By Senior Correspondent Marty Ogden, Editing and Graphics by Ron Knapp
After exciting competition in the recent conference championships, state athletes now look to improve their performances to attain team and individual honors in the CIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in LL, S, L, and M this week.
CIAC Class Championship competition starts on Thursday 2/8 with Class LL at 4:30pm at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in Hillhouse High School in New Haven. The competition continues Friday with Class S in the afternoon at 4:30pm. The championship competition concludes with Class L on Saturday morning at 10:00am followed by Class M on Saturday afternoon at 4:00pm. All meets are slated to start track and field events simultaneously.
Athletes will compete for individual and team honors as well as for the opportunity to qualify for the CIAC State Open Championships on Saturday, 2/17/2024 at the Floyd Little Athletic Center starting at 12:00pm.
Boys Defending Champions: Hall 96, Runner-up: Greenwich 38
Projected Top Boys Teams: Danbury, Greenwich, Hall, Hamden, Manchester, Staples
Girls Defending Champions: Glastonbury 89, Runner-up: Greenwich 61
Projected Top Girls Teams: Darien, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Manchester, Ridgefield, Staples
Class LL Events to Watch
With records broken almost yearly in the other events, the shot put has been almost stagnant over the past 20 years until Gary Moore’s record breaking 64-4 state record throw at the Class L championships two years ago. Moore’s success seemed to have shown CT’s throwers how to reach the next level. It used to be that anyone that threw over 55 feet would dominate the State Open and now there are four boys over the mark, including Norwich Free Academy’s Chris Amy who just took 2nd at the ECC Division I meet behind Thomas Matlock’s 60-9.75 throw. There are only seven boys who have gone over 60 feet in state history and Amy’s throw of 59-8 just missed that mark. If he can duplicate or even surpass that performance, look for John Wlasuk’s record of 59-6 to be broken. Amy is currently 9th nationally and 8th all time in CT history.
If you have followed Jon York’s results at the end of any season, Just about any fan of the sport would want his accomplishment. But how he gets there has been filled with disappointments and heartbreak. He has been totally devoted to the sport and has been running cross country in the fall to get ready for track season for four years. But…