The 2019 CIAC Class M Indoor Track and Field Championship meet starting today at 10:00am at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven features Boys and Girls teams in Class M 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 M Boys Preview
There are 15 events in the CIAC championships and Hillhouse is coming in with the top seeds in eight of them. Neal Eley has a chance at least three gold medals as he leads the fields in the long jump, high jump and 55m dash. Deshaune Poole is the defending State Open champion in the 55m hurdles and arrives as favorite in that event. He also had the fastest time in Connecticut in the 300m this winter, so you know he has the potential to take home two individual wins. Junior Talib McBride is another top seed and will look for his first individual state championship.
It could be a special day for Hillhouse coaches Gary and Michelle Moore as their children, Gary Jr. and Leah, are both seeded second in the shot put and will have a chance to bring both gold medals home to the Moore household after the meet.
Stonington is holding their cards close to their chest. They are led by Rhys Hammond who ran a 1:53.96 to take 6th last spring at the Outdoor State Open and currently has the 2nd best time this season in Connecticut for the 1000m with his 2:31.85 from the Dartmouth Invitational. He is currently entered in the 600m, 1000m and 1600m which is an almost impossible triple. Also, if the Bears hope to score high in the relays, he should be in at least one of them. Greyson Delgrosso is the top seed in the shot put and they also have the services of Joseph Hinckley, the defending Class M pole vault champion who is also ranked highly in the 300m dash. If Hammond can be involved in about 26 points, DelGrosso takes 10 and Hinckley another 10 between his two individual events then they will still need a few more points from the other relays to win but they will certainly be in the mix.
Weston boys always seem to be in contention at the class meet as they have earned three championship and six runner-up trophies the past 14 years. Pole vault is a strong event for them with six qualifiers entered and two ranked in the top six. If any of the other boys outside of the top six rise to the challenge, or if any of the favorites falter, then this could be a big event for them. They do have one top seed in Samuel Chicha as the senior has cleared 6’2 in the high jump entering the meet tied with Eley of Hillhouse. The strength of Weston has always been their relays and this year they have a shot at scoring in all four. Unlike Stonington who will look for knock-out blows in only a few events, Weston will hope to score thirds, fourths and fifths in several events.
The pole vault should be especially competitive with Foran’s Nicholas Costantini and Aidan O'Connor of Lewis Mills both having cleared 14 feet, which is tied for the 3rd best in the state this season. Behind them you have four of the six top 10 vaulters in Connecticut Hinckley, Weston’s Vaughn Campos and Matt Bigelow and SWC champion David Murphy of New Fairfield.
Class M Girls Preview
SCC and SWC champions Hillhouse and Weston should battle for the girl’s team title in the first meet today. Hillhouse is expecting big points from Jada Boyd who is the top seed in the 600m and 300m events. Add in Ayesha Nelson who is ranked number one in the 55m dash and number two in the 55m hurdles as well as Nyimah Ambrose who is favored in the long jump and highly seeded in the 55m, and you have a huge number of points. But then Hillhouse could potentially score highly in all four relays and that that makes them hard to beat.
But if anyone can beat them, it may be Weston. While Hillhouse comes in as the top seed in several events, the Trojans are right behind them and close enough that they could move up few places and put Hillhouse down a place or two. In the 4x200m and 4x400m relays Weston is seeded #2 behind the Academics and is the top seed in the 4x800m. Ava Zielinski is the number two seed in the 1000m and 1600m runs and Julia Rosenberg is ranked second and third in the 600m and 1000m. Veteran Hanna Green should score highly in the high jump along with multiple scorers in the pole vault led by favorite Elise Russell. Put them all together and you have the makings of a solid team that will fight for one of the top two trophies.
Junior Kathryn Rodrigues of Wolcott is favored to win the 1600m and 3200m and her personal bests of 5:05 and 11:02 aren’t that far off the meet records.
The high jump should be a real battle with Patricia Mroczkowski of Berlin and Tianna St. Louis of Tolland both having cleared 5’6” this winter which would tie the Class M record. Mroczkowski won the State Open with an indoor PR of 5’7” last year and an outdoor best of 5’8” so that will make her a slight favorite.
Action outside the track in the Shot Put circle should be exciting. Natalie Rolon-Issa of Bacon Academy has made huge improvements since last year when she finished 8th in Class M. At the ECC championships last weekend, she threw 42-1 to take over the state lead from defending Class M champion sophomore Leah Moore of Hillhouse. Ledyard’s Lacey-Ann Parker’s Class M record of 40-4.5 set in 2003 might be in danger.
One big question mark is defending Class M and State Open 3200m champion Elizabeth Stockman of Rocky Hill. She dominated the state last winter running a 10:31 to take second in the New England two-mile but has run very few races this year.
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 M Details.
View the current Class M Boys and Girls Meet Records available on the MySportsResults.com Indoor Records page or CT-Records-Indoor-Boys-M and CT-Records-Indoor-Girls-M 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 M 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.)