By SCC Correspondent Ellis Gill, Editing and Graphics by Ron Knapp
On Tuesday May 23rd, the Southern Connecticut Conference will hold its conference championship meet at Bowen Field in New Haven with events slated to start at 12pm. There are many athletes to keep an eye on for their potential performances in this historically hyper competitive meet as a few teams eye on a team title.
Girls Championship Preview
With Sheehan taking home the team title the last two years, the league looks to have a new champion this year. Unlike the boy’s side, the girl’s meet is expected to be closely contested from the first event to the last. There are two teams who look to be competing for the overall team title, while two to three others could also be in contention. Hillhouse looks to find itself back in the winners circle for the first time since 2019. They will be riding the hot performances of many elite athletes in the state to help take the crown. Sacred Heart Academy will be a team who is seeking their first ever SCC title. Their extreme depth in the field events will a huge part of them contending for the title with Hillhouse. Other teams to watch out for will be Daniel Hand, Shelton, and Cheshire.
Sprints and Hurdles
The 100m and 200m are expected to be two of the very highly contested events on the day, with any number of girls having the chance to win. In the 100m, Leonaya Knox of Hillhouse, Audrey Kozak of Shelton, Imani Bryan of Career, and Marie Kane of Mercy are all expected to be in the mix to take home the gold.
There are three girls who come into this meet with sub 60-second seed times for the 400m. Julia Coric of Daniel Hand, Jada McCown of Hillhouse, and Leah Farrell of Cheshire will look to come out on top in the one lap race, but do not count out Marie Kane of Mercy who has run sub 60-seconds multiple times this season as well.
Towards the end of the meet in the 200m, Kane, Kozak, and Bryan will all be in play again, as will Kiera Baxter of Career, and Jada McCown of Hillhouse.
Leonaya Knox of Hillhouse, fresh off her state record breaking performance at the sectional meet, will look to improve on her sub 14-second time in the 100m hurdles. Laila Best of Career and Caden Simpson of Law will be looking to battle it out behind Knox. In the 300m hurdles, it looks to be a three girl race, as Macie Salado of Amity, Squirrel Lanz of Cheshire, and Caden Simpson of Law will push each over the 8 hurdle race, which could require a low 45-second…
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