It was a cold and windy day at Bethel High when 55 teams from throughout the state came together to compete in the 39th Annual Dan O’Grady Relays. Even in these less than ideal conditions several meet records and top ranked performances were achieved.
The Weston girls started off the day with a performance that will get a great deal of notice around the state and New England. First year track athletes Shea Greene and Kate Joyce, who play basketball for the Trojans in the winter, unleashed the 1st and 2nd best Javelin throws in New England in their first major competition. Freshman Greene threw 121-7 and junior Joyce threw 121-3. With the help of Kathrine Tunney, who threw 74-0 they broke Shelton’s three-year old Javelin Relay meet record by just over ten feet with their combined distance of 316-10.
The Bloomfield boys’ team of Aaron Williams (51-11) and brothers Nicholas (51-7) and Michael Campbell (46-9) went 1-2-3 in the shot put to break Bloomfield’s seven- year old meet record by nearly three feet with a total distance of 150-3. While the War Hawks throwing corps could celebrate their outstanding record in the shot, they just missed their own meet record by 9 feet in the discus relay when they fouled one of their big throws. With less than ideal conditions, Nick Campbell and Aaron Williams still managed the two best throws of the day reaching 142-2 and 133-3 with fellow senior Erris Samuels taking 6th with a 115-11.
The 3x3000m was an event in the early years of the O’Grady Relays program but was cast away in favor of the ever-popular 2000m steeplechase relay when Danbury High put in a water jump in 2003. The conditions of Danbury’s 17- year old track had degraded so much that the meet was forced to move this year to Bethel’s outstanding facilities which unfortunately do not include a water jump. So, the old-new event gave athletes a shot at another record. Darien girls, led by Class L indoor 1600m runner-up Mariread Clas, led the Blue Wave to their only win of the day. Daphne Cutler and Julianne Teirter combined with her to run 34:04.42, only a second better than Pomperaug, who was led by New England cross country champion Kate Wiser, who ran a state-leading time of 10:22.91.
Staples boys have shown they have been a distance powerhouse longer than most people can remember. Nick Taubenheim, Teddy O’Kane and Mayo Smith went 1-2-3 to break their 36-year old meet record in the 3x300m Relay with their total time of 27:35.55. Under legendary Coach Laddie Lawrence, who is finishing his 50th year of coaching, the Wreckers never seem to miss a beat and are always a factor in distance running. The trio finished in under 10-seconds from each other with Taubenheim finishing in 9:08.44, O’Kane in 9:09.64 and Smith in 9:17.47.
It’s very hard to run fast on cold windy days, which makes Ridgefield girl’s meet record in the 300m Intermediate Hurdles Relay even more impressive. Emma Langis had the fastest time of the day finishing in 47.15 but taking the next two places were her teammates Carolyn Donovan in 48.46 and Grace Michalowski in 49.29. While none of the girls set personal records, they still sliced two and a half seconds from Windsor’s record. The Tigers have become a real power in the event already with three of the top six times in the entire state so far this spring.
Even though the facility was moved to Danbury’s southern neighbor, the Hatters still treated the meet like a home event and brought with them their intense desire to do well. Both boys and girls defended their titles with Danbury girls outscoring Weston in the overall team title, 70-59 while the Danbury boys defeated FCIAC rival Greenwich by a 64-52 point margin.
One of the attractions of the O’Grady Relays is that teams can also battle it out in divisions based on school size. Danbury girls defeated Fairfield Ludlow in the Large school division 85-79 with New Milford defeating New Canaan 92.5- 90 for the Medium division trophy. Meanwhile Weston girls dominated the Small school section beating Haddam Killingworth 107-78.5.
Danbury and Greenwich boys took the top two spots in the Large school section with the Hatters scoring 88 to the Cardinals 76. Masuk laid claim to the Medium school division 81 to New Canaan’s 79 points and Haddam Killingworth took the Ssmall school title 112 to Weston’s 82 points.
The complete meet results are available for the 39th O’Grady Relays on the Results page sponsored by soundRUNNER Scholastic with stores in Branford, Fairfield, Glastonbury and Old Saybrook. The meet was held at the Bethel High School in Bethel CT on Saturday April 27, 2019.
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