Tolland Girls Outdoor Track Wins Fifth Consecutive Class M Title; Multiple Wins from Additional Athletes in M and L Championships

The Tolland girls outdoor track program won a record fifth consecutive Class M title in Tuesday’s Championship at Willow Brook Park in New Britain. The Eagles finished 32 points ahead of Weston.

They were led by seniors Julia Sprout and Caitlin Swanson. Swanson won the 1,600 and 3,200 meter races in times of 5:09.76 and 10:59.99, while Sprout won the 400 in 58.27. Sprout also ran on the winning 4×400 and 4×800 relay teams. The 4×400 team (senior Karissa Laramie, Sprout, sophomore Maddie Clark and junior Brooke Bonadies) won in 4:04.22, while the 4×800 team (junior Kat DeLoreto, freshman Kaitlyn Bedard, Bonadies and Sprout) ran a 9:41.85.

Sprout has won or participated in 10 victories at the Class M Championship during her career, while Swanson defender her 1,600 and 3,200 crowns from last season.

Junior Amy-Erin Zadroga was Tolland’s other winner, taking the pole vault title with a leap of 11 feet. Other strong performers for the Eagles include junior Jess Barry, who finished sixth in the 100 with a time of 13:15, and senior Taylor Hall, who was runner-up in the shot put with a toss of 36-11.

Elsewhere in the Class M girls competition, East Catholic finished fourth with 43 points behind senior Abby Gothers, who won the long jump with a mark of 16 and 1/4 inches. Senior Emily Dufresne and Alexis Bergamini finished fifth and sixth in the 300 hurdles for East Catholic with times of 49.40 and 49.66, while senior Celine Delice was third in the discuss with a throw of 101-3. Ellington was 10th with 28 points, and senior Megan Knowling was runner-up in the triple jump and fifth in the high jump with leaps of 35 and 1/2 and five feet.

A number of additional wins and strong performances occurred in the Class M and Class L boys and girls championships held at Willow Brook:

Class M Boys

Ellington finished third behind Northwest Catholic and Seymour with 60 points. Junior Wellington Silva was one of the top performers on the day for any team, winning the 100 in 11:07 and the 200 in 22:06. Junior teammate David Clavet was champion in the 3,200, finishing with a time of 9:35.95. East Catholic senior Nathan Procaccini was the winning shot putter, throwing the ball 46-5. Other top performers included junior Devin Shelton of Tolland, who was runner-up in the 200 and long jump with marks of 22:53 and 21-9 and was third in the 100 in 11.19, junior sidekick Josh Bedard, who finished second in the 800 in 1:58.07 and fourth in the 1,600 in 4:32.45, and Ellington junior Thomas Arbeiter and senior Joshua Prouty. Arbeiter was third in 1,600 (4:32.12) and Prouty fourth in the pole vault (11-6).

Class L Boys 

Manchester finished runner-up behind Wethersfield with 69 points. Senior Philip Quaye was the team’s lone winner, taking the high jump with a leap of six feet and four inches, but a number of additional Indians had memorable days. Sophomore Jevin Frett was runner-up in both the 200 and 400 with runs of 22.05 and 48.91 and fellow sophomore Joseph Pearl was fourth in the 800 in 1:58.29. Junior Israel Adesina finished third in the 110 hurdles with a sprint of 15.52. Seniors Michael Agyeman and Jahkeem Hawes finished third in the long jump and triple jump, respectively with leaps of 21-3 and 44 and 3/4 inches.

For other squads, South Windsor senior Michael Stoker was third in the 3,200 in 9:36.48 and RHAM senior Ben Haas was fourth in the pole vault with a mark of 12-6.

Class L Girls

South Windsor senior Kaitlin Bakas finished second in the 800 and fourth in the 1,600 with times of 2:20 and 5:14.42.

 

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