In track and field, when you are very good on one thing, you don’t have to be well rounded. Xavier boys and Windsor girls came away with CIAC Class L Indoor Track and Field Championship titles on Friday night at Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven by sticking to what they do best.
Xavier, the State Open cross-country champions took the long road to their first Class L championship since 1999. Will Curran and Peter Schulten took the top two places in the 1000m run and Robbie Curran battled State Open cross-country champion Eli Nahom in the 3200m run down to the wire, winning by about a second in 9:26.18, a new personal record.
The team of Christian Schaefer, James Dickman, Pierre Sylvain and Curran won the 1600m Sprint Medley Relay in 3:40.86. While ‘sprint’ is in the name of the event, Sylvain and Curran ran the two longest legs (400m and 800m) and were also integral members of their cross-country team.
But it was in their distance depth that allowed the Falcons to come out on top. Cozean, Schulten and freshman Eamon Burke went 3-4-5 in the 1600m run. Ryan Grochowski was the third Xavier scorer in the 1000m run taking 5th in 2:43.75 and Dillon Selfors pulled out a 5th place finish in the 3200m behind his teammate Cozean. Of course, any true distance team must score in the 4x800m and Selfors, Grochowski, George Luke and Sylvain combined to take the bronze medal running 8:19.00 behind the winning time of 8:16.87 by East Lyme.
The Falcon can still claim to be a track and field team. Junior Davon Colon took 4th in the shot put with a PR of 48-04.25 behind the huge winning toss of 59’0.75” by Michael Browning of RHAM to give them four points in the field events.
Xavier needed to use a lot of strategy to win the meet because Curran, Grochowski, Schulten and Sylvain are scheduled to run the prestigious Milrose Games high school boys 4x800m the very next day.
Xavier coach Chris Stonier said “we had to go after this, but each race was very strategical. Curran and Schulten just stayed in the pack the first 600m (in the 1000m) and only ran hard the last two laps.
Xavier and Amity have been longtime rivals for decades in the SCC and state meets. Both teams have always seemed to be in contention for one championship or another. It has been eight years since Amity has taken home a state plaque in indoor track, but Coach Gary Pope was able to lead the Spartans to break the drought and take their first state trophy under his tenure as Amity scored 43 points to Xavier’s 69 points. They had a balanced approach with wins coming from Shaun Graham in the high jump (6’2”), Richard Papa in the 55m hurdles (7.69) and the 4x200m team of Paul Johnson, Ariel Gordon, Joseph Dibenedetto and Papa finishing in 1:35.86. Add in Connor Visnic’s two bronze medals in the 1000m and 3200m runs and Amity was able to outdistance third place East Lyme by 2.5 points.
Windsor Girls Sprint Their Way to a Four-Peat
Windsor put all their eggs in one basket. Cori Richardson swept the 55m and 300m dashes and led a 1-2-3-4 sweep in the 300m dash to provide 38 of their 69 points in those two events. With this display of sprint dominance, of course the Warriors won the 4x200m. The team of Richardson, Cyana Lindsay, Zarieh Coleman and Jade Robinson ran 1:46.99 to hold off RHAM by a half a second. Third place finishes by Grace Strauch who ran 1:43.97 in the 600m, the 4x400m running 4:14.75 and the 1600m Sprint Medley relay finishing in 4:29.20 pulled in more points. They were able to pull ahead of Darien by a score of 69- 49 points to claim their fourth straight Class L title.
Darien’s only win of the night was in the 4x400m, the last event of the evening. But the Blue Wave snuck up on the competition by taking second in the 4x800m and Sprint Medley relays. Mairead Clas’ PR 5:14.36, good for 2nd in the 1600m and sophomore Chelsi Chevannes’ second place finish in the high jump and third place in the long jump gave them another 22 points.
Youth was on display in the 1600m run on Friday night. Freshman swept the top three spots in the 1600m as Claire Daniels of New Milford, Clas of Darien and Elizabeth Bigelow of E.O. Smith all set personal records to begin a rivalry that will hopefully continue for the next four years.
Shelby Dejana of Wilton finished “only” third in the 55m hurdles in the FCIAC meet last week. The sophomore came back to run 8.61 to win her first major championship title. The time was only .02 seconds faster than her previous best at FCIACs. But her performances give her the 3rd fastest time in Connecticut this season, with only her conference rivals Tess Stapleton of Ludlowe and Kayla Clark of St. Josephs with faster times.
Simsbury’s Elsa Martin pulled out a nearly two second personal record to win the 600m Run in 1:37.66 as she led wire to wire. This gives her the 3rd fastest time in the event this year and a contender for the State Open title next Saturday.
Rankings and personal records noted above are based on performance lists compiled at Athletic.net.
The complete meet results are available for the CIAC Class L Indoor Track and Field Championship on the Results page sponsored by soundRUNNER Scholastic with stores in Branford, Fairfield, Glastonbury and Old Saybrook. The meet was held at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven CT on Friday February 8, 2019.
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