By Senior Correspondent Marty Ogden
There was much to celebrate as Connecticut athletes won 16 of the 36 events contested at the 74th New England Interscholastic Track and Field Championships on a perfect near-summer day that brought the best athletes from the six New England states together at Thornton Academy in Saco Maine.
Connecticut started the meet off with a bang as the Nutmeg state dominated the 4x800m relay for both genders. Hall boys lead wire to wire and ran the #10 time in the country of 7:43.85 as well as a school and facility record. The senior team of Trey Comier (1:56.1), Muhammad Ali (1:56.9), Dylan Rendon (1:58.4) and Miller Anderson (1:52.0) ran the 4th fastest time in Connecticut history. State Open champion Wilbur Cross took 3rd in 7:49.69, New England indoor champion Suffield ran 7:51.55 to take 4th and Danbury, which had the facility record took the last set of medals in 6th place running 7:54.60. Staples and Tolland also just missed medaling and took 8th and 9th places.
Hall Boys best in New England 4x800m (c) Ron Knapp-MySportsResults.com
Immaculate ladies matched the Hall boys’ victory while setting their school record with a time of 9:16.68. The team of Ailene Doherty (2:22), Kayla Ondy (2:24), Molly Coyle (2:14) and Taylor Mascetta (2:14) ran the #10 time in Connecticut history. Simsbury (9:25.80), Trumbull (9:29.71), Ridgefield (9:32.49) and Hall (9:34.98) swept 3rd- 6th places with Southington just out of the medals in 8th place.
Immaculate girls secured top honors in 4x800m (c) Ron Knapp-MySportsResults.com
To prove how little a seed mark means in any big meet, junior Terrence Bogan of Sheehan was seeded 12th in the boys 100m dash. He ran a strong race in the preliminaries to run the 2nd fastest time and qualify for the finals, but in the finals, he ran even better into a light head wind and won with a time of 11.01. He led the Connecticut contingent that included Hamden’s Christopher Pigatt in 3rd (11.16), Kennedy’s Tariq Phillips in 5th (11.26) and State Open champion Ryan Raybuck of Greenwich who took 6th in 11.32.
Terrence Bogan of Sheehan best in 100m dash (c) Ron Knapp-MySportsResults.com
In the 100m, State Open champion Chelsea Mitchell of Canton, who was the top seed, lived up to her status and took home the New England championship in the event. While her winning time of 12.20 was over a half second slower than her time from the State Open, she still managed to hold off senior Cori Richardson of Windsor who took 2nd. Mitchell also managed to win two more medals in the 200m, by placing 5th in 25.36 and the long jump where she was 6th in 17’8.25”.
Chelsea Mitchell of Canton flew across line in 100m dash (c) Ron Knapp-MySportsResults.com
In the boys 110m hurdles final, Edward Williams of Sacred Heart in Waterbury came in as the number two seed and ended up winning the gold medal with his time of 14.23 after leading the preliminary heats with a 14.55 time.
Edward Williams was golden in 110m hurdles (c) Ron Knapp-MySportsResults.com
Danbury freshman Alanna Smith has been impressive this entire season, winning every championship race she has run in. Now she can add New England 400m champion to her list of already growing accomplishments. Her time of 55.49 set the Danbury and FCIAC records and moved her into the top 10 all time of Connecticut one lappers. On top of that, her time is currently ranked 15th nationally for 9th graders.
Behind Smith were three of her instate competitors in 4th- 6th places. Defending New England champion Jillian Mars of Bloomfield has battled injuries all season and still managed 4th place in 58.13. Kate Carleson of Plainfield (58.35) and Cara Jordan of Cromwell (58.54) both earned All-New England in an individual event for the first time finishing in 5th and 6th places.
At the Class S meet Derby’s Ja'kwan Hale easily won the 400m and was able to look around the last 30-meters and just missed breaking 48 seconds. Well two weeks later, the senior put it all on the line and ran a 47.90 to win his first New England championship. His time makes him the 10th fastest 400m runner in Connecticut history and qualified him for New Balance Outdoor Nationals in North Carolina this weekend. Class LL 400m champion William Remkiewicz of Glastonbury placed 6th in 48.78 to grab the last New England medal.
Two- time State Open 300m Intermediate Hurdle champion Emma Langis of Ridgefield has swept all the championships races this season and then set a personal record to win her first New England title in a time of 44.02. Her time earns her the #7 300IH performance in Connecticut history and was followed by Joel Barlow freshman Mariella Schweitzer in 4th place with a time of 45.40 and Trumbull’s Emily Alexandru in 45.45.
Emma Langis finished first in 300m hurdles (c) Ron Knapp-MySportsResults.com
Another event totally dominated by Connecticut athletes was the Girls High Jump. Berlin’s Patricia Mroczkowski jumped 5’8” and turned the tables on State Open champion Allyson Lewis of Norwich Free Academy who cleared 5’7” for second place. Two of the greatest high jumpers Connecticut has ever seen at one time have gone back and forth with each other and will have one more shot at each other this weekend at NBNO meet. Junior Allison Schneider of Conard High took fourth clearing a one inch PR of 5’5 to qualify for Nationals. Tying for 6th were Nia Christie of St. Joseph and Sydney Garrison of Southington, both clearing 5’3”.
Patricia Mroczkowski all smiles with top honors in High Jump (c) Ron Knapp-MySportsResults.com
In the 3200m, Kate Wiser of Pomeraug showed there won’t be any sophomore slump for the New England cross country champion. The Panther ran her PR of 10:21.24 for 3200m which makes her the fourth faster girl over that distance in Connecticut history and gives her a 31st nation ranking.
Kate Wiser on her way to her PR win in 3200m (c) Ron Knapp-MySportsResults.com
The 3200m will be strong for the next few years as Connecticut underclassmen placed four other runners in the top nine. Sophomores Mari Noble (10:39.98) of Greenwich and Daniella Grullon-Pena (10:52.62) of Danbury earned All-New England honors by virtue of their 3rd and 5th place finishes.
Windsor’s 4x100m relay quartet of Leah Gray, Khaia Moye, Jade Robinson, and Cori Richardson came in as the number one seed and lived up to their ranking by winning in a time of 48.03. Danbury girls came in 6th in 49.75 to nab more All-New England medals for the Hatters.
Bloomfield’s Terry Miller repeated as New England champion in the 200m dash with a time of 24.57 edging runner-up Cori Richardson of Windsor in 24.76. New-England 400m champion Alanna Smith returned to finish 3rd in 25.02 with 100m champion Chelsea Mitchell taking 4th in 25.36. Connecticut squeezed in one more All-New England 200m runner when senior Nichele Smith of East Hartford took 6th in 25.37.
Miller later joined Jahlia Banton, Jayden Gibson and Jillian Mars to run their season best time of 3:51.88 to win Bloomfield’s second consecutive 4x400m New England title. Danbury moved up from 8th seed to finish 4th when Smith was inserted in the lineup along with fellow freshman Brianna Gillard, junior Jessica Glowacki and senior Natalee Seipio. The combined to run their season best time of 3:58.00 which barely qualifies them for the championship section of New Balance Nationals. Windsor’s team of Taylor Allen, Jalah Cooper, Rachel Dube and Zarieh Coleman ran their season best time of 3:59.41 to take 5th with East Hartford’s team of Nichele Smith, Janaiya Cruz-Bermudez, Kelsey Ofori and Kamilah Diaz taking 6th in 3:59.61.
The boys 4x400m relay was basically a replay of the State Open with five Connecticut in the top six places earning All-New England honors. Bloomfield swept their championship meets, winning in 3:20.57 with a team of Shakur Hill, Malcolm Beckford, Jaylon Nealy and Ray Herbert. Danbury moved up from fourth in the Open to 3rd finishing in 3:20.89 and Glastonbury moved back a place finishing in 3:22.00. In the next to last heat, Hall’s team took first in 3:22.96 and New Milford 2nd in 3:23.58 that brought home the last set of New England medals as they finished fifth and sixth overall.
In the Girl’s Discus Throw, Natalie Rolon-Issa of Bacon Academy took 3rd in the State Open but won New England with her throw of 129-02. The results were the exact opposite in the shot where she took 3rd at New Englands in 40’11” after taking the gold at the State Open. State Open discus champion Susie Okoli of Wilbur Cross was awarded a silver medal with her throw of 127-04. Bloomfield’s Otisha Williams of Bloomfield did the unthinkable by improving 40-ft in the discus from last year and earned her first New England medal with her throw of 125-04 for sixth place.
Hartford Public senior Wenesha Stewart also earned her first All New England medal with her throw of 39’10” to take 6th place in the Shot Put.
Fairfield county athletes have really shown they know how to throw the javelin. Athletes from three towns, only 25 miles apart, swept the top six spots in all New England. First-year javelin thrower, Kate Joyce of Weston took the first place with a near PR throw of 140’0. SCC champion Jacquelyn Simington of Shelton took 2nd with a toss of 128’9” and FCIAC champion Hailey Angelucci of Trumbull took 3rd at 123-01. Only an inch behind at 123-00 in 4th place was Joyce’s freshman teammate Shea Greene, also in her first year of track and field.
Kate Joyce first again in Javelin (c) Ron Knapp-MySportsResults.com
Altogether the Nutmeg state took home 87 of the possible 216 medals from this six-state region track and field championship meet.
The following athletes also earned medals and All-New England honors by virtue of their top six finish on Saturday.
Boys 1600 Meter Run
· 2 Matt Jennings SO Haddam-Killingworth 4:19.13
· 4 Shane Henderson SR Old Saybrook 4:19.87
Boys 4x100 Meter Relay
· 2 Bloomfield-Ct 42.48
1) Anthony Simpson JR 2) Korey Steele SO
3) dante Montague JR 4) Ajrael Anderson SO
· 3 Windsor-Ct 42.70 4
1) Gabriel Bryan SR 2) Cordell Holliday SR
3) Le-Andre Gayle JR 4) Nathan Burnett SR
Boys 300 Meter Hurdles
· 3 Enrique Lopez Garcia JR Windham 38.81
· 5 Sephton Reid JR Bloomfield 39.61
Boys 800 Meter Run
· 4 Miller Anderson SR Hall 1:54.42
· 6 Jose Ramirez JR Bristol Cent 1:56.69
Boys 200 Meter Dash
· 6 Malcolm Beckford FR Bloomfield 22.51
Boys 3200 Meter Run
· 3 Gavin Sherry FR Conard 9:14.62
· 5 Trey Cormier SR Hall 9:18.30
Boys High Jump
· 2 Matthew Santy JR Enfield 6-05.
Boys Pole Vault
· 4 Hayden Rovelli SR Coginchaug J14-03.00
· 5 Zachary Koslosky SR Naugatuck J14-03.00
· 6 Aidan O'Connor JR Lewis Mills 13-09.00
Boys Triple Jump
· 2 Sean Dixon-Bodie JR Bloomfield 47-10.25
· 4 Korey Steele SO Bloomfield J45-06.25
· 5 Leonardo DaGraca SR Wilby 44-09.75
Boys Javelin Throw
· 2 Jordan Davis JR Sheehan 189-08
· 4 Collin Winkler SR Northwestern 186-10
Boys Shot Put
· 6 Natanael Barbosa Torres SR Windham 55-09.00
Girls 1600 Meter Run
· 3 Angela Saidman SR Immaculate 4:58.37
· 4 Jenna Zydanowicz JR Hall 4:58.68
· 5 Kate Hedlund JR Manchester 4:58.94
Girls 800 Meter Run
· 4 Grace Hanratty JR Old Saybrook 2:14.27
Girls Pole Vault
· 2 Paige Martin JR Norwich Free 11-03.00
· 4 Cate Coppes JR Old Saybrook 10-09.00
· 6 Carolyn Cumello JR Coginchaug 10-03.00
Girls Triple Jump
· 5 Meilee Kry JR Danbury 37-06.50
Stay tuned for our SmugMug Photo Galleries from several events at the 74th New England Interscholastic Track and Field Championships Outdoor Track and Field Championship Meet.
The complete meet results are available for the 74th New England Interscholastic Track and Field Championships 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 the Thornton Academy in Saco ME on Saturday, June 8, 2019.
Rankings and personal records noted above are based on performance lists compiled at Athletic.net.
Up next, look for our on-site coverage of Connecticut athletes at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor meet starting Thursday June 13 continuing Friday, Saturday and concluding on Sunday, June 16 in Greensboro, NC.