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.
Saturday February 10th Class M Championships – 4:00 pm
Defending Champions Boys Class M: East Lyme 54.33, Runner up: Tolland 49
Projected Top Boys Teams: East Lyme, Ledyard, Lyman Hall, Tolland, Weston
Defending Champions Girls Class M: Hillhouse 82, Runner up: Bethel 43
Projected Top Girls Teams: Hillhouse, Joel Barlow, Ledyard, Mercy, New Fairfield
Class M Events to Watch
In the Class LL preview, it was mentioned that the boys shot put has been relatively stagnant for many years. While most class records are only 10- 20 years old, Mario Marreo’s meet record of 60-10.75 has lasted 44 years. Thomas Matlock of East Lyme has already thrown 61-8.75 and gone over 60-feet two times this season. While it will take a supreme effort, Matlock is only a junior and has an entire year to improve to break that mark. As an indication of the depth in the shot, Tristan Smith of Masuk has already gone over 55-feet this season, a distance that is usually guaranteed a win. But not this year.
Weston’s Cameron Miles and Tolland’s Colby Bornstein both led the state in the 1000m for a short time earlier in the season. Miles ran a fantastic 1000m in December on the banked track at The Armory and Bornstein came back a couple of weeks later to run a few tenths faster on UConn’s flat track. If the pair push each other, either one could take over the state lead.
Another Class M record that could go down is Hillhouse’s time of 3:28.29 in the 4×400 relay that was set in 2019. It might be a tall order because while CLICK HERE to Read the Full Original Article at RunnerSpace News…