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Weekend Recap – Penn Relays, Ledyard Relays, 4th Greater Bristol Invite, Stafford Rotary Invite

Created at 4/28/2019 1:41 PM  by Ron Knapp 
Last modified at 4/28/2019 8:16 PM  by Ron Knapp 

MSR  The 2019 Outdoor track and field schedule has amplified as many athletes and teams were competing this past weekend in and out of state. At home, teams were involved in two relay-style meets, Ledyard Relays and 39th O’Grady Relays, while other teams opted for traditional style meets at the 4th Greater Bristol Invitational and the Stafford Rotary Invitational. Several athletes made the trip to Philadelphia for the iconic 125th Penn Relays.

125th Penn Relays – Franklin Field, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA

Since its inception in 1895, the Penn Relays has grown as a venue for providing elite competition for world, college and high school athletes. The 125th edition featured several top performances by state athletes that included:

·        Thursday – The High School Girls Mile Run Championship featured an 8th place by Mari Noble of Greenwich in a CT#1 time of 5:04.00 as the event was won by Victoria Starcher of Ripley WV in 4:38.19.

·        Thursday – The High School Girls' Shot Put Championship provided a big meet experience for state leader Leah Moore of Hillhouse as she placed 12th with a toss of 40’3” as Danielle Sloley of Immaculate Conception JAM won with a mark of 47’2”.

·        Friday – The High School Boys' Distance Medley Championship of America was highlighted by a 5th place finish in 10:17.20 (US #20) by the Hall team of Miller Anderson (3:10.20), Joseph Morin (51.89), Dylan Rendon (1:58.72), Trey Cormier (4:16.40) as the St. Anthony NY team won in 10:10.23.

·        Friday – The High School Boys' 3000m Championship saw Robbie Cozean of Xavier run to a close third place in his PR and #19 US time of 8:30.28 finish as Eldad Mulugeta of Northwood MD won in 8:29.05 followed by Shea Weilbaker of Saratoga Springs NY in 8:30.08. Connor Visnic of Amity placed 17th in 8:44.69 for his PR.

·        Saturday – The High School Boys' Triple Jump Championship was a showcase for Justin Forde of Brien McMahon as he leaped 51’9.75” for the victory over a talented field of American and Jamaican jumpers. Forde, the indoor national champion, now has the US#1 mark this season and is closing in on the Connecticut State Record of 51’10.5” set by Rayford Sutton of Hillhouse in 1994.

CT HS Athletes at 125th Penn Relays:

CT HS Athletes at Penn Relays

Complete results available at the 125th Penn Relays website: http://pennrelaysonline.com/Results/schedule.aspx

Ledyard Relays – Ledyard HS, Ledyard CT

Although the meet was condensed from 2-days to a single day due to poor weather on Friday, the Ledyard Relays Invitational featured excellent competition Saturday among the 18 teams attending the unique meet that combined several individual events with a relay format for field events. Some of the top performances included:

·        Girls High Jump Relay – The individual performance by Patricia Mroczkowski of Berlin netted her a CT#3 mark of 5’3”.

·        Girls 300m Hurdles – Isabella Newbury of Plainfield celebrated her win in 46.9 that moved her to a CT#3 ranking.

·        Girls 4x400m Relay – The Plainfield Girls team sped to a win in 4:11.7 that improved them to a CT#7 spot.

·        Boys 300m Hurdles – Personal records were set by the top three finishers as Greyson McGeary of Daniel Hand won in 41.1 (CT#6) followed by Michael Vincent of Waterford in 41.2 (CT#7) and Adam Crawford of Ledyard in 41.3 (CT#9).

The complete meet results are available for the Ledyard Relays Invitational on the Results page sponsored by soundRUNNER Scholastic with stores in Branford, Fairfield, Glastonbury and Old Saybrook. The meet was held at the Ledyard High School in Ledyard CT on Saturday April 27, 2019.

4th Greater Bristol Invitational, Bristol Central HS, Bristol CT

The fourth edition of the Greater Bristol Invitational was highlighted be several meet records as well as a few top CT performances that included:

·        Boys 100m Dash Preliminary and Final – Junior Jaylin McGhee of Manchester sped to a new meet record of 11.23 in the preliminary heat and nearly matched his time in the finals to win in 11.25. The former meet record time of 11.26 was set by Dathan Hickey of Bristol Central in the 2018 meet.

·        Boys High Jump – featured two athletes who tied the meet record of 6’0” held by Philip Quaye of Manchester as Yazeed Amadou of Manchester won over Hunter Peterson of Bristol Central.

·        Boys Pole Vault – A new meet record of 14’0” and CT#1 was set by Zach Koslosky of Naugatuck in his victory as he eclipsed the former mark of 12’00” set by Jack Sevigny of Glastonbury in 2017.

·        Boys Long Jump – Spencer Brown of Immaculate leaped a PR and CT32 22’3” to increase the meet record of 21’7.25” previously held by Isreal Adesina of Manchester.

·        Boys Shot Put – Winner Nathan Quaye of Manchester set a meet record and CT#7 mark of 50’7.25” that bettered the former mark of 46’3” set b Travis Jones of Wilbur Cross last year.

·        Edward Williams Jr. of Sacred Heart set his PR and a CT#1 time of 14:50 in the Boys 110m Hurdles for the victory.

·        Freshman Aidan Puffer of Manchester ran to his PR and a CIAC #1 time of 9:40.51 in the Boys 3200m run for the victory.

·        Taylor Mascetta of Immaculate won the Girls 800m run in her PR and CIAC #6 time of 2:21.70.

·        Angela Saidman of Immaculate raced to a winning time of 5:10.40 in the Girls 1600m run that moved her to a CT#2 ranking.

·        Kathryn Rodrigues of Wolcott lowered her personal record to 11:25.00 in winning the Girls 3200m run with a CT#4 time.

·        Sydni Spencer of Plainville recorded a win in the Girls 100m Hurdles in her PR and CT#3 time of 15.65.

The complete meet results are available for the 4th Greater Bristol Invite on the Results page sponsored by soundRUNNER Scholastic with stores in Branford, Fairfield, Glastonbury and Old Saybrook. The meet was held at the Bristol Central High School in Bristol CT on Saturday April 27, 2019.

26th Stafford Rotary Invitational, Stafford HS, Stafford Springs CT

The 26th Stafford Rotary Invitational hosted by Meet director Mark Dunn has had its share of weather, good and bad, but Joe Sinicrope of Suffield Timing Service had seen a first yesterday in all his coaching years since 1967 as pea-sized hail rained down for part of the meet. The weather didn’t seem to have an impact on athletes as several top performances were recorded at the meet that included:

·        Boys 4x800 Relay – featured an exciting 1-2 finishes by Suffield and Tolland as both teams were under the former meet record of 8:14.03 set by Tolland in 2017. The winning time of 7:57.46 by the Suffield team of Kyle Englander, Camden Miller, Jared Sharp and Nick Sinofsky moved them to the CT#1 as the Tolland team placed second in their season best and CT#2 time of 8:05.24 with the team of Stephen Sutton, Gavin Rublewski, Alec Sauter and Ethan Boivin.

·        Boys 300m Hurdles - Enrique Lopez Garcia of Windham sped to victory in a meet record and CT #2 time of 40.18 to lower the former time of 40.51 set by Tom Bradrick of Stafford in 2004. Garcia also won the 110m Hurdles earlier in the meet in his PR and CT#3 time of 14.98.

·        Boys Hammer - 12lb – The fact that it was an only Exhibition event didn’t dissuade winner Joseph Lanham of Coventry from setting a PR mark of 199’11” that moved him to the US#2 ranking.

·        Shane Henderson of Old Saybrook ran to victory in the Boys 1600m in a CT#3 time of 4:26.51.

·        The Boys 800m run featured 4 of the CT top ten performances this season as Stephen Sutton of Tolland won in 1:59.15 (CT#1) followed by Luke Hanratty of Old Saybrook in a PR and CT#2 time of 1:59.43, Jacob Ireland of East Hampton (2:00.65PR-CT#5) and Nick Sinofsky of Suffield (2:01.19 CT#7).

·        Preston Aldrich of Ellington was the Boys 400m Dash winner in his PR and CT#7 time of 51.12.

·        Kylie Raymond of Somers ran a season best and CT#7 time of 11:32.90 to win the Girls 3200m run.

·        Jessica Stratton of Old Saybrook won the Girls 800m in her season best and CT#8 time of 2:23.91.

·        Sophie Lupone of Suffield cleared 10’0” for the Girls Pole Vault victory that ties her season best and ties her for CT#2.

The complete meet results are available for the 26th Stafford Rotary Invitational on the Results page sponsored by soundRUNNER Scholastic with stores in Branford, Fairfield, Glastonbury and Old Saybrook. The meet was held at the Stafford High School in Stafford Springs CT on Saturday April 27, 2019.

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