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

Fairfield Ludlowe ran away with their first FCIAC Girls Outdoor Track and Field championship by defeating late charging New Canaan by a score of 102.5 to 88 at Danbury HS on Tuesday afternoon. While in the boys championship, Greenwich defended their title from last year with four teams close behind within 7.5 points. The Cardinals won the 4x400m to push their total up to 92 points, with Trumbull taking the runner-up spot with 86. Danbury was a point out of second place scoring 85 points with Ridgefield only a half point from the Hatters. 

Girls Championship Highlights

Wilton’s Jill Roberts scored 30 of her team’s 31 points by winning the 100m in 12.56, the 100m hurdles in 14.81 and finished with a PR in the 300m hurdles with a time of 46.32. The senior who will attend Duke University next year is now ranked top four in Class L in all four events. 

Esme Daplyn (Greenwich) had a busy day on the track as she used her kick to win the 1600m (5:00.23) and 800m in 2:15.52. She completed her day gamely trying to add more points to her team total by taking 7th in the 3200m. 

The title “Queen of the Jumps” was claimed by Fairfield Ludlowe’s Tia Stapleton. The senior who will attend University of California San Diego next year won the high jump at 5-4, long jump at 16-11.5 and triple jump at 36-3.5. She brought home nearly a third of her team’s winning total. 

If you were only paying attention to the track events, you might have missed New Canaan creeping up in the standings. The runner-up team scored 55 points in the throwing events, led by double winner Gabriela DeFelice. She won the shot put in 38-9.0 and discus in 131-7. Sophomore Lauren Smith set a Pr to win the javelin with a throw of 116-7 This throw currently ranks her 5th in CT. 

Boys Championship Highlights

Greenwich’s Gianluca Bianch will be tough to replace next year when he moves on to Princeton University. The senior has been an integral part of the success of the Cardinals track and field program this past several seasons. He led his team to a repeat victory by winning the 400m in 48.24 and the 200m in 22.06. He then concluded his day by helping his team to a runaway victory in the 4x400m with a season best time of 3:23.26. 

Steven Hergenrother (Ridgefield) was almost perfect on Tuesday. He stayed in the pack and used a late surge to win both the 1600m (4:25.04) and 3200m (9:21.33) races. In the 800m he and…

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