The 2019 CIAC Class LL Indoor Track and Field Championship meet starting today at 4:30pm at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven features Boys and Girls teams in Class LL 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 LL Boys Preview
After a 62-year drought, Hall High School had won the last two Class L indoor championships. This year Hall has been denied a chance to defend their title because they have moved up to Class LL where perennial champion Danbury has won the past five LL titles. But that might not stop the Warriors from winning another state title.
Hall is led by defending State Open 1000m champion Miller Anderson who is highly nationally ranked in the 1000m, mile and two mile distances this season. He is entered in the 1000m, 1600m and 3200m. He is supported by Trey Cormier who was New England champion in cross country this fall. Cormier has been held back by a stress reaction in his foot, but he still has an incredible amount of talent and ran quite respectable times of 4:30 and 9:40 for the 1600m and 3200m distances as well as winning the CCC championships in those events. While the two All-Americans are bound to score a lot of points between them, the Warriors will have to rely on their depth to put them over the top. They are seeded highly in all four relays with Muhammad Ali seeded 4th in the 600m and Israel Henriques-Setho seeded 4th in the long jump.
But don’t count out Danbury just yet. They always manage to step up when it counts, and they have several highly ranked athletes. Their highest profile athlete is defending State Open and New England champion Malcolm Going. Last year, he anchored his sprint medley team to win New Balance Indoor Nationals and this year he already has run a 1:20.77 which is currently ranked 4th in the US according to Athletic.net. He comes in seeded number one in the 600m and 1600m races and number two in the 1000m. He finished the 1000m and 1600m double at FCIACs so that is always a possibility. Backing Going will be four strong relays that Danbury always seem to beef up come championship time, senior Malik Thomas in the 55m and 300m sprints and FCIAC 1600m champion Jacob Hefele who has run a 4:25 mile this winter.
This is one meet that won’t come down to just two teams. SCC runner up Wilbur Cross has Travis Miller one of the fastest distance runners in the state who pulled off a 4:21 and 9:28 1600m/3200m double at the SCC conference meet. They also have the top ranked sprint medley team and enough mid distance runners that could come together and score highly in the relays.
CCC champion Glastonbury cannot be overlooked. While, they lack a star that can bring in big points all at once, they can possibly have multiple scorers in the shot put and pole vault and have the top seed time in the 4x400m relay. They are also seeded 2nd and 3rd in the 4x800m and 1600m Sprint Medley relays.
Norwich Free Academy won’t score much on the track but will take a lot of points in the pole vault, high jump, shot put and long jump. Jacob Bazinet has cleared 14’2” for Connecticut’s best pole vault this season and Jahiem Spruill is entered with a best of 22’1.5” in the long jump. The Wild Cats also boast two top shot putters in Cameron Belton and Adelino Daviega who have thrown 51’10” and 49’1.50”.
Brien McMahon won’t score in many areas, but where they do, they will score big. They have one of the best all-around jumpers in the nation with Justin Forde who is the top seed in the long and high jumps. They also have Korey Morton, the fastest 55m dash runner in the state this season and is highly seeded in the high jump.
Class LL Girls Preview
Six times in the past decade, both Glastonbury and Danbury have battled each other for either the first or second place trophies in the Class LL championships. This year may be more of the same as each team has the fire power to contend for another state championship. Glastonbury covers most events very well.
Sophomore Samantha Forrest and freshman Molly Harding of Glastonbury arrive with the top two seeds in the 300m which could give them big points. Harding should also score high in the 600m. In the distance events, Grace Sparrow has the 3rd fastest 1000m time in the state this season with a 3:00.05 and Angela Braga won the CCC 3200m and should place in that event.
The Tomahawks should also score solid points in the field events. Mallory Malz won the CCC pole vault with a personal record of 10’7” and is the 2nd seed in the Class LL meet. Selina Soule comes into the meet as the top seed in the long jump with an indoor best of 17’9.75”. But she will need a huge performance to even score as no fewer than seven other girls have soared to over 17-feet in this highly competitive field.
But it is in the relays where Glastonbury should really shine. They are the top seed in the 4x200m and 4x400m and should also score big point in the 4x800m and 1600m sprint medley. They could score over 30 points in those four events.
Danbury will also feature strong relays and are seeded 2nd in the 4x200m, 4x400m, 4x800m and come in with the fastest time in the sprint medley relay. Depending how both teams use their personal, the relays should determine who comes away with the team title. The Lady Hatters won their first cross country State Open title this fall and will be looking to the distance events for big points. Lauren Moore, who recently committed to the Naval Academy like her two All State brothers before her, is the defending State Open champion in the 1600m. She had an injury earlier this season, but it didn’t seem to affect her when she defended her FCIAC championship in the event last week. Moore is backed-stopped in the 1600m by Daniella Grullon-Pena and Stephanie Queiroz who come into the meet with the 4th and 5th best times. The trio could also come back in the 3200m to take more points. Senior Cassandra Sturdevant, who has signed with Sacred Heart University, won the FCIAC 1000m title and should score highly in the event.
Glastonbury’s Soule may be the top seed in the long jump but Meilee Kry won the FCIAC meet with an indoor best of 17’9.25”, which is only a half inch behind. Freshman Giuliana Robles is also one of the eight girls who have broken the 17-foot mark this season.
Another name not to be overlooked in the long jump is defending champion Tess Stapleton of Fairfield Ludlowe. The sophomore barely lost to Kry for the FCIAC title by a quarter of an inch and has a lifetime best of 18’8.5 from last outdoor season. Stapleton is extremely versatile and has the state’s fastest time in the 55HH and is seeded 3rd in the high jump.
Norwich Free Academy’s Allyson Lewis is the defending Class LL and State Open champion in the high jump. She cleared an indoor PR of 5’8” last week at the ECC Championship and could break her own Class meet record. Also, add her name to the list of potential long jump champions with a best of 17’4.25”.
Lewis’s teammate Paige Martin is the top vaulter in Connecticut this winter with a best of 11’8” which is higher than Megan Biscoglio’s meet record of 11’7” set last year. Martin’s sister Madison is also ranked highly with a best of 10’6” in the vault to give them probably the best twin sister combination in state history.
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 LL Details.
View the current Class LL Boys and Girls Meet Records available on the MySportsResults.com Indoor Records page or CT-Records-Indoor-Boys-LL and CT-Records-Indoor-Girls-LL 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 LL 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.)