The best track and field athletes from across New England descended upon Boston last Saturday to compete in the 32nd edition of the New England Interscholastic Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center.
Out of the 13 events contested, Connecticut girls won eight and the boys six along with a combined 56 medals brought back to the Nutmeg State. Of the many stories and performances from the meet the following are a few noticed by MySportsResults.
A Step Up by NCCC Athletes
First, the NCCC stepped-up as a conference at the New England meet. The conference consiste of mostly Class S and M schools from the north-central and northeast corner of the state and sometimes their athletes get overlooked during the Open, New England and national meets. The NCCC was proudly represented by the Suffield boys who not only won the 4x800m relay but set the meet record and came within a second of Ridgefield’s state record of 7:48.90. Cam Miller, Jared Sharp, Kyle Englander and Nick Sinofsky have been running together since middle school and combined to run 7:49.96. Their time is fourth fastest time in the country this winter with a solid chance to earn All-American status at New Balance Nationals Indoor this coming weekend.
Canton’s Peter Fuller picked the right time to set his personal record. The junior had consistently cleared 6-feet in the high jump this winter and had a best of 6’6” from the NCCC Invitational in the middle of January. After that great meet, he had only managed to clear 6’2” the next four meets and took 4th at the Open to qualify for New Englands. When Fuller cleared 6’7” on Saturday he clinched second place and his cheering section went wild knowing the only other person to clear the height was the top seed Chet Ellis who went on to win at 6’9”.
Peter Fuller of Canton finished 2nd in Boys High Jump (Photo by Ron Knapp, MySportsResults.com)
Ellington Boys ’s 4x400m relay team was a surprise third place at the State Open when they knocked off five seconds from their time at the Class M meet and they broke their school record with a time of 3:33.81. The team of Daniel Broding, Jack Olender, Nicholas Sivo and Preston Aldrich improved another two seconds at New Englands and ran faster than their outdoor school records finishing with a 3:26.41 good for 7th overall. While they just missed All New England by .01 seconds, nothing can take away from their incredible improvement over the past three weeks.
Ellington Boys 4x400m relay team that finished 7th in a school record time (Photo by Ron Knapp, MySportsResults.com)
The Purple Knights also set another school record. Sydney Schultz ran her last race in an Ellington jersey and took 7th in the 1000m breaking her own school record and going under 3:00 min for the first time finishing in 2:59.18. The senior is an integral part of Ellington’s lacrosse team and will not be running track in the spring.
SouthWest Conference Athletes Break Records
On the other half of the state, the State Open runners up in cross country, Immaculate won the 4x800m relay team and set the SWC all-time record with a 9:19.52. The team of Kayla Ondy, Ailene Doherty, Molly Coyle and Taylor Mascetta broke New Milford’s five-year old record by .22 seconds. The Mustangs are looking to run the 4x1mile at NBNI and if they are able to run this weekend as well as last Saturday then they might just break another conference record and possibly bring home some medals.
Senior Conor Mahony of Masuk missed out on a 6th place medal by only .009 in the Boys 55m dash finals but he can take some consolation in the fact that he broke the 11-year old SWC record of 6.58 set by Thaddeus Bennett of Notre Dame-Fairfield.
Another Rivalry Continues
For those of you who have been long time fans of Connecticut track, you will remember the great rivalries of Sheeran- Burke, O’Loughlin- Fraser, and Marriot- Loxsom. Well you can add Malcolm Going- Miller Anderson to that list of great runners who pushed each other to record breaking performances. A few Last weekends ago, they both broke the New England record in the 800m run at the BU Last Chance qualifier running 1:50.85 and 1:51.54. The two runners went back to their regular indoor events on Saturday with Going winning the 600m run in 1:20.49 and Anderson taking the 1000m run in 2:30.12. Everyone is looking forward to when they match up again next Sunday in the final fast heat of the NBIN 800m Championship race.
Throwers Continue to Impress
The Shot Put has been a hot event this winter with more Connecticut throwers tossing further than they have been in several years. The improvement was evident at the New England championships with four state girls taking the top six spots and three boys in the top six places. Juniors Natalie Rolon-Iss of Bacon Academy and Trinity Cardillo of Southington both set personal records reaching 43’8.5” and 41’9.5” to take 2nd and 4th. Bloomfield’s Alliyah Boothe broke 40-feet for the third time this year with her 41’1.25” and State Open champion, Susie Okoli of Wilbur Cross, rounded out the top six with a 39’8.5” throw.
The boys shot put competition featured two boys who broke the New England meet record. Aiden Felty of Innovation Academy, MA, the national leader in the event threw 66’1.25” and Jason Montano of Thornton, ME reached a personal record of 63’2.5” to become only the fourth pair of athletes to break the 60-foot barrier in the same meet. Michael Browning of RHAM High School was hoping to break 60-feet for the first time but only managed to break 59-feet for the third straight week, good for 3rd place overall. Seniors Aaron Williams of Bloomfield (54’9.25”), Nathan Quaye of Manchester (54’1.75”) and Natanael Barbosa of Windham (53’5.75”) all set personal records and took 5th, 6th and 7th place. In all, nine boys and eight girls from Connecticut have qualified for New Balance Nationals Indoor this season.
Stapleton Puts it All Together for Double Gold
Nobody had a better day in setting personal records and winning gold medals than Tess Stapleton of Fairfield Ludlowe as she won the 55m Hurdles and Long Jump. After taking a hard fall last year in the 100m Hurdles at the State Open Outdoor meet, Stapleton was leery about running the 55m hurdles indoor again this year. But as the season progressed, her confidence increased to the point where she defended her title at the State Open. The sophomore arrived at the New England meet as the favorite with the fastest time in region of 8.25 and was undefeated in the event this season. She took third at the New England meet last winter and returned this year to earn her first New England title in a time of 8.19 (8.18 in trials.) The time has qualified her for the NBNI championship section and is currently ranked 31st in the country according to Athletic.net track and field web site.
Tess Stapleton sped to a New England 55m hurdle title (photo by Ron Knapp, MySportsResults.com)
But the Long Jump was more an up and down event for Stapleton this year as she went back and forth earning gold and silver medals in the post season meets by very close margins each time. On her second jump in the finals last Saturday, the sophomore stretched out to what she thought was a good jump and then anxiously awaited the official measurement. When it was announced as a 19’1.5” jump, she showed the excitement of an athlete who reached her season long goal of clearing a foot farther than last year. Her jump moved her to 21st in the national rankings with an opportunity to compete in NBNI in two events.
The following is a list of all the Connecticut athletes who finished in the top six to earn All New England honors.
Boys All-New England Honors
· Malcolm Going, Danbury, 600m run
· Miller Anderson, Hall, 1000m run
· Trey Cormier, Hall, 2-mile run
· Bloomfield (Jaylon Nealy, Shakur Hill, Sean Dixon-Bode, Malcolm Beckford), 4x200m relay
· Suffield (Cam Miller, Jared Sharp, Kyle Englander, Nick Sinofsky), 4x800m relay
· Chet Ellis, Staples, high jump
· Edward Williams, Sacred Heart- Waterbury, 55m hurdles
· Greenwich, (Lance Large, Christopher Wint, Hunter Clark, Zane Robinson-Nye), 4x200m relay
· Peter Fuller, Canton, high jump
· Robbie Cozean, Xavier, 2-mile run
· Hall, (Joseph Morin, Isaiah Lizardi, Muhammad Ali, Miller Anderson), 4x400m relay
· Xavier, (Ryan Grochowski, Pierre Sylvain, Peter Schulten, William Curran), 4x800m relay
· Michael Browning, RHAM, shot put
· Christopher Pigatt, Hamden, 55m dash
· Deshaune Poole, Hillhouse, 300m dash
· Rhys Hammond, Stonington, 1000m run
· Travis Martin, Wilbur Cross, 1-mile run
· Sean Dixon-Bode, Bloomfield, long jump
· Kymali Hay, Bloomfield, 55m dash
· Marzio Mastroianni, Branford, 1000m run
· Eli Nahom, New Milford, 2-mile run
· Neal Eley, Hillhouse, long jump
· Aaron Williams, Bloomfield, shot put
· Samuel Whittaker, East Lyme, 1-mile run
· Glastonbury, 4x800m relay
· Nathan Quaye, Manchester, shot put
Girls All-New England Honors
· Terry Miller, Bloomfield, 55m and 300m dashes
· Tess Stapleton, Fairfield Ludlowe, 55HH and long jump
· Grace Hanratty, Old Saybrook, 1000m run
· Windsor (Cori Richardson, Zarieh Coleman, Jalah Cooper, Cyana Lindsay), 4x200m relay
· Bloomfield (Terry Miller, Jillian Mars, Jahlia Banton, Shante Brown), 4x400m relay
· Immaculate (Kayla Ondy, Ailene Doherty, Molly Coyle, Taylor Mascetta), 4x800m relay
· Cassandra Carleson, Plainfield, 1000m run
· Mari Noble, Greenwich, 2-mile run
· Glastonbury, (Molly Harding, Maya Bridgeford, Grace Sparrow, Samantha Forrest) 4x400m relay
· Natalie Rolon-Issa, Bacon Academy, shot put
· Andraya Yearwood, Cromwell, 55m dash
· Jillian Mars, Bloomfield, 600m run
· Glastonbury, (Selina Soule, Harding, Maya Bridgeford, Samantha Forrest) 4x200m relay
· Tianna St. Louis, Tolland, high jump
· Grace Sparrow, Glastonbury, 1000m run
· Trinity Cardillo, Southington, shot put
· Kate Hedlund, Manchester, 1000m run
· RHAM, (Katie Kingsley, Madison Czarnecki, Morgan Czarnecki, Bridget Lalonde), 4x200m relay
· Plainfield, (Emily Moran, Isabella Newbury, Cassandra Carleson, Kate Carleson), 4x400m relay
· Ridgefield, (Tess Pisanelli, Rory McGrath, Gabriella Viggiano, Grace Michalowski) 4x800m relay
· Alliyah Boothe, Bloomfield, shot put
· Kate Shaffer, Conard, 55m dash
· Kathryn Rodrigues, Wolcott, 1-mile run
· Daniella Grullon-Pena, Danbury, 2-mile run
· Kayla Clark, St. Joseph, 55m hurdles
· Weston, (Nicole Sztachelski, Lauren Bigelow, Julia Rosenberg, Ava Zielinski), 4x400m relay
· Selina Soule, Glastonbury, long jump
· Susie Okoli, Wilbur Cross, shot put
The complete meet results are available for the 32nd New England Interscholastic Indoor Track & Field Championships on the Results page sponsored by soundRUNNER Scholastic with stores in Branford, Fairfield, Glastonbury and Old Saybrook. The meet was held at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center in Boston MA on Saturday March 2, 2019.
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