of 23’9.25” to eclipse the previous mark of 23’0” set by Tylon Burris of Ellington in 1996.

In a brief recap of State Records set this past season:

·        The highlight of the competition by state athletes on Friday, April 29 at the 2016 Penn Relays at Franklin Field, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia PA was the 1-2 finish in the High School Boys’ 3000m Championship by Eric van der Els of Brien McMahon and Gabriel Altopp of Ridgefield. Continuing his string of stellar performances from the indoor season, Eric van der Els raced to a first place time of 8:20.11 while Gabriel Altopp placed a close second in 8:21.74. The time by van der Els bettered the existing Connecticut Outdoor State Record of 8:20.14 set by Alex Ostberg of Darien in 2014 at the Penn Relays.

·        Eric van der Els of Brien McMahon-Norwalk bettered the 2-mile Run Outdoor State Record with his sixth place performance of 8:53.49 at the sixth Brooks PR Invitational Meet on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Renton Memorial Stadium in Renton, WA. The previous record time of 8:56.35 was set by Donn Cabral of Glastonbury at the 2008 Danbury Dream Invite in Danbury CT. Eric’s resume this year includes Outdoor bests of 4:05.30 for 1-mile, 8:20.11 for 3000m and 8:50.53 for 3200m. His Indoor best time this year in the 2-mile was 9:08.67.

·        On Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor Championship, the Windsor quartet of Tim Epps, Kyshawn Bonner, Michael Mahon and Tyler Coyle earned gold medals in the 4x200 Meter Relay Championship with a time of 1:27.03 that bettered the existing Connecticut State Outdoor Record of 1:27.41 set by Windsor at the meet last year.

After extensive research of many years of meet results by Marty Ogden and verification, the following events have been added to State Records Boys and Girls:

·        The Boys 1000m Sprint Medley Swedish Relay (100, 200, 300 400) record is 1:55.50 by the quartet of Sherrod Peay, Tikuan Johnson, Brian Sappleton and Kahlin Bolden of Windsor set at the 2013 New Balance Nationals Outdoor Championship.

·        The Girls 1000m Sprint Medley Swedish Relay (100, 200, 300 400) record is 2:14.94 as the Windsor team of Tia Marie Brown, Briana Wilson, Jiana Baker and Sashana Hinds competed at the 2015 New Balance Nationals Outdoor Championship.

·        The Girls 800m Sprint Medley Relay (100,100,200,400) record is 1:42.96 set by the team of Kenya Warner, Erika Hightower, Jiana Baker and Sashana Hinds of Windsor at the 2016 New Balance Nationals Outdoor Championship.

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How to Submit a Performance for a Record or Update Existing Record Info

1. Submit your athlete's performance for consideration as a new record or a change to existing record by emailing the performance details including officially published results of a completed meet, meet director contact information (email-telephone#), meet date, event, mark, athlete's name and high school to: or

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For CT State Record Consideration in Track and Field:

1. The track and field performance by athlete(s) affiliated with a CIAC school must have been made in a completed meet held during the season (all meets prior to and including State Open): (a.) Run in accordance with CIAC and/or National Federation rules; (b.) Involving five or more schools; (c.) In an event limited to high school contestants who are representing their respective high schools or

2. The track and field performance by athlete(s) affiliated with a CIAC school must have been made in post-season competition in a completed meet either (a) after the Indoor State Open and before the official start of the Outdoor season or (b) after the Outdoor State Open and prior to August 31st in a recognized event in an official, scheduled meet where athlete(s) are: (i) of a high school affiliation or (ii) on a USATF team of same high school affiliation or (iii) as a single competitor in a USATF, AAU sanctioned age group event. (Extended season meets include but are not limited to: New England Championships, Indoor Nationals, National Scholastic Indoor Championships, Golden West, Outdoor Nationals, USATF Junior Nationals, USATF Youth Games, AAU Juniors, and various State Games, including Nutmeg, Bay, Empire State, etc)

3. All performances must occur on a track of regulation size for the season or a field event facility compliant with state and/or national rules and field event with certified equipment. Throwing events require that implements were measured and verified as legal for competition according to state and/or national rules.
Performances on oversized tracks are not considered for records.
Outdoor track performances in the triple jump, long jump or in any race that is not run around the complete oval of the track requires a reliable wind instrument recording as part of the results to determine that the athlete did not receive assistance from the wind exceeding state/national limits (no tailwind exceeding 4.474 miles per hour (or 2 meters per second).

4. Upon verification that the record was set according to above stipulations as well as by the Meet Director and public, official published meet results, the record will be listed as a State Record.