By SCC Correspondent Ellis Gill, Editing and Graphics by Ron Knapp
Exciting performances under perfect weather on Tuesday highlighted the Southern Connecticut Conference Outdoor Track and Field championships at Bowen Field in New Haven.
Girls Championship Results
Expectations of a close chase for the team title were met that featured exciting competition from start to finish. The two teams expected to duel for the top spot were in the mix all day, but in the end, Shelton took home the team title amassing 85.5 points on the day as Hillhouse gained 74 for the runner-up spot. The top five teams included Sacred Heart Academy (71), Cheshire (68), and Daniel Hand (59) in the 20 team conference.
Shelton secured five first place finishes on the day, out of the 18 contested events.The Gaels were powered by Audrey Kozak who took home the gold in three of those five places. Kozak took first place in the 100m (12.54), 200m (25.49), and also the long jump(19-0). Her mark in long jump places her as CT #1 this season as she heads into the Class L meet next week. Even though she has been limited this outdoor season, Hannah Andrejczyk had a strong performance in the 3200m, finishing first place in a time of 11:16.08, edging Juliette Forstrom (Sacred Heart Academy) in 11:18.32. The final Shelton victory of the day came in the high jump, as Susan Proto came away with the win, clearing 5-feet.
Maya Quaranta of Sacred Heart Academy had a big day to help the Sharks finish third overall. In the discus, she set a personal record of 115 -11 to win the event, and also had a personal record in the shot put with a toss of 39-3 to take her second gold of the day. Both of these marks place her as the top seed headed into the Class M meet next week.
Cheshire earned four first places led by Squirrel Lanz who took first in the 300m hurdles in a time of 44.78. Her first leg of the 4x400m team helped the RAMS take first place in a time of 4:05.38. Alexa Ciccone was the gold medalist in the 1600m finishing in 5:07.58. She also helped the 4x800m team secure a victory in 9:37.48 that moved them to a #3 rank in CT this season.
Other notable gold medalists included:
The expectation for a hotly contested 400m was exceeded as Marie Kane of Mercy sped to a personal best time of 57.92 ahead of a talented field where eight of the top nine finishers also set PRs with the top four under 59-seconds.
Lucy Moran of Branford cruised to her win the in 800m with a time of 2:15.97, which also has…
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