At the CIAC Class S Indoor T&F Championship Meet on Thursday, the Bloomfield Boys team rejoined their Girls team as champions as both teams swept through the competition at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.
After a two-year hiatus, the Bloomfield Boys team regained the top slot in the CIAC Boys Class S Indoor T&F Championship Meet for their sixth title overall by scoring 115 points to more than double-up runner-up Old Saybrook with 48 points and third place Northwest Catholic with 39 points.
The return by the Bloomfield Boys as best in Class S was fueled by their usual depth in the sprints and the field events with some relay thrown in for good measure. Competitors saw a sea of orange uniforms in the 55m dash won by Kymali Hay in a PR 6.52 as teammate Jaylon Nealy placed third. Although Ja’kwan Hale of Derby won 300m dash in 35.54, Hay and teammate Shakur Hill followed in 2nd and 3rd places.
The Bloomfield 4x200m relay team of Dante Montague, Sean Dixon-Bodie, Anthony Simpson and Hill combined for a first in 1:33.98 but had to wait until the end of meet until the Morgan team re-ran their race due to an interference call earlier in the meet. Minutes before that last 4x200, the Bloomfield 4x400m relay of Nealy, Hill, Jahmar Lindo and Hay sped to victory in 3:29.72 that used their final reserves of energy.
Earlier in the meet, the Bloomfield corps of long jumpers totaled 29 points in taking 1,2,3,4,6 with Dixon-Bode leading all competitors with a leap of 22’0.25”.
Their Shot Put entrants followed with 18 points of their own as Aaron Williams unleashed a PR toss of 53’11.75” to win his duel with runner-up Natanael Barbosa Torres of Windham with his PR toss of 53’8.50”.
Ja’kwan Hale of Derby earned another gold medal in defense of his High Jump title by clearing 6’6” with Chaddane Williams of Bloomfield as runner-up. The Boys Pole Vault was won by Hayden Rovelli of Coginchaug with a height of 14’0” that was just shy of his season best of 14’6”.
The Old Saybrook team gained their point from their wining performances in the 4x800m with the quartet of Luke Hanratty, Shon Ryan, Jacob Schneider and Cooper Luciani in a season best time of 8:22.90. Luciani and Hanratty returned later in the 600m run to take 1st and 3rd as Luciani finished in 1:26.95.
The Boys 1600m Run featured a victory by sophomore Victor Cazabel of Windham in 4:38.06 as he patiently waited until the final several hundred meters before making his move to overtake runner-up Eddie Nicholas of Nonnewaug and 3rd place Heath Olivieri of East Catholic. Nicholas returned later in the meet to win the 3200m run in 9:53.09 ahead of Chris Deforest of Terryville and 3rd place Cazabel.
Defending 55m Hurdle champion Edward Williams of Sacred Heart was successful again with his winning time of 7.51 over runner-up Lorenzo Garcia of NW Catholic.
The Northwest Catholic team finish featured winning performances in the 1000m run by Michael Stamm in 2:38.44 and the 1600m Sprint Medley relay squad of Brandon Drummond, Samuel Deveau, Justin Tavares and Stamm in 3:44.94.
10 x Bloomfield Girls = Class S Title
Although the Bloomfield Girls team was challenged by Old Saybrook and Immaculate, their depth in the sprints, relays and shot put enabled them to record their tenth consecutive CIAC Girls Class S Indoor T&F Championship Meet title. Their total of 97 points was enough to outlast the tests by runner-up Old Saybrook with 58.25 points and third place Immaculate with 42 points.
Their continued success in the Class S meet was powered by a 1-2, 4 finish in the 300m dash by Terry Miller (39.91), Jillian Mars (39.93) and Shante Brown (42.55). Miller also tied the meet record in the 55m dash with a time of 7.03 as Chelsea Mitchell of Canton placed 2nd in 7.27. Miller’s time equaled the mark set by Cassidy Palmer of Bloomfield in 2017. Mars had teamed earlier with Jadyn Gibson for a 1-2 finish in the 600m run, winning in 1:39.51.
In the only other sprint event, Patricia Jurkowski of Seymour sped to a personal best time of 8.86 in the 55m Hurdles to earn the win over runner-up Sophie Kisner of East Catholic in 9.11
Bloomfield also grabbed two relay victories as their 4x200m team of Jahmiha Lindo, Shante Brown, Elicia Colon and Jahlia Brown won in 1:48.93. Their 4x400m relay won in a meet record time of 4:04.73 with the team of Shante Brown, Miller, Jahlia Banton and Mars. Bloomfield had set the previous meet record of 4:05.20 in 2012.
Another meet record was reset as Alliyah Boothe of Bloomfield won the Shot Put with a toss of 43’11” that eclipsed the former mark of 43’0.5” set by Brittany Jones of Bloomfield in 2017. The PR toss by Boothe exceeded her former best of 40’11 and is the current CT#1 mark this season.
Two distance events were dominated by Immaculate starting with their win in the 4x800m relay in a season best and CT#1 time of 9:37.28 with the team of Kayla Ondy, Ailene Doherty, Molly Coyle and Taylor Mascetta. Later in the 1600m run, Mascetta, Coyle and Doherty ran a 1-2-3 sweep with Mascetta winning in 5:13.07.
The 3200m run was won by senior Emily Sienna of Hale Ray in a personal best and CT#1 11:09.85 as she used a last half surge to overwhelm runner-up Kylie Raymond of Somers and Katelyn Segretti of Immaculate.
The 1000m run was captured by Grace Hanratty of Old Saybrook in her PR time of 2:58.03.
The 1600m Sprint Medley relay was won by Cromwell in 4:20.13 with the efforts of Andraya Yearwood, Jordan Pare, Caitlin DellaRatta and Cara Jordan.
In one of the most impressive personal record performances, Cate Coppes of Old Saybrook won the Pole Vault with a height of 11’0” to surpass her recent best indoor mark of 9’6” and her outdoor mark of 10’0”.
In the jumping events, Chelsea Mitchell of Canton won the Long Jump with a leap of 17’8.5” while Olivia Lombardi of Oxford won the High Jump as she cleared 5’0”.
Bloomfield Boys and Girls Class S Champions (photo courtesy of Tammy Schondelmayer)
Rankings and personal records noted above are based on performance lists compiled at Athletic.net.
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