East Lyme Boys and Girls Continue Reign at ECC Indoor T&F Championship Division 1 Meet
Since 2015 the East Lyme Boys and Girls teams have reigned as the best of the ECC Indoor T&F Championship Division 1 Meet and it was no different on Saturday at Roland Hall, USCG Academy in New London. The East Lyme squads secured their fifth consecutive team titles in their duel with runner-up Norwich Free Academy in the 7-team meet.
The East Lyme Boys relied heavily on a pair of distance athletes as Sam Whittaker and Christopher Abbey combined to score 54 of the 141.33 points to help outscore NFA with 123.33 points. Whittaker and Abbey placed 1-2 in the 1000m, 1600m and 3200m runs with additional places by teammates Fred Rukindo (4th-1000m), Fisher Macklin (6th-1600m) and Luke Anthony (4th-3200m).
East Lyme also secured first place efforts in the 14400m Sprint Medley relay (3:25.17) and the 4x400m relay (3:41.96) on the 180m track oval in Roland Hall.
The Boys Pole Vault featured a 14’2” winning effort by Jacob Bazinet of NFA that set a personal record as well as a CT#2 for this season.
The East Lyme Girls team 146 to 142 margin of victory over NFA was decided in the final track event as the East Lyme won the 4x400m relay while NFA placed third. A sweep relay victories in the 4x180, 4x720m and 1440 SMR also helped propel East Lyme to the team title as well as wins by Gilliam Goodwin in the 1600m run (5:42.11) and Saige Deveau in the 55m dash final (7.48).
NFA challenged for the team title with three wins from Kayla Park in the 300m, 1000m and 3200m runs. Field events figured into their hunt for the title that featured two meet records. Senior Allyson Lewis cleared 5’8” in the High Jump for the meet record as well as an indoor PR and CT#1 ranking. Junior Paige Martin claimed her meet record in the Pole Vault as she cleared 11’3” to eclipse the former mark of 11’2.25 set by Allie Sullivan of NFA in 2011.
Stonington Boys and Montville Girls Secure Titles at ECC Indoor T&F Championship Division 2 Meet
On Saturday afternoon, the Stonington Boys and Montville Girls team title victories in the ECC Indoor T&F Championship Division 2 Meet could be tagged as ‘thirds’. For the Stonington Boys team, their third consecutive title showed that they were class of the meet as they easily outdistanced runner-up Ledyard by a 136 to 80-point margin. The Montville Girls team finally overcame a string of third place finishes to win the title by close 116 to 106-point margin over defending champion Stonington.
The Stonington Boys team title was fueled by victories from two golds by junior Rhys Hammond in the 1000m and 1600m runs as well as wins by Joey Hinckley (300m and Pole Vault) and Chase Flynn (600m). The Stonington relay squads also featured in the title as they dominated each event with victories.
The Montville Girls team climb to the team title relied heavily on a pair of seniors as Lauren Ross won the 55m hurdles, the Long Jump and High Jump while Mady Whittaker was a double gold medalist in the 1000m and 3200m runs. The Montville relay teams also scored big points with second places in the 4x720m, 1440 SMR and 4x400m events.
Rankings and personal records noted above are based on performance lists compiled at Athletic.net.
The complete meet results are available for the ECC Indoor T&F Championship Division 1 and Division 2 Meets on the Results page sponsored by soundRUNNER Scholastic with stores in Branford, Fairfield, Glastonbury and Old Saybrook. The meet was held at the Roland Hall, USCG Academy in New London CT on Saturday February 2, 2019.
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