Glastonbury Girls Indoor Track Wins Class LL Championship

The Glastonbury girls indoor track team continued their legacy as one of the state’s most successful programs by winning the Class LL Championships this past Monday. The Tomahawks won with 77 points, 7 ahead of runner-up Staples-Westport.

The Tomahawks trailed 69-67 heading into the final race, the 4X400-meter relay. The Tomaahwks, who entered the relay with the fastest seed time, came through when it mattered most. The team of Morocca Wiley, Kathryn Hastings, Sabrina Glaser and Mara Cosentino left Staples in the dust with a five-second victory (4:09.93).

“Entering the race, we knew we had to finish fourth or better to finish ahead of Staples,” Glastonbury coach Brian Collins said. “Our goal was to get off to a good start and continue from there, and we were able to do that. Each girl opened up the gap between us and the other teams and expanded the lead a little more.”

The Tomaahwks performed outstanding both individually and as an entire team. They qualified in 15 events and scored in 10. The relays earned a large batch of points, with the 4x8oo winning by four seconds and the 4×200 finishing third. Senior Kaitlyn Hebert was Glastonbury’s top individual performer, who won the 1,000 (3:01.50) and was second in the 3,200 (11:40.16) and ran on the 4X800 team. Junior Kristin Hughes finished third in the 3,200 (11:48.34) and fourth in the 1,600 (5:21.44) and ran in the 4X800. In the field events, senior Heather Day finished third in the pole vault (8-06) and junior Sarah LeClair was fourth in the high jump (5 feet).

“I thought all our guys performed great,” Collins said. “We had a lot of different athletes contribute, and a couple had their best performances of the season. I told the guys before the day started that things weren’t going to come down to one race. It was going to be about what we did the whole day.”

Collins praised Hebert’s performance in the 1,000.

“Kaitlynn had a perfect race and did what she had to do to win. She was able to push out in front after the first two laps and opened it up from there. She’s worked really hard to put herself in position to accomplish this, and I’m very proud of her.”

Outside of Hebert and Day, almost all of the Tomahawks athletes were juniors. Collins said the class has done a great job of growing up in the program and will continue to get better.

This year’s championship, Glastonbury’s first since 2012, is the program’s seventh LL crown in the past decade. Collins said he has arguably never seen another squad more excited to win.

“It was very special for all of them, especially the ones who had never experienced winning a championship. Some of their expressions were phenomenal to watch and their excitement couldn’t have been higher. I’ve never seen so many kids checking their teammate’s times.”

Glastonbury is hoping to finish in the top five or six teams at this year’s State Open, which will be held on Saturday the 21st. It finished ninth in last year’s Open.

 

 

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