NEW DATE/TIME: WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2019 10:00am – CLASS M CHAMPIONSHIP –at Willow Brook Park, New Britain CT
Boys Class M
Favorites: Tolland, Windham,
Top teams: Valley Regional, Ellington, Haddam-Killingworth, Suffield, Watertown
Tolland has big points from their distance team which has always produced for them. But Windham has the twin towers of Enrique Lopez-Garcia and Natanael Barbosa-Torres who are favorites in the hurdles and the throws.
Individuals to watch:
Stephen Sutton of Tolland and Rhys Hammond of Stonington have both shown their brilliance in the 1600m and 800m this season and they should have two great battles in each race.
Junior Lopez Garcia of Windham is favored in both hurdles after finishing second last year in Class M in both races. His winning time of 39.0 from the ECC championships is only a few tenths of a second away from the meet record of 38.68 by Dan Santalla of Northwestern.
Suffield’s signature event all year has been the 4x800m relay. The Wildcats earned All-American honors at New Balance Nationals Indoor this winter and if they are pushed, Weston’s meet record of 8:02.66 could be broken.
Sheehan’s Jordan Davis unleashed a 208’1” javelin throw at the SCC championships which is the 8th best throw in the country. The junior has steadily improved all season and we could see something special this week in the event.
Girls Class M
Favorites: Weston, Berlin
Top teams Sheehan, Plainfield, Bacon Academy, Seymour, Amistad
SWC champions Weston seem to have everything for a run at the title; relays, middle distance, jumpers, pole vaulters and throwers. But Berlin is well balanced themselves and is in the title hunt as well.
Individuals to watch:
The 1600m run will be interesting to watch with last year’s State Open 1600m champion Elizabeth Stockman of Rocky Hill against the latest freshman phenom, Ava Graham of Bethel. Both are running under 5:10 but Stockman has been coming into shape after an injury plagued indoor season. They will be joined by All-New England cross country runner Kathryn Rodrigues of Wolcott in both the 1600m and 3200m so it could be anyone’s race for the titles.
The star of the day might be Patricia Mroczkowski of Berlin who has already set the all-time state record in the high jump of 5’10” at the Greater Hartford Invite and is the top seed in the long jump with a 17’5.
Natalie Rolon-Issa of Bacon Academy is the state leader in the shot put, but the throws are so deep this year anything could happen. But she was State Open and New England runner-up this winter in the shot, so she has proven to be able to perform under pressure.
Freshman Shea Greene of Weston has been impressive all season in the javelin with the state leading throw of 134’6”. If she will be challenged by anyone, it will be her teammate Kate Joyce who has been right behind her by only a few feet this season.
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