By Ron Knapp
The Shoreline Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships took place Friday evening at Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven. Two meet records were broken as the Cromwell boys gained the title over perennial power Haddam-Killingworth and defending champion Coginchaug. The girls championship saw Old Saybrook return as the top team over defending champion Lyme-Old Lyme and Coginchaug in the 12 team conference.
The Cromwell boys avenged a 2-point loss to Coginchaug last year scoring 106 points with Haddam-Killingworth a close second place with 100 points. The Panthers balanced scoring across track and field events included 7 victories led by two PR efforts from Daevyon Lovelace in the 55m (6.81) and the long jump (20-0.5). They started with a season best time of 8:40.37 in the 4x800m from John Drew, Patrick Monahan, Colin Monahan and Dylan Bathrick. Bathrick came back later to win the 1000m in 2:40.24. A short time afterwards, Bathrick combined with Alexander Abdelghany, Hashaaz Andrade and Lucas Witkowski to win the 1600m relay in 3:48.88. The finals of the 55m hurdles also netted a win from Hashaaz Andrade in his PR of 8.46. Rashan Rankins leapt over 5-8 to secure the win in the high jump.
In a meet record toss of 53-10.5, Aidan Chittenden of North Branford earned his PR and a current CT#5 ranking.
The 600m featured a CT#4 winning time of 1:24.21 by Portland’s Samuel LaMalfa. He also combined with Erik Medvecky, Kylon Martinez and Noah Decker for a season best time of 1:37.43 to win the 4x200m relay.
Hale Ray’s Matthew Kraszewski also had a productive night as he earned victories in the 1600m (4:44.02), the 3200m (10:25.97) and the 4x400m in a season best 3:45.18 with Nathan Parker, Aaron Allen and Griffin Kelly .
The Old Saybrook girls returned as conference champions scoring 109 points to narrowly defeat defending champion Lyme-Old Lyme with 97 points and Coginchaug with 90 points. While the Rams scored in 12 of the 15 events their only two gold medal efforts came from Lauren Dobrantz in the finals of the 55m hurdles with her PR time of 9.14 and Rose McNaughton in the shot put with a toss of 31-8. Dobrantz also scored in the high jump (2nd) and the long jump (3rd). Carlina Castro also had a busy night in the distance events with three silver medal efforts in the 1000m, 1600m and 3200m.
While Lyme Old-Lyme was without the services of their distance ace Chase Gilbert they still…