The rescheduling of the CIAC Class L Outdoor Track and Field Championship meet from Tuesday to Thursday didn’t seem to faze either the Hall Boys or the Windsor Girls teams as they both defended their team titles at Middletown High School. With the threat of more poor weather forecasted the fast pace of the meet by the officials was matched on the track as only the last few events were completed under rainy conditions.
Hall Boys Secure Second Title
After setting a meet and school record in the 4x800m relay the Hall Boys team kept on rolling through the meet to amass 96 points to secure their second consecutive team title over runner-up Amity with 67 points and third place Bristol Central with 60 points.
The Hall 4x800m quartet of Austin Blodgett, Muhammad Ali, Dylan Rendon and Miller Anderson sped to a winning time of 7:52.96 that eclipsed the former mark of 8:01.02 set by Ridgefield in 2005. Hall continued their point gains with a second place in the 4x100m relay (43.62) that was won by the Windsor team of Jaiden Murphy, Cordell Holliday, Le-Andre Gayle and Nathan Burnett in 42.46.
Nathan Burnett of Windsor returned to win the 100m dash in 10.95 edging Tariq Phillips of Kennedy in 10.96. Phillips later came back to win the 200m dash in 22.08.
In a photo-finish that looked more like a 100m dash than the 1600m run, Trey Cormier of Hall out-leaned Robbie Cozean of Xavier to win in 4:17.77 to 4:17.81 as they sprinted together over the final 50-meters. For Cormier it was his first victory over Cozean this season after their previous three meetings.
The 400m dash was highlighted by two sub-50 second finishes as Warren Murphy of Notre Dame-West Haven edged Le-Andre Gayle of Windsor, 49.85 to 49.93.
Another photo-finish occurred in the 800m run as Miller Anderson of Hall leaned for the win in 1:56.59 over Pierre Sylvain of Xavier (1:56.71) and Jose Ramirez of Bristol Central (1:57.02).
Amity’ Richard Papa fueled his team’s runner-up spot with two victories, in the 110m hurdles in 14.55 and the 300m hurdles in 39.87.
The finish of the 3200m run was a Xavier affair as Robbie Cozean led teammate Peter Schulten across the line in 9:20.49 to 9:24.19.
New Milford won the final track event, the 4x400m relay, 3:23.25 to 3:23.62 over Hall with the squad of Jonathan Tarbet, Andre Vial, Matthew Bouzakis and Luke Chastain.
Defending champion Jonathan Prell of Simsbury won the Shot Put with a toss of 49-09 while Nathan Holst-Grubbe of Pomperaug gained the Discus Throw gold medal with a mark of 148-07.
In the Javelin Throw, Andrew Grinnell of New Milford unleashed a throw of 188-05 that was almost 18-feet more than his previous best career effort.
While the horizontal jumps featured wins by Israel Henriques of Hall (TJ-43-06.50) and Camden Collette of Pomeraug (LJ-21-02.25) the vertical events were highlighted by victories from Zachary Koslosky of Naugatuck (PV-14-00) and Jason Sawicki of Notre Dame-West Haven (HJ-6-02).
Windsor Girls Earn 7th L Title
The Windsor Girls needed every bit of their speed in the final 4x400m relay from their team of Analy Alabre, Jalah Cooper, Rachel Dube and Zarieh Coleman who won in 4:01.49 to hold off a determined Hall team to win the team title by a 130 to 129-point margin as another West Harford team, Conard, finished third with 58 points. Windsor’s seventh Class L title was built on the toes of their sprint squad at they amassed 91 points in the 100m, 200m and 400m dashes including a win in the 4x100m relay (48.29) with the team of Jade Robinson, Khaia Moye, Leah Gray and Cori Richardson.
Windsor was led by in the 100m and 200m dashes by senior Cori Richardson (12.21, 25.42) and junior Leah Gray (12.45, 26.20) with their 1-2 finishes. The 200m dash was almost an all Windsor affair as they placed 1 through 5 and eighth. Jalah Cooper powered to a win in the 400m dash in 58.52 with teammates placing 4-5-6.
For the second consecutive year the Hall team almost succeeded in dethroning Windsor as they took the time-tested route in scoring in every event except the 100m hurdles. Although their valiant effort came up short, they gained champion points from Jenna Zydanowicz in the 1600m (5:03.55) and 800m (2:16.78) runs.
More first place points came from defending champion Olivia Bowes in the Long Jump (17-03.75) and Triple Jump (35-06), Giovanna Dionicio in the 300m hurdles (47.34) and Sydney Golas in the Pole Vault with a height of 10-00 that was her PR by a foot.
Senior Susie Okoli of Wilbur Cross was also a double champion as she took first in the Shot Put (39-10.50) and the Discus Throw (120-09) that improved her PR by more than 4-feet.
Junior Allison Schneider of Conard had a back and forth day commuting between the High Jump and Triple Jump that culminated with a jump-off victory in the high jump at 5-02 and a second place in the triple jump with a mark of 35-05.
The meet started with a victory by the Simsbury 4x800m quartet of Elsa Martin, Olivia Birney, Amanda Derway and Sidney Palinkas as they won in 9:34.13 over runner-up Hall in 9:37.68.
Shelby Dejana of Wilton edged Analy Alabre of Windsor in the 100m hurdle finals, 15.84 to 15.97.
The 3200m run featured a new meet record by sophomore Kate Wiser of Pomperaug in 10:34.19 that lowered her mark of 10:44.40 set last year. Another sophomore, Chloe Scrimgeour of Conard, placed second in 11:01.21 in her PR by 7 seconds.
Rankings and personal records noted above are based on performance lists compiled at Athletic.net.
The complete meet results are available for the CIAC Class L Outdoor Track and Field Championship Meet on the Results page sponsored by soundRUNNER Scholastic with stores in Branford, Fairfield, Glastonbury and Old Saybrook. The meet was held at Middletown High School in Middletown CT on May 30, 2019.
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