Dan­bury girls dom­i­nate on way to cham­pi­onship

Glas­ton­bury boys win 1st out­door ti­tle since 1960

The News-Times - - SPORTS - By Rich DePreta

NEW BRI­TAIN — There was dom­i­na­tion and there was his­tory as the Class LL Out­door Track Boys and Girls Cham­pi­onships con­cluded Thursday af­ter a sec­ond day of com­pe­ti­tion at Wil­low­brook Park.

The Dan­bury High School girls track squad lit­er­ally ran away from the field to take home the LL girls team cham­pi­onship plaque.

The Hat­ters — the FCIAC cham­pi­ons — col­lected 154 points to out­dis­tance run­ner-up Green­wich High (60 points). NFA (56) was third fol­lowed by Southing­ton (54), Glas­ton­bury (53) and Trum­bull (52).

“Many hands to­gether make light work. That’s what we talked about for this post­sea­son,” said Dan­bury girls coach Nick Frat­i­celli. “The whole team men­tal­ity is that we are in this to­gether. And to­gether the girls have found they can do amaz­ing things.”

His­tory was made in the Class LL boys cham­pi­onship, as Glas­ton­bury High School cap­tured its first out­door track ti­tle since 1960.

Glas­ton­bury (75.5 points) held off run­ner-up NFA

(73) for the cham­pi­onship plaque. Manch­ester (67) was third fol­lowed by Wil­bur Cross (50), Ridge­field

(48) and En­field (43.5). “This is so spe­cial. I could see that this se­nior group (about 25) from the time they were fresh­men had the po­ten­tial and tal­ent to get here,” said Glas­ton­bury coach Mark Alexan­der. “We spent three years mold­ing the group. This win, this LL ti­tle was the ul­ti­mate goal. We were fourth af­ter Wed­nes­day but I knew our big events were com­ing to­day. The boys ac­cepted the chal­lenge.”

The Dan­bury girls’ danc­ing vic­tory lap was made pos­si­ble by many stand­outs.

Fresh­man Alanna Smith won the 100-me­ter dash

(12.47) Wed­nes­day and cap­tured the 200 (24.98) and 400 (55.56) on Thursday. The 200 and 400 times were per­sonal bests.

“It has been an amaz­ing first year and I’m happy to do what I can for our group,” Smith said.

Dan­bury also won the

4x400 re­lay (3:59.40). In the field events, Meilee Kry was vic­to­ri­ous in the triple jump (38-feet-1). Tianna Rogers cap­tured the shot put (39-feet-1).

Green­wich earned most of its points in the dis­tance events.

Sopho­more Mari Noble took the 1,600 (4:59.25) in the rain Wed­nes­day and won the 3,200 (10:42.58) by

12 sec­onds over GHS team­mate Caro­line Webb.

“I was happy with the

3,200. It was good to have a day to re­cover and run in dry con­di­tions,” Noble said. “When I came to Green­wich High, I had no idea I’d be able to have this level of

suc­cess. I’m ex­cited about the State Open and the na­tion­als (in Greens­boro, N.C., 10 days af­ter the Open).”

Green­wich’s Zoe Harris was Class LL champ in the

800 in 2:14.24.

“I de­cided to­day to go out fast. At 400 me­ters, I just de­cided to go and go,” said Harris, who has also qual­i­fied for na­tion­als. “I was de­ter­mined to get to the fin­ish line. I wasn’t go­ing to be dis­ap­pointed.”

Ridge­field ju­nior Emma Langis set a new record of

44.12 in win­ning the 300me­ter hur­dles. She will try to de­fend her State Open ti­tle in the event next week.

“I’ve had to fight back from a hip frac­ture early in the year. So win­ning in record time is a great mo­ment,” Langis said.

On the boys side, there was a trio of dou­ble gold medal cham­pi­ons.

McMa­hon High se­nior Justin Forde cap­tured the long jump (23-feet-6.50) in the rain Wed­nes­day. He added the triple jump Thursday, break­ing the meet record set in 1994 at

50-feet-1.25.

Chris Pi­gatt of Ham­den High took the 100 dash

(10.87) on Wed­nes­day. He added the 200 (22.12) on Thursday.

New Bri­tain High se­nior Chaz Wil­liams — run­ning on his home track — edged NFA ju­nior Osar­entin Osagie at the wire while cap­tur­ing the 110-me­ter hur­dles

(14.91) and the 300 hur­dles (39.03).

“I knew Osagie would push me. I knew noth­ing was guar­an­teed,” Wil­liams said. “As a se­nior, dou­ble gold medals are great. The legacy of New Bri­tain HS hur­dles is renowned.”

Other Class LL boys cham­pi­ons Thursday in­cluded Fair­field Prep’s Azaan Dawson (800,

1:57.22), Wil­bur Cross’ Travis Martin (1600,

4:20.85) and Manch­ester fresh­man Ai­dan Puf­fer

(3200, 9:10.13).

Other Class LL girls cham­pi­ons Thursday in­cluded Trum­bull’s Hai­ley An­gelucci (javelin, 128-09) and Southing­ton’s Trin­ity Cardillo (dis­cus, 118-4).

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