New Years is typically a time to reflect on the previous year and look forward to the next one. Over the next few days, MySportsResults will look back on some of the outstanding performances in 2018 of Connecticut athletes in the Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track and Field and Cross-Country.
The 2017-2018 Indoor season culminated for many state athletes at the New Balance Nationals Indoor championship held at the New Balance Track and Field Center, The Armory in New York City. The three-day meet encompassed two national championship performances and several other All-American performances (top-six) by Connecticut athletes.
The first All-American performance featured Dyshon Vaughn of Career Magnet who was crowned national champion in the long jump with a new state record 24'5.50. On his final attempt, Vaugh broke Myles Bradley’s 13-year-old record 24'2.25. Vaughan earned a tie with Jeremiah Willis of Cicero NY but was awarded first place after the tie-breaker rule was used to compare their second-best jumps with Vaughn edging Willis for the victory by a 7.23m to 7.11m margin. Vaughn’s previous personal best had been his leap of 23’8.5” at the 2018 CIAC State Open meet.
The next All-American performance was the first place by the Danbury boys 1600m Sprint Medley Relay team who earned their 2nd national championship in school history when Malachi Lorick, Glenroy Ford, Sean-Michael Parkinson and Malcolm Going combined for the fastest time in the country last season and set a new state record of 3:28.36. The old record of 3:29.40 was set by Staples in 2012 at NBIN. Malcom Going was four seconds behind when he took the baton for the 800m leg as his 1:50.52 relay split helped earn their gold medals.
The Staples boys distance runners continued their outstanding season by taking 4th in the Boys 4x1mile Relay Championship event in 17:35.15. Ben Seiple led off with 4:28, junior Luke Lorenz ran a 4:31 followed by Christian Myers in 4:25 and anchored by New England 1-mile champion William Landowne who finished in 4:09. The Wreckers ran the 3rd fastest time in state history, less than seven seconds behind Danbury’s 2008 National championship team that ran 17:28.47.
Aisha Gay of Hamden had an outstanding indoor season with a State Open win in the 300m with a time of 39.56. Her performance was one of only a handful of times a Connecticut runner has broken 40 seconds in the event. Additionally, at the Eastern States on 2/20/2018, Gay took the win in the 200m Dash and tied the state record of 24.56 set by Stacey-Ann Smith of Bloomfield in 2006.
Cheshire Academy's Alexis Holmes took 3rd in the 200m with a time of 23.86 and 2nd in the 400m with a 53.67 at New Balance Nationals Indoor championship. She has followed other Connecticut standouts Danae Rivers and Cas Loxsom and is currently running for Penn State.
The 31st New England Interscholastic Indoor Track & Field Championship in early March featured event victories by Connecticut athletes in several events as many other state athletes attained All-New England honors by finishing in one of the top six places in the meet.
In the Girls 4x800m Relay, the Glastonbury quartet of Kaylen Hughes, Angela Braga, Grace Sparrow and Erin McGill combined to win in their season best time of 9:13.63 that led a 1-2-3-4 by state teams as Greenwich placed next in 9:19.62 followed by Immaculate (9:27.74) and Fairfield Ludlowe (9:30.43).
The William Hall Boys 4x800m relay team followed with their own victory in a season best time of 7:58.69 with the squad of Muhamad Ali (2:00.5), Cole Canarie (2:02.7), Dylan Rendon (1:59.4) and Miller Anderson (1:55.7). Xavier placed third in a season best time of 8:03.11.
Senior Emily Philippedes of Greenwich sped by the early leaders on the final lap of the Girls 1000m Run to take gold in 2:51.30 to improve on her runner-up finish last year. Philippides became one of the most accomplished middle-distance runners in Connecticut history. She had won six individual State Open titles in distances from 600m to 1000m and simply dominated Connecticut last year. She swept the 1000m in all of her championship races from FCIAC through the New England meet and capped off the winter season with a 7th place finish in the 800m at NBIN with a PR of 2:09.82. She becomes only the 2nd Connecticut athlete to break 2:10 for 800m indoors.
The Boys 600m Run featured a victory by junior Malcom Going of Danbury in a personal record time of 1:20.38. Marcus Manson of Windsor placed fourth in 1:20.92 to also obtain All-New England honors.
The Boys 1-Mile Run was highlighted by a 1-2 finish by senior William Landowne of Staples in a personal record 4:12.49 as senior Alexander Korczynski of Windham followed in his personal record 4:14.81.
The Boys Long Jump yielded another first place as senior Dyshon Vaughn of Career Magnet leaped 23’5” for his fifth meet over the 23-foot mark. George Stoughton of Wethersfield leaped 21’9” for fifth place to also gain All-New England honors.
Sophomore Elizabeth Stockman of Rocky Hill went from one of the better distance runners in Connecticut to the elite level last indoor season. She won all her 3200m races and all but one of her 1600m races. Her best race of the season was one she didn’t win. Finishing 2nd behind National 5k champion Jacqueline Gaughan of Exeter, NH, Stockman finished in the Girls 2-mile Run in 10:31.84 which was ranked 7th in the US. Her time was also the 2nd fastest time in CT history at two miles, behind Hannah Debalsi of Staples’s 10:12.95.
The meet record set in the Boys 2-Mile Run by Ryan Oosting of Arlington MA in 8:57.59 overshadowed the runner-up performance by Drew Thompson of Fairfield Prep who finished with a personal record 9:07.59 and Trey Cormier of Hall who placed sixth at 9:21.45 with his personal record.
The final track event provided another first place for Connecticut athletes as the Danbury 4x400m Relay team of Sean-Michael Parkinson, Glenroy Ford, Malachius Lorick and Malcom Going won heat 3 of 4 in 3:25.26 to outlast runner-up Newton North, winner of heat 4 in 3:25.27. Lyman Hall also earned All-New England honors with their sixth-place finish in 3:28.92.
Two FCIAC schools, the Danbury boys and the Greenwich girls, dominated the state with wins in their conference, Class LL and the State Open meets. Like great teams of the past, they were led by two super stars, Malcom Going of Danbury and Emily Philippides of Greenwich. But both teams had a supporting cast that was able to put them at the top of the Championship meets.
In the State Open Championship, Danbury took first or second in five events to score 44 points edge runner-up Hall of West Hartford with 37 points. Event victories included Going’s 600m Run title in a quick 1:20.40. Dan Nichols was a surprise runner-up in the 3200m Run behind Drew Thompson’s winning time of 9:12.66 while Nate Llanos came back from a back injury to take second place in the pole vault behind winner Nick Petruzelli of Notre-Dame West Haven who cleared 14’00”. The Hatters took second place in the 4x200m and won the 4x400m to claim their third straight State Open title and their thirteenth since 1998.
The Cardinals scored big points with Genevieve Dewinter’s win in the 600m Run in 1:35.93 and their winning 1600m Sprint Medley Relay in 4:18.18. Lia Zavattaro was runner up in the Pole Vault as she matched the 11’6” height of winner Tyra Finkeldey while their 4x800m and 4x400m relay teams took second place medals. The only meet record was set by the Glastonbury 4x800m relay team in 9:21.45. Greenwich totaled 56 points to outdistance the runner-up Danbury team with 32 points.
Stay tuned for our recap of the 2018 Connecticut Outdoor Track and Field season.