Tolland Girls Outdoor Track Wins Class MM Championship

By Danny Atkinson 

The Tolland girls outdoor track team won its sixth straight state class title in dominating fashion Wednesday, scoring 100 points to win the Class MM Championship at Willow Brook Park. The Eagles won five individual events, and finished 21 points ahead of runner-up Avon.

“We had a tremendous performance at the Class MM championship,” Tolland head coach Corey Bernier said. “Any time you can score 100 points at a state meet you will win 99% of the time. In addition to the 5 event wins, we had a balanced scoring throughout the day. Being top three in all 3 relays was also a major factor. The thing I am most proud of is that a point total like we had takes an entire team effort. At Tolland, it’s all about team.”

Tolland was led by seniors Kat DeLoreto, AmyErin Zadroga and Hayley Collins. DeLoreto won the 800 and 1,600 meter runs, while Zadroga captured the pole vault and javelin. Collins outraced the competition in the 3,200.

Deloreto won the 800 and 1,600 in times of 2:19.31 and 5:06.09. Zadroga leaped 11 feet in the pole vault, tying a championship record, and tossed the javelin 121-09. It was the second consecutive year he won the javelin at a championship, as Zadroga won at last season’s Class M event. Collins captured the 3,200 while setting a personal-best time of 11:02.13.

“Kat and AmyErin were tremendous. When you can win two individual state titles it is quite an accomplishment”, Bernier said. “It got a little warm in the middle of the meet which can be tough on a distance runner . Kat ran smart though, and really gutted out the win in the 800. AmyErin tied the meet record in the vault and won the Javelin on her last throw. The day before, she was at the oral surgeons due to an infection. Her face was swollen with fresh stitches. It was a gritty performance. Haley was also great, it was a good time to run her fastest 3,200 ever.”

Tolland helped secure its championship by finishing top three in the 4×100, 4×400 and 4×800 meter relays. The 4×100 team (srs. Massita Camera, Anyssa Poirier, Jessica Barry and Taylor Papa, jr. Maddie Clark, fr. Sierra Dutton) finished third in 51.15. The Eagles 4×400 team (Deloreto, Clark, Poirer, jrs. Megan Enman and Phoenix Grover, so. Kaitlyn Bedard, fr. Olivia McCarthy) finished second in 4:07.84. Finally, the 4×800 team (Bedard, McCarthy, Collins, srs. Sidney Perryman, Michaela Caron, Brooke Bonadies) flew to a third-place finish in 9:58.13.

Senior Jessica Barry was third in the javelin with a toss of 112-08.

Bernier reflected on the amazing run of success his Tolland program has experienced and what distinguishes this year’s squad.

“Six in a row is truly amazing and never something you plan for as a coach. The thing that stands out with this team is their respect for the program and their desire to represent what the past athletes have helped build. They respect the tradition. For a school our size to maintain this is quite special. Hayley Collins, Kat DeLoreto and Sidney Perryman have actually won 12 state team titles in their careers, which is really just wild to me.”

Tolland will compete in the State Open on Monday at Willow Brook Park. The Eagles finished third in last year’s Open behind Bloomfield and Windsor. Bernier expects the team to perform well in the event and is hoping for a high finish.

“The Open is Bloomfield’s to lose, they have assembled one of the best teams in CT history. Our goal is top five. We have a few events we can score quite well in. To be in the top ten at the Open is a big deal.”

 

 

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