By Senior Correspondent Marty Ogden, Editing and Graphics by Ron Knapp
The Rockville boys defended their NCCC Outdoor Track and Field Championship title by scoring an incredible 206 points in the 13 team conferences with Suffield taking second place with 142.66. The girls championship featured the Suffield girls moving up from 5th place last year to dethrone the defending champions Rockville by a narrow score of 129.5 to 126.25 points.
Girls Championship Highlights
Olivia Mathews, an All State soccer player at Suffield, tried track for the first time since middle school and accomplished one of the toughest triples. She ran a leg of the runner-up 4x800m relay and then was pushed to a win in the 1600m in 5:19.48 by All State cross country runner Stephanie Burzynsk of Somers who finished second in her PR time of 5:23.96. With only the finals of the hurdles and 100m dash as recovery time, Mathews returned to win the 400m in a meet record and PR of 58.38.
Heidi Storey was also a double-event winner for Suffield with her first-place finish in the triple jump (33-9) clinching the tournament title. She also won the long jump (16-6) and ran a leg of the 3rd place 4x100m.
Rockville’s Lily Hollworth cracked into the state’s top 10 in the javelin with a winning throw of 115-0. She also took 2nd in the shot put and discus throws to add 26 points to her team’s total.
Ellington’s Jalena Martin defended her titles in the 100m and 200m, winning the shorter event in 12.81 and the longer event in 26.32. She also ran a leg on her second place 4x100m.
Boys Championship Highlights
Rockville boys swept all three relays and Cameron Washington ran a leg of the 4×100 in their meet record time of 43.78, won the 100m (11.05) and claimed the 200m title in 22.22.
Suffield’s Avery Cipcic, a pentathlon All-American, is now tied for the 6th fastest time in CT with his 110m hurdle win with a time of 15.24. He also won the high jump with a meet record 6-6 making the 3rd best height in the state and finished with his 22-8 long jump PR and meet record, which now ranks him 5th this season in CT.
Cipcic’s teammate Griffin Mandirola, the State Open cross country runner up, won the 1600m in 4:24.04 and returned for the 3200m title in 9:44.54 after helping his team to a third place finish in the 4x800m to start the meet.
Results by Ellington Timing are available from Athletic.net at https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/509544/results/all
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