It’s always special when a boys and girls team is able to win conference titles in the same year. It’s even better when you do it on your home track. That’s exactly what Hillhouse did on Friday night during the Southern Connecticut Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship at the Floyd Little Athletic Center on Hillhouse’s campus.
The Academics did it by simply dominating the sprints. Ayesha Nelson swept the 55m dash and 55m hurdles with times of 7.33 and 8.64 respectively. On the boy’s side Deshaune Poole, the defending State Open champion in the 55m hurdles, took the event in a meet record time of 7.64. He then came back to defend his SCC title in the 300m dash finishing in 35.45.
Jada Boyd won her first SCC titles by taking the 600m run in 1:39.48 and setting her personal record of 41.55 in the 300m.
Boyd teamed up with De' Janay Davis, Enyla Williams and Nyimah Ambrose for her 3rd gold medal in the 4x400m relay in 4:06.35 while the boys team of Talib McBride, Dale Thompson, Reginald Coleman and Poole closed out the night with a Hillhouse sweep of the relay finishing in 3:30.35.
Senior Neal Eley, son of Wilbur Cross All New England sprinter and jumper of the same name had a night to remember by setting three personal records. First, he tied his PR in the 55m dash, winning in 6.56. He set another all-time personal best performance in the long jump soaring to 22’1.5” to take a second gold medal. Finally, he cleared 6’2” for the first time to take the silver in the high jump behind the winning height of 6’4” by Shaun Graham of Amity.
Ambrose joined Eley sweeping both gold medals in the long jump for Hillhouse by leaping 18’0.75”. It was only her third time over 17-feet in her career and the first time breaking the 18-foot barrier.
Hillhouse ladies also showed they can get it done in the middle-distance events by taking the 4x800m relay as the team of Davis, Enlya Williams, Jada Brown, and Kiera Payne combined to run 10:08.13.
Altogether, 11 gold medals were won by Hillhouse athletes out of a possible 30 in the boys and girls meet.
In the Girls Championship meet, Hillhouse outscored Shelton by a margin of 115 to 51 points followed by Sheehan with 49 points and Wilbur Cross with 44 points.
The Boys Championship meet title race was a little closer with Hillhouse scoring 78 points with Wilbur Cross only 18 points behind with 60 points. Xavier and Daniel Hand took 3rd and 4th scoring 49 and 45 points.
Cross kept it close by relying on its distance runners. Their coach, Travis Gale, who was an All-State distance runner for Ellington in high school, has built a solid core of runners who have followed their coach’s success in his former specialty. They started off the night winning the 4x800m in 8:27.01 with the team of Eamon Hill, Nassaiah Betancourt, Noah Lee and Masahito Nishimura.
The next distance event on the track was the 1000m run which was won by Mahammed Hussain in 2:38.30 with All State cross country runners Peter Schulten of Xavier and Shelton’s Robert Dillon taking 2nd and 3rd places.
Then senior Travis Miller attempted what Coach Gale called “the dirty double.” Miller used his superior closing speed to win the 1600m run in an indoor PR of 4:21.35 which is currently the 2nd fastest time in Connecticut this season. Next, he came back to run a 9:28.82 in the 3200m run which was 21-seconds better than his previous best. He finished 2nd in the event to Amity’s All New England cross country runner Connor Visnic who ran 9:23.71, which was also ran his fastest time. The two athletes currently hold the top two times in Connecticut for the 3200m event.
Nicholas Constantini of Foran vaulted two feet farther than he did last year at SCCs when his took 2nd in the pole vault. His winning 14-foot clearance on his second attempt moved him into a tie for the state’s third best vault this year and makes him one of the favorites for the State Open title.
Rankings and personal records noted above are based on performance lists compiled at Athletic.net.
The complete meet results are available for the Southern Connecticut Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship on the Results page sponsored by soundRUNNER Scholastic with stores in Branford, Fairfield, Glastonbury and Old Saybrook. The meet was held at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven CT on Friday February 1, 2019.
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