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By Senior Correspondent Marty Ogden, Editing and Graphics by Ron Knapp


After a weekend of track and field action at the Floyd Little Athletic Center, eight team champions were crowned and 120 individual or relays were declared state champions. All the action wrapped up on Saturday night with the CIAC Class M Championships where premeet favorite Lyman Hall boys held off East Lyme by a score of 79.5 to 53 and Ledyard took third, ten points out of the trophies. Hillhouse repeated as champions on the girls side, collecting 50 points and holding off New Fairfield who had 43 points and won their first state plaque in indoor track. Avon surprised many by scoring 42 to take third. 

The Lyman Hall boys team has looked strong since the first meet of the season that continued Saturday as they departed the meet with four wins and points in eleven of the 15 events to claim their 4th Class title and 2nd in three years. Their first win was one of the most impressive. Weston’s Cameron Miles, last year’s Class M 1000m champion, moved down to the 600m and battled Thomas and Tim Conklin for the win. Thomas Conklin not only got the win, he and Miles broke Tiemarcie Ramos’ Class M record, running 1:22.81 and 1:23.03. Timothy finished third to give the Trojans 16 points in this one event. Owen Rich contributed ten points by taking the 55m hurdles in 7.88 and Michael Fisher took home the gold medal in the 300m, running 35.54. 

These four superheroes joined together like the Justice League to finish off the meet in a dominating fashion winning the 4x400m by four seconds over Weston with a time of 3:30.34. 

East Lyme scored the bulk of their points in the distance events, but there was one notable exception in the field. Junior Thomas Matlock crushed the meet record in the shot by over two feet, taking down Mario Marreo’s 44 year-old meet record with a heave of 63-00.25. The distance is not only the third farthest throw in state history, it is also ranked #3 nationally, just over 3 feet behind Dillon Morlock of Ohio’s national leading throw of 66-4.5.

East Lyme’s other wins came when Sam Leone, Jilali Benjdid, Finian Gates and Kai Ritz joined together to win the 4x800m in a time of 8:18.53. Sean McCauley, the Class MM 3200m champion last spring earned his second state title, running the state’s leading time of 9:22.88. This will make him the #1 seed going into next week’s State Open. 

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