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By Senior Correspondent Marty Ogden, Editing and Graphics by Ron Knapp

Saturday was a busy day in Connecticut track and field. The Org-Jake Spartan Invitational, named after legendary former Amity coaches Bob Orgavan and Thom Jacobs, took place on the track where the pair trained so many outstanding athletes. Amity boys won the team title and Naugatuck was the high scoring team in the girls’ events. 

Boys Events

Amity overcame a challenge from fellow SCC rival Hamden, scoring 119 points to 97 for the Green Dragons. Lyman Hall took third with 69 points. 

A big chunk of Amity’s points came from the relays as the Spartan swept the 4x100m (43.40), 4x400m 3:27.75 and 4x800m (8:22.33) and qualified for New Balance Nationals Outdoors Rising Stars in the two shorter relays. Micah Blair is currently the second best triple jump in the state, winning the event with a distance of 44 -7, only 10-inches less than his season best. Daniel Kim also won the 300m hurdles in 41.64. The senior is shooting to break the 40-second mark and has a best of 40.43, which is third best in Connecticut this spring. 

Although slightly wind aided, the 100m saw three of the top six times in the state this  year. Hamden’s Camren Kemp (10.87) plus Jonathan Law’s Gabe Garnett (10.95) and Shane Pritchard (10.98) all qualified for the NBNO Rising Stars race. 

Kemp’s teammate Christopher Hergott is better known as a long jumper having taken 2nd last year at the State Open and sweeping all CT post season championships this winter. He has added the 200m to his list of possible events, running 22.12, ranked 4th in the state this spring. He also won his speciality with a distance of 21-9.75.

Youth is on the rise in the distance events. It seems like every big meet has an underclassman squeezing out a victory or popping off a big time. Thomas Conklin has been a quiet contributor in some strong Lyman Hall relays the past two years. Now a sophomore, he is starting to make a name for himself in the individual events. He has won eight of nine 800m races he has run to date, including two previous invitationals. He held off a challenge from Class LL 1000m champion, Tyler Bartlett of Fairfield Ludlowe, who was also 5th in New Englands last spring. Conklin won in 1:56.23 with Bartlett exactly a half second behind with the sophomore qualifying for NBNO Rising Stars for the first time. But right behind the pair was Alexander Medina of Hamden who ran 1:58.41, the 26th fastest freshman in the…

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