By Senior Correspondent Marty Ogden and Ron Knapp
Records are made to be broken and in the 2019 outdoor track and field season we saw five all-time Connecticut records and 15 CIAC State Championship (Open and Class) meet records broken. The following review of records broken is provided as a courtesy to our readers.
Connecticut State High School Outdoor Track and Field Records
The 400m Intermediate Hurdles event is seldom run, but when it is, many of the top long hurdlers take a crack at it in major invitationals and at the outdoor national meet. Ridgefield’s Emma Langis won the State Open and New England’s 300m Hurdle titles with a best of 44.02 which is the seventh best time in CT history. But when the junior moved up to the 400IH at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor meet she ran the best time in state history in the event. From heat three of six in the Emerging Elite race, Langis led wire to wire to gain third place overall in a time of 1:01.39 that bested the previous state record of 1:01.42 set by Jaliyah White of Hillhouse at the 2014 NBNO meet. Her personal record also gave her the US#23 time this season.
At the 88th Greater Hartford Invitational, Patricia Mroczkowski of Berlin eclipsed the former State Record of 5-9.75 held by Margo Maytham and Ann Temple by a quarter of an inch clearing 5-10. The senior, who has committed to the University of Connecticut, had the 15th best jump in the nation and finished 10th at New Balance Nationals Outdoor meet with her near PR of 5' 8.75.
The 3000m Steeplechase saw Everett Hackett of Hall’s state record of 9:25.64 bettered twice this year by one of the athletes he coached. Trey Cormier of Hall surprised himself when he ran a 9:23.79 at the Michael Hartfield JV Jamboree in early April. This was his first attempt at the event, and it was supposed to be a tempo effort just to get a feel of the event. Three weeks later on May 5th, the Dartmouth-bound senior made a serious attempt at the distance at the St. Anthony’s Invite in New York. He won in a time of 9:15.19 which ended the season as the 3rd fastest time nationally.
Justin Forde of Brien McMahon is now included as one of the greatest jumpers in Connecticut history. He has cleared 7’0” in the high jump and has a PR of 24' 6.25 in the long jump from FCIAC championship meet this spring. But it is in the triple jump where he has truly shined. The senior, who has committed to the University of Miami, swept the indoor and outdoor New Balance Nationals Championship Triple Jump titles. Then, after a season of near misses, Forde finally took down Rayford Sutton’s 25-year old record with his jump of 52’10” at the USATF U20 Championship where he took second place.
Chet Ellis of Staples was All-American last spring and this winter in the high jump but was stuck at the 6’10 barrier for about a year. Unfortunately, the Harvard bound senior was injured most of the outdoor season, but he came back to win the State Open in a new state record of 7’0.5”. His jump bettered the existing state record of 7’0.25 held by Safir Scott, Omari Braswell and Shamont Hamer as well as giving him the 3rd best jump in the nation.
Hall High School had a day for the ages, winning the New Balance Nationals Outdoor championship in the 1600m sprint medley relay, breaking Wilbur Cross’ state record 17-year old record by three quarters of a second. Seniors Yovan Rivera, Blake Morin and Muhammad Ali teamed up with Miller Anderson to finish in 3:26.26, the fastest time in the United States this season.
Typically, in the 1600m SMR, the performance of the 800m anchor leg is often the difference between winning and just placing. The quick baton passes and combined time of 1:35.21 by Rivera (200m), Morin (200m) and Ali (400m) left the challenge of winning to Anderson. As he has done so many times in the past several seasons, Anderson’s ‘never-give-up’ spirit was the difference in their race as noted by Hall distance coach Jeff Billing, “Miller got the baton in 5th place in their heat. He needed to catch all four teams and run under 1:51.3 to beat the fastest time from the earlier heats.” With a lifetime best of only 1:51.5, the senior ended up running 1:50.05 to come up with his biggest race on the biggest stage.
Morin, Ali and Anderson were joined by Trey Cormier to earn All-American the past indoor season in the Distance Medley Relay. At the outdoor national meet last year, Naji Anderson, Ali, Anderson and Cormier earned the same honors in the DMR to give Hall High School three All-American relay performances within the span of one year.
CIAC Class and State Open Championship Meet Records
The following is a brief recap of the outdoor track and field records set at the State Open, Class LL, L, MM, M and S meets in the 2019 Outdoor track and field season.
State Open Meet
· Three State Open records went down this year in the meet that started with four teams bettering Simsbury’s seven-year old Boys 4x800m relay record of 7:51.30. But it was Wilbur Cross of New Haven whose four seniors, Nassaiah Betancourt, Mohammed Hussain, Elliot Faulkner and Travis Martin combined to run a 7:47.20 and hold off the other teams which earned them a top 30 time in the United States.
· Edward Williams Jr. of Sacred Heart-Waterbury was undefeated this season in the 110m Hurdles with outstanding wins at the New England Championships and the Emerging Elite section of NBNO. But it was at the State Open where he put up his fastest time of his high school career of 14.03 to break the 24-year old record State Open record of 14.15 held by Tony Ortiz of Crosby.
· As previously mentioned, Chet Ellis of Staples saved his best effort for his last jump in a Staples uniform. The senior set a PR by over 2-inches to clear a State Open and State record height of 7’0.5.
Class LL Meet
· Junior Emma Langis of Ridgefield broke the two-year old Class LL meet record of 44.34 by Danielle Brinckman of Glastonbury when she defended her title with a time of 44.12.
· Justin Forde dominated the triple jump competition and won the Class LL championships by about four and a half feet. He surpassed Omari Braswell’s 25-year old mark of 49’5” with his leap of 50’1.25”.
Class L Meet
· Every so often we view an era where an athlete dominates an event like Forde has done in the triple jump. We may be at the beginning of Kate Wiser’s reign as she broke her own Class L meet record in the 3200m. The Pomperaug sophomore knocked 10 seconds off her winning time from last year finishing in 10:34.19, defended her State Open title and won the New England 3200m championship in a PR of 10:22.24 as well.
· The distance runners of Hall High School have accomplished so much these past two years and added a Class L record in the 4x800m Relay as well. Four seniors Austin Blodgett, Muhammad Ali, Dylan Rendon and Miller Anderson shattered Ridgefield’s 14-year old record of 8:01.02 to cross the tape in 7:52.96. The quartet came back a week later to go under the State Open meet record but unfortunately finished second to Wilbur Cross. But then six days later, they substituted Blodgett for two-time New England champion Trey Cormier and took home the New England title in the event with a time of 7:43.85. The time was the fourth best time in state history and finished as the 14th best time nationally this season.
Class MM Meet
· Hillhouse’s Deshaune Poole broke another long-time record when he ran 14.34 to break the 22-year old mark of 14.65 set by Teshomo 'Reggie' Sinclair, also of Hillhouse. The mark was a little slower than his personal record of 14.26 from the SCC East Outdoor Championships which is the 14th best hurdle mark in state history.
Class M Meet
· Most of the time records are set by athletes who have toiled away at their event for years. First-year javelin thrower Kate Joyce of Weston unleased her PR of 141’06” to win the Class M championship and broke the six-year-old record of 140’3” by Meghan Lester of Tolland. The junior went on to win the State Open and the New England Championship meets. She finished her first outdoor season with a third place at NBNO to earn her first All American medal.
· Suffield boys had a fantastic year, winning the New England meet and earning All American in the 4x800m relay during indoor track. The same foursome of Camden Miller, Jared Sharp, Kyle Englander and Nick Sinofsky added to their accomplishments by setting the Class M record with their time of 7:54.09. They broke Weston’s 10-year-old record of 8:02.66.
Class S Meet
It was the Class S meet that saw the most amount of records broken. Five records went down in the sprints, hurdles, relays and jumps.
· Although Sean Dixon-Bodie of Bloomfield was overshadowed by national champion and state record holder Justin Forde this season, but he still managed to claim his own moment in the sun with his sweep of the long, triple and high jumps at the Class S championship. The junior broke the 45-year-old triple jump record held by Ben Davis of Bacon Academy who soared to 47’7.25” in 1974. But the energetic Dixon-Bodie led his team to another Class S title and broke the meet record when his reached out to leap 48’1.5”. He also earned his second All-American medal when he finished fifth at NBNO with his PR of 50'5.25”, the fifth best jump in CT history.
· Edward Williams Jr. gets another mention in our list of record-breaking performances. He crossed the line in 14.28 in the 110m Hurdles to break the time of 14.54 set by Rodrigo Souza of Old Saybrook in 2009.
· Junior Terry Miller of Bloomfield broke both the 100m and 200m CIAC Class S records. Miller finished in 11.93 in the 100m to lower Shayla Wallace of Northwest Catholic’s record of 11.98 set in 1995 and came back later in the meet to erase another of Wallace’s records by finishing in 24.47 for the 200m, .29 faster than the old record set in 1997.
· The Immaculate girls have become a powerhouse in the distance events over the past decade. They have proven that once again by resetting the Class S 4x800m relay record with their time of 9:35.64 to break Coginchaug’s record of 9:36.59 set in 2014. After taking only 3rd at the State Open, the quartet of Kayla Ondy, Ailene Doherty, Molly Coyle and Taylor Mascetta regrouped to sweep the indoor and outdoor New England 4x800m titles, running a season best of 9:16.68.
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Rankings and personal records noted above are based on performance lists compiled at Athletic.net.