By Senior Correspondent Marty Ogden, Editing and Graphics by Ron Knapp
The Shoreline Conference is the oldest standing athletic conference in the state dating back to the 1930’s. And after all these years, the Cromwell boys team won its first track and field title by defeating Haddam-Killingworth, the defending champion, by an overwhelming score of 124- 88 with Coginchaug taking third only five points back. In the girls championship, Old Saybrook moved up from 4th last year to take the title over Coginchaug 141.2 – 124. Lyme-Old Lyme finished third with 107 points in the 12 team conference.
Girls Championship Highlights
Old Saybrook’s Avery Rueckert can now easily be called the fastest Shoreline girl in Conference history. She not only swept the three sprints, she did it in convincing fashion. First she broke Kedarjah Lewis’ two-year-old meet record in the 100m, crossing the line in 12.40. After winning the 400m by about a second in 58.44, she set her second meet record in the 200m, finishing in 25.44.
Adding more points to the Rams’ winning total was senior Abigail Colella who won the 300m hurdles in 46.64. She also finished second in the 100m, was part of the winning 4x100m and the second place 4x400m relay teams.
Old Saybrook and Coginchaug became the first two teams at the conference meet to break 50-seconds in the 4x100m relay.Talia Bauer, Rueckert, Sanai Baker and Colella won the event in a time of 48.81 with the Blue Devils taking second in 49.86.
One of the most accomplished runners in the history of the Shoreline conference was Coginchaug’s Jessica Drop, class of 2016. She was a State Open and New England champion in high school and then became a multiple time All-American while competing for the University of Georgia. Fast forward to this year as freshman Chase Gilbert of Lyme Old Lyme eclipsed Drop’s 1600m record, becoming the first Shoreline girls under 5:00 in the conference meet, winning in a time of 4:57.59. She continued her dominating performances by winning both the 800m (2:18.48) and 3200m (11:36.93).
Coginchaug’s Elizabeth Sorensen dominated the throwing events winning three gold medals. She started the day breaking 100ft for the first time in the javelin, winning with a distance of 112-7. She also claimed the shot title with a mark of 32-9.0 and won the discus with a toss of 108-1 providing her team with 30 points to add to their runner-up finish.
Also winning two events was defending Class S pole vault…
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