The 2019 CIAC Class L Indoor Track and Field Championship meet starting today at 4:00pm at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven features Boys and Girls teams in Class L from across the state competing for overall championship honors as well as a spot at the State Open meet next week. The meet also provides the opportunity for athletes to better their own performances that serve as qualifying marks for upcoming national meets.
Class L Boys
Xavier High School could add another state plaque to their trophy case after winning the Class LL and State Open titles this fall in cross country. They are ranked highly in all the distance events which could give them enough points for the win. But they also qualified for the prestigious Milrose Games at the Armory in New York City on Saturday night. The team of William Curran, Ryan Grochowski, Peter Schulten and Pierre Sylvain will run the 4x800m at the prestigious meet. Since most of their points will come from the athletes who will be running Milrose, it will be interesting to see if they double and triple athletes to get the points needed to contend for the title.
The Falcons are seeded first in the 4x800m, Pierre Sylvain is the top seed in the 600m and William Curran is ranked number one in the 1000m and number two in the 1600m. Peter Schulten comes in with the second- best time in the 1000m and fourth in the 3200m. Finally, Robbie Curran is ranked high in both the 1600m and 3200m distances. If the Falcons are let loose, they could take home their first indoor state championship since 1999.
Ameer Parks is Daniel Hand’s only top seed in an individual event. Their top ranked 4x400m and 1600m sprint medley relay may will put them in the hunt for the title. But those events won’t win it for them. Their strength is that they are projected to score in highly in six other events. You might not even notice them because by scoring so many thirds, fourth and fifths, they might just creep up into the winner’s circle if Xavier doesn’t come into the meet with a 100 percent effort.
Its’s been ten years since Amity boys last won a title, but with Connor Visnic, Richard Papa and Shaun Graham, all potential state champions in the 3200m, 55HH and high jump respectively, they may score a lot of points. Add in the relays and expect the Spartans to be up near the front of the pack by the end of the meet.
Individually, RHAM Michael Browning is the defending Shot Put champion with a season best this year of 58’10”. While the Class L record of 63’3” was set by Mel Taylor of Hartford Public 50-years ago seems out of reach, the senior has surpassed that distance in practice. If he can only do it in one of his six throws we may see a historic accomplishment.
Class L Girls
Windsor, Wilbur Cross and Wilton will all be going for the “W” on Friday night. Windsor, the three-time defending champion will rely on their very strong sprint core to score their points. Cori Richardson is the top seed in both the 55m and 300m dashes. Right behind her in the 300m, there are three other potential scorers as well that could put them over the top in that one event. They also have strong relays and are ranked #1 in the 4x200m and 4x400m in those events as well.
Wilbur Cross is a much more balanced team and has the top seeds with Grace Aldophe in the 1000m, the sprint medley relay and Susie Okoli in the shot put. Okoli has thrown over the meet record distance of 39-0 feet several times in her career and has an indoor best of 40’4.25” from last year when she won the Class L meet.
Wilton was once a state powerhouse, winning seven straight class titles from 1990-1996 and they usually did it with middle distance runners and relays. While relays will still be big points for the Warriors, they should score highly in the sprints and pole vault this year. Shelby Dejana is the top seed in the 55m Hurdles and ranked high in the 55m dash. Claudia Nanez is one of the few people who could stop Windsor sweeping the top four places in the 300m dash and Anna Rava recently took second at the FCIAC meet in the Pole Vault with a PR of 9-0 feet which puts her as the number two seed.
Rankings and personal records noted above are based on performance lists compiled at Athletic.net.
View the latest Performance List of starting athletes at the CIAC Indoor Track & Field home page under the link for Class L Details.
View the current Class L Boys and Girls Meet Records available on the MySportsResults.com Indoor Records page or CT-Records-Indoor-Boys-L and CT-Records-Indoor-Girls-L sponsored by soundRUNNER Scholastic with stores in Branford, Fairfield, Glastonbury and Old Saybrook.
Northeast Sports Timing Service is providing finish line and results services for the 2019 CIAC Class S Indoor Track and Field Championship meet.
CIAC State Meet Information
Order of Events for the (Boys then Girls unless noted otherwise):
· 4x200m Relay
· 4x800m Relay
· 55m Hurdles - Trials
· 55m Dash - Trials
· 1000m Run
· 600m Run
· 55m Hurdles - Finals - (Girls then Boys)
· 55m Dash - Finals - (Girls then Boys)
· 1600m Run
· 1600m Sprint Medley Relay (1-1-2-4 laps) - 3turn stagger
· 300m Dash
· 3200m Run
· 4x400m Relay
Pole vault, shot put, long jump and high jump start concurrently with running events. The order is as follows:
· High Jump (Girls then boys) Five alive protocol
· Long Jump (Boys then girls)
· Shot Put (Boys then girls)
· Pole Vault (Girls then boys) Five alive protocol
Scoring – 10-8-6-4-2-1 in all events, including the relay. In case of a tie, points will be awarded according to the National Federation High School Rules.
CIAC Ticket Prices – Subject to change depending on venue
· Free – Children – five (5) and under Free – Military in uniform or with I.D.
· $5.00 – Students (grades 1-12) and Senior Citizens (age 65 and older)
· $10.00 – Adults (all others not in the above categories)
Note: Competitors and coaches must enter on the Crescent Street side of the field house. All others must go through the spectator entrance (white doors). TEAMS CAN ENTER THE FIELD HOUSE NO EARLIER THAN ONE (1) HOUR BEFORE THE START TIME OF THE MEET.
No electronic devices, including cell phones, are permitted in restricted areas by competitors during the meet. Restricted areas are pole vault, high jump and long jump coaching boxes, all field event areas, the track and timing area.
Spikes: 3/16” or 1/8” Pyramid spikes are allowed on the track surface. NO NEEDLE SPIKES! This rule will be strictly enforced due to the resurfaced track.
ELIGIBILITY TO COMPETE AT THE STATE OPEN – Is determined by the order of finish at the Class Championship Meets as follows: The top finisher in each event Plus – THE NEXT BEST 14 PERFORMANCES IN ALL EVENTS. (In the High Jump and Pole Vault misses will be used to determine places at a tied height.)