By Senior Correspondent Marty Ogden, Photographs by Ron Knapp
Robbie Cozean can now lay claim as a national champion after his memorable victory on Friday night at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor Meet. The Xavier junior overtook early leader Caleb Futter of Christian Academy of Indiana High School with a lap to go in the Boys Championship 5000m race. Cozean ran his last lap in a blazing time of 59.7 to finish in 14:26.18. He joins Alex Ostberg of Darien and Adam Vess of Xavier as the third Connecticut athlete to win a national championship in this event. His performance gave him the #1 time in the United States this season and the second fastest time in Connecticut history behind Ostberg’s state record of 14:16.61 and better than two-time Olympian Donn Cabral.
In the only Championship field event on Friday, Weston's Kate Joyce threw 149-7 on her last toss in the Girls Javelin Throw to secure third place and earn All-American honors. The junior, in her first season of track and field, is now only three feet short of the state record held Ellie Gravitte of Ridgefield’s and the #16 throw in the US this season.
In the Emerging Elite event sections of the meet, Connecticut athletes also did extremely well. Korey Steele of Bloomfield saved his best jump for last in Boys EE Triple Jump to take home the gold medal with a two-foot outdoor PR of 48-8 which also broke the meet record. The sophomore bettered his personal record by 2-feet and now has the 13th best jump nationally of returning athletes.
State Open and New England 110m hurdle champion, Edward Williams Jr of Sacred Heart-Waterbury, finished his high school career with a victory in Boys EE 110m hurdles final in 14.04. The senior, who will attend Meridian Community College in Mississippi, is undefeated this season and his season best time of 14.03 from the State Open is currently ranked 62nd in the country.
The Girls EE 1-mile event featured medal performances by two Connecticut athletes. Mari Noble of Greenwich and Jenna Zydanowicz of Hall went right to the front and pushed each other to 2nd and 3rd place finishes in heat two of three. Noble ran a 4:56.37 and Zydanowicz a 4:57.04 to become the 10th and 11th fastest Connecticut milers all time.
Under the categories of “stuff happens” and “you have to be prepared for anything”at championship meets, Paige Martin of Norwich Free Academy cleared 12’0.5” in the pole vault for a personal record. She tied for 5th place in Girls EE Pole Vault mere hours after arriving by car due to a cancelled flight! Her vault moved her up to #7 All-time in CT history.
Class L high jump champion Jason Sawicki of Notre Dame-West Haven finished in fifth place with a jump of 6-4.25. The junior set his personal record of 6-6 at the SCC Outdoor Track and Field Championship earlier in May.
Immaculate’s Mustang TC team of Kayla Ondy, Taylor Mascetta, Molly Coyle, Ailene Doherty earned sixth place medals in 4x800m Emerging Elite race in 9:31.81. This was the same quartet that recently took home gold medals at the New England championships last Saturday.
The Hamden quartet of Alysia Joseph, Tiatianna Jones, Love Melton, Jalyn Roberts combined for fifth place honors in the Girls EE 1600m SMR in 4:11.36 which is the 11th fastest time in CT history.
The Boys EE Hammer Throw featured a fifth place by Nicholas Campbell of Bloomfield with a toss of 171-09 that was just short of his PR toss of 174.55 set earlier this season.
Greenwich boy’s 4x200m relay team just cracked into CT's all-time top 10 list with a time of 1:29.90 to take 7th place in the Emerging Elite race.
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