Plenty of area athletes take first place at indoor track state championships

Published on Saturday, 15 February 2020 18:15
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NEW HAVEN – The indoor track championships wrapped up on Saturday, and a number of area athletes claimed gold medals.

New Britain, Southington, Bristol Central and Terryville all boasted athletes that finished atop the podium over the weekend, with Southington’s Trinity Cardillo claiming her second straight state title.

Stella Ofei shined for New Britain at Thursday’s Class LL state championships, winning the 55 meter dash with a top time of 7.37. She also took fourth in the 300 meter dash to complete a dominant day.

The Hurricanes’ boys also had a notable performer in the same events as Ofei, as Senior Baijeon Bookal took second in the 55 meter dash and fourth in the 300 meter dash. Tarik Hetmayer came in eighth place in the long jump, while Yoskar Rosas-Perez finished ninth in the pole vault.

Southington finished ninth at the LL state championships, and boasted a state champion in Cardillo, who won her second straight state title in the shot put with a throw of 43 feet, 7.5 inches. Teammate Sydney Garrison finished in second in the high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 2 inches, and came in 16th in the long jump.

The Blue Knights also boasted a pair of top-10 finishes in the 1600 meter run, with sophomore Jacqueline Izzo placing fourth and junior Grace Michaud taking ninth. Michaud also came in ninth place in the 3200 meter run.

In the pole vault, junior Alexah Zackynski placed fifth for Southington, while Ella Shamus-Udicious and Kayla Markette tied for 10th.

On the boys side, Anthony Penta came in 10th in the 55 meter dash, while Lucca Riccio took eighth in the 1600 meter run. Aiden Chesanow shined in the pole vault with a second-place finish, while Ryan Andrews and Matthew Geary took fifth and sixth, respectively, in the shot put.

Bristol Central’s relay teams enjoyed strong finishes in Saturday’s Class L state championships, with the girls 4x200 meter relay team of Mia Hinton, Christine Attle, Emma Stone and Rebecca Litwinczyk taking ninth place, and the same group took eighth in the 4x400 meter relay. The 1600 sprint medley team of Hinton, Litwinczyk, Stone and Natalia Popielarz came in eighth place as well.

The Rams’ boys 4x200 meter relay team of Ramon Ambert, Galen Hickey, Ryan Krompegal and Xavier Browne came in third place, while the 4x400 meter relay squad of Hickey, Ambert, Krompegal and Jose Ramirez took second place. The 4x800 relay team shined the brightest for Central, as Mark Petrosky, Austin Freve, Nate DeAngelo and Ramirez finished in first place with a time of 8:11.02.

In individual competition, Popielarz took seventh place in the girls 1000 meter run, while Kaiya Alexander grabbed third in the shot put with a throw of 36 feet, 3 inches. For the boys, Ambert took third in the 300 meter dash, while Ramirez finished in second place in the 600 meter run. The 1600 meter run was loaded with Central representatives, with Petrosky taking second, DeAngelo third and Francis Porrini eighth. DeAngelo didn’t stop there, winning the 3200 meter run with a time of 9:38.44.

Hickey also took third in the long jump to round out an all-around solid afternoon for the boys team, which finished in second place overall.

Bristol Eastern also had notable finishes in Class L, with Avery Braccia coming in third in the girls 1000 meter run and Jacob Woznicki taking ninth in the boys 600 meter run. Two boys relay teams finished in the top 10, with the 4x400 relay group of Joseph Hardin, Benjamin Johnsky, Dante Marciano and Woznicki finishing in eighth place, and the 4x800 team of Seth Anderson, Nicholas Provenzano, Johnsky and Logan Crowley taking ninth place overall.

Staying in Class L, Newington’s Olivia Mullings grabbed third place in the girls 300 meter dash with a time of 42.61, and the girls 4x200 relay team of Savannah Gallagher, Maya Leonard, Mullings and Reagan Pelton came in fifth place. In boys competition, Sam Geisler took sicth in the 3200 meter run, while Kolby Barnes claimed a seventh-place finish in the long jump.

In Class S, Terryville’s Chris Deforest won the boys 3200 meter run with a time of 9:49.68, while sibling Kaitlyn Deforest finished in 11th place in the girls 1600 meter run.

Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington on Saturday, 15 February 2020 18:15. Updated: Saturday, 15 February 2020 18:17.