Thursday, May 30, 2019, 3:00pm - Class S Championship at Willow Brook Park, New Britain
Class S Boys Favorites: Bloomfield
Top Teams: Old Saybrook, Coginchaug, Derby, Immaculate
Class S Girls Favorites: Bloomfield
Top Teams: Old Saybrook, Immaculate, Canton, East Hampton
Bloomfield girls won their eleventh straight Class S title last year while the Bloomfield boys had their 11-year class title streak snapped by Derby last year. Both Warhawk teams are heavy favorites to take home the first-place plaques on Thursday with their strong throwers, relays, sprinters and jumpers.
Individual Boys to watch:
Kymali Hay, last year’s State Open champion in the 400m for University High has transferred to Bloomfield. The junior comes into the Class S Meet as the top seed in the 100m dash but will have to face the multitalented Ja'kwan Hale of Derby who is the top seed in the 400m and number three seed in the 200m. Last year as a junior, Hale was a State Open scorer in the high jump and 300m hurdles but he must have tired of leaping over things and instead chosen to stick to flat races.
Sacred Heart’s Edward Williams has been one of Connecticut’s fastest hurdlers for the past three years and finally won a State Open title this winter in the 55m hurdles. The senior won the Emerging Elite section of the 60m hurdles at NBNI this winter and will be looking to add a Class S title this Thursday as well.
Sean Dixon-Bodie was a surprise All American this winter by taking 4th in the triple jump at NBNI and currently has the 2nd best jump in the state with his leap of 47’11.5”. While it’s not quite as far as his indoor PR of 50’2.5”, it still surpasses Ben Davis of Bacon Academy’s 45-year old meet record of 47-7.25. Dixon-Bodie has a chance to break one of the oldest state records in the books.
If you want to talk dominance, look no farther than Bloomfield’s throwing corp. They have the top 6 seeds in the shot put and are seeded 1-2-3 in the discus. If they can match their seeds, these two events could net them 57 points, more that most schools will score in the entire meet. Nicholas Campbell, the top shot putter in the state, is also ranked 3rd in the discus. He should lead the Warhawk onslaught in both events. Interestingly, with the incredible depth in the throws, Bloomfield has no expected scorers in the javelin.
Coginchaug has the top two seeds in the javelin with Shoreline champion Joseph Venables as the top seed and Tanner Jameson as the number two seed.
Individual Girls to watch:
Terry Miller of Bloomfield and Chelsea Mitchell of Canton will once again go head to head in the 100m dash and both could break the CIAC Class record of 11.98 set by Shayla Wallace of Northwest Catholic twenty-four years ago. Both are top seeded again in the 200m and there is a chance another one of Wallace’s records could go down as well.
Miller is also the number two seed in the 400m and will go up against her teammate Jillian Mars, who was last year’s New England champion in the event.
Mitchell will certainly have a busy day and is favored to win the long jump. The State Open indoor champion has the best seed by over a foot in the event and will be looking to take home as many points as she can to help her team move up in the standings.
Alliyah Boothe of Bloomfield leads a strong Warhawk throwing contingent and has the number one discus throw in the state. Boothe is also one of six girls who have already thrown over 40-feet and is the top seed in Class S for both events.
While Bloomfield is so strong is so many areas, it is Immaculate who should dominate the distance events. The Mustangs are the top ranked team in the 4x800m relay and boast two of the fastest 1600m runners in the state with Angela Saidman and Taylor Mascetta. Their talents can easily be spread out across multiple events with Mascetta running a leg of the 4x800m, the open 800m and finish with either the 3200m or the 4x400m. Saidman, who took the winter off from competition, is the top seed in both the 1600m and 3200m races.
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