The Dream Invitational began as a small meet for the sole purpose of qualifying athletes for New Balance Nationals and has been morphed into something bigger than that original idea by Meet Director Rob Murray of Danbury High School. In the meet hosted by Danbury HS, athletes from all over the state came to New Milford High School on Friday night to test themselves to reach their own personal dreams.
Stockman on the Way Back
Elizabeth Stockman of Rocky Hill was the most dominant runner in the state last spring winning the 1600m at the State Open and the 3200m at the New England Championship among other honors. But after the State Open in cross country, where she finished 6th, the junior began having some hip problems that plagued her all during the indoor track season.
Elizabeth Stockman on her way to win in 1-mile
After several months away from the winner’s circle, Stockman returned to win the Dream Invitational mile in a season best of 5:07.98.
“I’ve doing a lot of hip and core work to get healthy” Stockman explained. “I’m just getting back in shape and building confidence with each race. This race definitely gave me confidence.”
When asked about her chances to defend her 1600m title at the Open she said “I’m just taking it day by day, but I’m not ruling anything out. “
Cozean - Cormier at it Again
The boy’s 1-mile was round three of the of the Cozean verses Cormier duel with each race being just as impressive as the first. At the Connecticut Distance Festival, Robbie Cozean of Xavier and Trey Cormier of Hall battled to the wire in the 5k running 14:40.40 and 14:42.90 for the top two times in the state. Fast forward three weeks later and the results were the same with Cozean taking 3rd in 8:54.78 and Cormier finishing two places behind in 8:59.72 at the Loucks Games. On Friday night, the two all-stars gave the fans another exciting race with both qualifying for New Balance Nationals in their third event of the season and Cormier finishing a step behind the Xavier junior once again. Cozean was timed in 4:15.65 with the Hall senior only .24 seconds off the winning pace. This match-up isn’t over yet with both probably facing each other at the State Open, New England and Nationals where the stakes will be much higher.
Cozean and Cormier charged down final straightaway in 1-mile
Danbury Girls Show Off Depth
The Danbury girl’s 1600m sprint medley team of Natalee Seipio, Meilee Kry, Alanna Smith and Daniella Grullon-Pena broke their school record set in 2015 and qualified for Nationals with their outstanding time of 4:09.02. Seipio, a senior, is the 8th ranked 400m in the state handed off to Kry, a versatile junior who is All-State in the long jump, was part of Danbury’s State Open championship cross country team and is ranked top 20 in the state in the 200m. Smith, a freshman is the state leader in the 400m, ran a 56.69 split and handed off to the sophomore Grullon- Pena, a former sprinter who finished 2nd in the Indoor State Open in the 3200m. They combined to run the 7th best time in Connecticut history and are currently ranked 33rd nationally.
Smith, Seipio and Kry were joined by Jessica Glowacki in the 4x200m relay to run 1:43.56 to finish under the national qualifying standard and take over the state lead.
Start of Girls 4x200m relay
Demonstrating their team depth, the Hatters also qualified for NBNO in the 800m Sprint Medley Relay with the team of Shanell Stewart, Emilly Souza, Jaylyn Carter and Briana Gilliard finishing in 1:50.82 with their “B” team just missing the Emerging Elite standard by three tenths of a second by finishing in 1:53.86.
Sylvain Shines on His Own
Pierre Sylvain, who has been an important member of so many of Xavier’s relays, had a chance to shine in an individual event winning the 800m in a national qualifying time of 1:54.98. He held off Rhys Hammond of Stonington, who finished 6th at the State Open last year as a sophomore, by three tenths of a second in 1:55.27.
Pierre Sylvain edges Rhys Hammond in Boys 800m
Punching their Tickets to NBNO
When the results for the boys 800m sprint medley relay were announced, the Jonathan Law team erupted in celebration as they qualified for Nationals for the second time in three years in the event. The team of Naheim Washington, Mike Plaskon, Rayshon Jacobs and Chris Wootton finished in 1:35.87, just over a tenth of a second under the standard. Also earning a trip to the Emerging Elite race in the 800m SMR was Avon who ran 1:36.61 and Southington who finished in 1:36.86.
Mascetta Leads the State in Three Events
Finally, we have Taylor Mascetta of Immaculate who took over the state lead in the 800m with her 2:15.09 win on Friday and is also a state leader in the 1600m and 1-mile. She is now a significant threat to win her first individual Open title to go along with her State Open championship in the 4x800m this winter.
Taylor Mascetta crossed the line in the girls 800m to in season best time
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