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State Athletes Preparing for New England Championship and Indoor Nationals

Created at 2/22/2019 7:36 PM  by Marty Ogden 
Last modified at 2/23/2019 9:06 AM  by Ron Knapp 

msr  The indoor track season is continuing for many of Connecticut’s top athletes who are looking to make their mark at New Balance Indoor Nationals, March 8-10 at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York City.

On Tuesday, several in state athletes made their way down to the Armory to compete in the 85th Annual Eastern States Games. Xavier, the Class L champions had a great evening. Pete Schulten won the two-mile run with a time of 9:28.73 and Dillon Selfors finished 6th in 9:47.91. Both were season best times. Will Curran and Pierre Sylvain took 2nd and 6th in the 800m run in 1:56.3 and 1:56.86. Sandwiched between them was Branford’s Marzio Mastroianni who ran 1:56.38. The trio ran the top three times in the state so far this winter.

Danbury boys and girls improved on their season performances in several events. The girls Distance Medley Relay team of Daniella Grullon-Pena, Alex Chakar, Stephanie Queiroz and Lauren Moore ran a 12:15.77, to place third in the event. Their time was the 13th fastest time nationally this winter and qualified them for NBIN.

Danbury Distance Trio

Danbury distance trio of Daniella Grullon-Pena, Stephanie Queiroz and Lauren Moore @ 2019 CIAC Class LL Championship

State Open bronze medalist in the long jump, Meilee Kry set her personal record of 18’2” to take fifth and placed 10th in the triple jump with a leap of 34’10.75”. The Danbury boys’ team of Malik Thomas, Jaden Cazorla, Luka Santos and Shamar Carter ran their season best of 1:32.73 in the 4x200m relay which moves them up to the 3rd fastest team in the state.

Zoe Harris of Greenwich took over the state lead in the 800m run with her time of 2:15.35 and her teammate, State Open champion 3200m champion, Mari Noble, moved down to the 1-mile and finished 2nd in 5:01.88. Only Kate Wiser of Pomperaug has run faster this season.

Finishing right behind Noble in the 1-mile run was Ridgefield’s Tess Pisanelli who ran a PR of 5:05.88 to take 5th place and ran the 3rd fastest time in the state this season.

Trinity Cardillo of Southington improved two inches from her 4th place throw in the Open to reach a new best of 39’10.5” and took 4th at Eastern States.

Windsor girls, who dominated the Class L championships in the sprints made the trip down to the city worthwhile with the 16th best 4x200m relay in the country. The team of Cori Richardson, Cyana Lindsay, Jalah Cooper and Zarieh Coleman finished 4th in the finals where they ran 1:42.45. Cooper and Coleman teamed up with Taylor Allen and Grace Strauch to finish 3rd in the 4x400m with a time of 4:01.52.

The Windsor boys’ 4x200m relay team of Le-andre Gayle, Gabriel Bryan, Cordell Holliday and Nathan Burnett showed off their speed and ran a 1:31.31 in the trials where they qualified for the finals and took 5th with a 1:31.63.

Expecting Big Things in Boston this Sunday.

Several top Connecticut athletes will be traveling to Massachusetts to compete in the Boston University Last Chance Meet on Sunday as unattached athletes. Highlighting the group will be a matchup between State Open 600m champion Malcom Going of Danbury and 1000m champion Miller Anderson of Hall in the 800m. Anderson was State Open runner up in the 800m last spring with a best time of 1:52.93 and Going anchored Danbury’s sprint medley relay to a national championship last winter with a 1:50.52 split. The great Chris Fitzsimons of Hamden still holds the state indoor record with a time of 1:51.94 which should get a scare in this race.

 Going and Anderson

Malcom Going and Miller Anderson @ 2019 CIAC Class LL Championship

New England cross country champion Trey Cormier is rounding into shape after an early season injury. He pulled off a tough double at the State Open taking 2nd in the 1600m with a time of 4:21 and came back to take 6th in the 3200m running 9:28. He will be entering the 3000m fresh where he will be looking to get under the NBIN qualifying time of 8:38.

Two members of Suffield’s State Open champion 4x800m team will compete as well. Nick Sinofsky is entered in the 800m and Kyle Englander will be running in the 3000m.

Class S 3200m champion Eddie Nicholas of Nonnewaug will move up to the 5000m and will be joined by Class LL 3200m champion Jacob Hefele of Danbury.

Ridgefield’s Simon Jupp, the State Open runner up in the 600m will run the 400m and hope to break the 50 second mark and earn a spot at NBIN.

Connecticut high schoolers will also get to see some world class runners at the meet. Two- time Olympic medalist Nick Willis of New Zealand and the University of Michigan will run the seeded section of the mile. In the other heats, last year’s 1600m Open champion from Windham, Alexander Korczynski, now running for Northeastern University will compete along with Hartford Public coach Phil Mitchell who was a state champion for Glastonbury and is now running for the Heartbeat Track Club out of Hartford.

Headlining the elite 5000m race is multiple NCAA champion Edward Cheserek, formerly of Oregon and now competing professionally for Sketchers.

Click to view the Boston University Last Chance Meet Performance List in Adobe PDF format.


Rankings and personal records noted above are based on performance lists compiled at

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