By Owner/Editor 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.
Saturday February 10th Class L Championships – 10:00 am
Defending Champions Boys Class L: Xavier 74, Runner-up:Windsor 68
Projected Top Boys Teams: Amity, Bethel, Hillhouse, Windsor, Xavier
Defending Champions Girls Class L: Windsor 82, Runner-up: E.O. Smith 77
Projected Top Girls Teams: Cheshire, E.O. Smith, Hall, Shelton, Windsor
Class L Events to Watch
Fans are forewarned to make sure to be on time for the 10:00 am start of the meet on Saturday since they will not want to miss the 4x200m that features the the CT #1 Windsor team with a sub 1:30 seed time. Windsor is also featured as the CT#1 seed in the final event, the 4x400m with their 3:26.55.
If the recent SCC Championship results are any indicator then the Xavier Falcons are primed to extend their championship team title to a third consecutive win with their well balanced attack in sprints, distance, field and relays. But they will have to maximize their opportunities in the distance events to hold off Windsor, Hillhouse, Bethel and Amity, each with their own strong events.
Bethel features the CT#1 sprinter in the 55m dash with Luke Richardson’s seed of 6.48 is only a hundredth of a second ahead of Xavier’s Stylz Mitchell.
Fans won’t want to miss the prelims of the 55m hurdles that is highlighted by the CT#2 and CT3# ranked Sam Forte (Xavier) and William Gibson (Hillhouse).
Like the other class meets, coaches enter everyone who has qualified and then make the meet day decisions of where to contend and where to scratch. This meet is no different in that the distance…