Bloom­field dom­i­nates on way to boys’ ti­tle

The News-Times - - SPORTS - By Dan Nowak

NEW BRI­TAIN — Head­ing into the CIAC State Open boys meet on Mon­day, Chet El­lis of Sta­ples, both­ered by ten­dini­tis in his knees, hoped to muster a height of 6 feet, 2 inches in the high jump and place some­where in the top six.

“Go­ing into it, if I did a 6-2 I was go­ing to call it a day,” El­lis said.

As the day wore on, El­lis started feel­ing bet­ter and when he did 6-2 he felt pretty good. El­lis even­tu­ally got to 6-8, and when he jumped 6-10 to clinch the win, he de­cided to go for the state record.

On his sec­ond at­tempt, the large crowd that gath­ered to watch him jump cheered as he cleared 7 feet,

0.5 inches to set the record. “This was not some­thing I thought I would do to­day, es­pe­cially with the ten­dini­tis,” El­lis said. “At 6-2 I was pre­pared to call it a day. But I felt good enough to con­tinue.

“Once I con­tin­ued I fought through it, felt a lit­tle bet­ter and I knew I could win it. But to break the record, that is some­thing spe­cial. It re­ally hasn’t sunk in yet.”

Justin Forde of McMa­hon ended up sec­ond with 6-8.

Bloom­field used its depth to come away with the team ti­tle with 108 points. Hall was sec­ond with 43 points fol­lowed by Xavier (30), McMa­hon (28), Green­wich

(27) and Hill­house (26). Lead­ing the way for Bloom­field was Aaron Williams who won the shot put (55-6.75) and team­mate Ni­cholas Camp­bell was sec­ond with 55-3. They also came in 1-2 in the dis­cus with Camp­bell win­ning

(154-5) and Williams tak­ing sec­ond (150-9). Mal­colm Beck­ford won the 200

(21.72), Bloom­field won the

4x400 re­lay (3:21.75) and Sean Dixon-Bodie con­trib­uted with a sec­ond place in the long jump with 22-5.

“What our throw­ing crew did to­day is what they’ve been do­ing for us all sea­son,” Bloom­field boys coach Garfield White said.

“All our ath­letes came through for us and they did a great job. This is a great team win for us and now we’ll be head­ing to the New Eng­land meet (Satur­day at Thorn­ton Academy in Saco, Maine).”


Wil­bur Cross kicked off the boys meet by win­ning the 4x800 re­lay in a meet record in 7:47.20. Travis Martin ran the last leg and surged ahead the fi­nal 50 me­ters to get the win. Also run­ning were Nas­sa­iah Betancourt, Mo­hammed Hus­sain and El­liot Faulkner.


A close race was ex­pected in the 1600 with Trey Cormier of Hall the top seed with a seed time of

4:17.77 and Rob­bie Cozean of Xavier the No. 2 seed with 4:17.81.

Cormier de­cided to be ag­gres­sive and took an early lead. Cozean did his best to stay close, but Cormier kept pulling away. Cormier kicked it in to an­other gear the last 200 me­ters and won in 4:14.24. Cozean ended up sec­ond in


“I thought Rob­bie would stay on me,” Cormier said. “I was sur­prised I had a good lead the first 100 me­ters. My goal was to just go hard at the start and have fun with the race. I didn’t know if it would end up be­ing a good or bad strat­egy, but it turned out to be good.

“For me it feels good, it’s a great feel­ing to get this win.”

Cozean re­bounded by com­ing away with a win in the 3200 in 9:10.97.


Ed­ward Williams of Sa­cred Heart wasn’t think­ing about any records in the 110 hur­dles. His fo­cus was to “just run my race.”

It was close the first 50 me­ters and then Williams surged ahead for an easy win in a state record 14.03. Richard Papa of Amity was sec­ond in 14.61 and De­shaune Poole of Hill­house was third in 14.62.

“I wasn’t fo­cused on the other run­ners, just on each hur­dle that was in front of me,” Williams said. “I was aim­ing for a record and get­ting the record is a dream for me. It’s an amaz­ing feel­ing.”


Poole wasn’t happy with him­self af­ter his third place

fin­ish in the 110 hur­dles and used that race as mo­ti­va­tion for the 300 hur­dles. Poole used his typ­i­cal late kick to take the lead with about 50 me­ters to go and won in 38.75.

“I took out my anger on the track in the 300 hur­dles for the way I fin­ished in the 110 hur­dles,” Poole said. “I took a look on my side, saw some run­ners close to me early on and just de­cided to go. It’s not my best time but it feels good to win and more im­por­tantly get my team some points.’


Derby coach Nick DiLuggo said Ja’Kwan Hale was fo­cused on run­ning a big race in the 400 at the State Open. Hale made his move with about 200 me­ters left and pulled away for a win in 48.52.

“I didn’t get out as fast as I wanted to, but the last 200 me­ters I knew I could pull out the win,” Hale said. “I feel so happy to get the win.”


In ad­di­tion to his sec­ond place in the high jump, Forde came away with wins in his bread-and-but­ter events. He won the long jump in 23-5.75 and won the triple jump in 50-2.


Jor­dan Davis of Shee­han won the javelin with a throw of 203-1, Hay­den Rovelli of Cogin­chaug won the pole vault (14-6) and Pierre Syl­vain of Xavier won the 800 in 1:54.62.

Arnold Gold / Hearst Connecticu­t Me­dia

Chet El­lis of Sta­ples clears 7’1/2” in the high jump for a state record at the CIAC State Open Out­door Track & Field Cham­pi­onship in New Bri­tain on Mon­day.

Arnold Gold / Hearst Connecticu­t Me­dia

Green­wich’s Zane Robinson-Nye (right) runs the last leg of the 4x100-me­ter re­lay to a win in the CIAC State Open Out­door Track & Field Cham­pi­onship on Mon­day in New Bri­tain.

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