By SCC Correspondent Ellis Gill, Editing and Graphics by Ron Knapp, Photos courtesy of Al Carbone
For the third year in a row, the Falcons from Xavier ended the day as champions becoming the first team to win three championships in a row since the 04’-06’ Amity teams. Xavier used its massive depth and talent in multiple events to secure the win. The Falcons scored 128 points, a SCC meet record. The boys from Lyman Hall left it all out on the track as they came away with the runner-up spot, scoring an impressive 85 points. Rounding out the top five scoring teams of the 18 total teams were Hillouse (53), Amity (40), and Shelton (26.5).
Xavier was able to secure gold in seven out of the fifteen events on the day. Stylz Mitchell cruised to victory in the 55m, breaking his own school record with a time of 6.49, which is now ranked second in CT. Mitchell also took second in the 300m.
Jack Ouellette had a huge day for the Falcons. He ran a personal best in the 1600m, running 4:17.14 to break the meet record held by Jay Kolseus of 4:20.35 from 2006. He then came back to win the 3200m in a time of 9:42.82. Oullette was also named the runner of the meet as voted on by the coaches.
Owen Martin came away with the victory in the 1000m, running 2:33.95. Hunter Feitel won the pole vault with a height of 13-6. The Harkins brothers had a great day in the shot, taking the top two spots. Jacob won with a throw of 49-2, and Lucas took second with 48-6. Xavier’s first gold of the day came in the 4x800m where they ran 8:27.01.
An example of the competitiveness in the 55m hurdles this year, Xavier’s Sam Forte ran 7.67 in the prelims but Hillhouse’s William Gibson came away with the win after being third in the prelims. He ran a time of 7.68, which is currently the CT #3 time with Forte at #2 in CT and ranked 8th in New England.
Other notable medalists included:
Michael Fisher of Lyman Hall won the gold in the 300m, running 35.70. Lyman Hall had several other solid performances on the day. Timothy Conklin won the 600m, finishing in 1:24.58 while brother Thomas came away with the silver medal in the 1000m. Lyman Hall also excelled in the relays with victories in the 4x200m (Owen Rich, Fisher, Aaron Rich and Timothy Conklin), 4x400m (Fisher, Owne Rich, Timothy and Thomas Conklin) and silver in the 1600m SMR.
Besides Gibson, Hillhouse also had a strong performance from Khalil Antoine who won the high jump with a meet record height of…