Individual Athletes Win Multiple Events at Indoor Track Championships

While no local indoor track teams won their conference or state class championships or finished particularly high in the State Open, there were a significant number of individual male and female athletes and relay teams that captured events at each competition.

Among male athletes, two competitors won their events at both the conference and state class championships. RHAM junior Michael Browning captured the shot put at both the CCC Championships and Class M Championships, winning with throws of 54-10.25 and 56-07.75. South Windsor senior Patrick Bell won the pole vault at both the CCC and L Championships. Bell vaulted 12-06.00 in the first competition and exactly 13 feet in the second.

Browning capped of the championship trifecta by winning the shot put at the state open with a throw of 53-03.25.

While no female won an event at both their conference and state competitions, Ellington junior Sydney Schultz won the 600 meters at the NCCC Championships and 1000 meters in Class M. Schultz recorded times of 1:45.23 and 3:06.51. At the State Open, Sydney finished fifth in the 1000 in 3:04.85.

Besides Browning and Bell, there were eight local individual male winners between the CCC, NCCC, and state class championships. There were three runners who won events at states. At the LL Championships, Enfield junior Joel Steward captured the 55 meter dash in 6.54, while Glastonbury junior Andrew Rison outpaced the competition in the 300 dash, running a 36.46. In Class S, East Catholic senior Evan Kennedy won the 600 meters in 1:24.44.  There were then five athletes who won events at their conference championships. At the CCC Championships, Tolland sophomore Killian McNamee won the 1600 meters in 4:34.29. A little later on, Glastonbury senior Eric Colleran won the long jump with a leap of 20-05.25. At the NCCC Championships, Ellington junior runner Joshua Stone won the 300 in 38.14, and Suffield sophomore Jared Sharp was victorious in the 1000, finishing in 2:37.53. Finally, Ellington senior Joshua Prouty won both the 55 meter hurdles and pole vault. He ran a time of 8.46, and then vaulted 11-6.00.

A number of these males also had great performances at the state open. Steward was third in the 55 dash, running a 6.56, and Rison was fifth in the 300 in 36.14. Kennedy placed seven in the 600 with a mark of 1:25.03. Finally, Prouty leaped to seventh in the pole vault with a finish of J13-00-00.

Besides Sydney Schultz, there were five females who won individual events at their conference championships. At the CCC Championships, Glastonbury senior Erin McGill won the 1000, and Tolland sophomore Tianna St. Louis won the high jump. McGill won with a time of 3:07.40, while St. Louis beat her opponents with a jump of 5-06.00. At the NCCC Championships, Suffield’s Karissa Santino and Cameron Shaw won the 1600 and pole vault, and Ellington’s Megan Knowling was champion in the high jump. Stanio, a sophomore, won in 5:40.96, while Shaw, a senior, vaulted 8-6.00. Knowling, a senior, jumped 5 feet to win the high jump.

Knowling and St. Louis vaulted to fourth and fifth at the State Open with marks of 5-04.00 and J5-04.00.

Ellington’s Savanna Macaluso broke through to have a memorable performance at the State Open. The senior finished fourth in the 55 hurdles with a time of 8.62.

Throughout the conference, class and State Open championships, a number of relay teams performed outstanding, with a few winning championships. Glastonbury’s 4×800 meter relay teams won at both the CCC Championships and State Open, with different lineups. The Tomahawks 4×800 squad, consisting of Madison McGraw, Brittany Anderson, Casey MacElhiney and Angela Braga, won the conference in 10:19.13. A few weeks later, the quartet of Kaylen Hughes, Braga, Grace Sparrow and McGill took the State Open 4×800 in 9:21.45. In the Class M Championships, the Tolland girls captured the 1600 sprint medley competition, as Lindsey Papa, Marissa Airoldi, Madison Clark and Katelyn Bedard ran a time of 4:23.46.

Ellington’s boys relay teams dominated at the NCCC Championships, winning three of the four major ones. In the 4×200, Kyle Wardrop, Daniel Broding, Nicholas Sivo and Baylen Kidd outpaced the competition in 1:40.31. In the 4×400, the Knights team tied with Suffield for first in 3:48.82. This team featured Daniel Meaney and Connor Cahill as well as Wardrop and Broding. Meanwhile, Suffield’s 4×400 group of Jacob  Arciszewski , Alex Cotnoir, Joey Lavalla and Brett Mockallis was right there with EHS. Finally, Ellington won the 1600 relay in 3:57.69 with Wardrop, Meaney, Broding and Preston Aldrich. On the other hand, it was Suffield’s relay groups in control on the girls side. The Eagles 4×400 relay of Emily Bernabe, Anna Casinghino, Katherine Platt and Cameron Shaw won in 4:32.44, and the 4×800 team of Bernabe and Platt as well as Karissa Stanio and Halley Young finished first with a mark of 10:53.52.

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