Steeplechase: Trumbull led by Charlie Taubl

Owen Hopwood, Charlie Taubl, Matthew Seuch and Chris Lapore competed at the CIAC steeplechase event.

The Trumbull High  boys track team had a strong outing at the CIAC steeplechase in New Britain. Charlie Taubl took sixth place overall to medal in the 3000-meter championship event.

“It was a great way for Charlie to finish out his track career at Trumbull High,” said coach Jeff Klein. “He has been the heart of our distance team in cross country, indoor and outdoor track for the last several years. He always gives it his all and this race was no exception. It was a great way to finish up and become the first Trumbull runner to place at the state championship event.

“He raced well from the start, overcoming a runner in the last lap to move into medal position and then held on at the end to finish with a time of 10 minutes and 21 seconds. That is a school record, breaking the time set in an earlier heat by Eagle sophomore Chris Lapore of 11:01. The winner of the race was Alexander Korczynski from Windham in a time of 9:45.”

Lapore placed 20th. Sophomore Owen Hopwood took 27th and junior Matthew Seuch was 30th.

“In the 2000, sophomore Matthew Collins took the early lead in the fastest heat of the event for emerging runners, before finishing 11th overall with an excellent time of 7:18,” Klein said.

“These boys stayed a few extra weeks after their regular track season ended to train and compete in the steeplechase event. They handled the difficult heat conditions well and had a terrific end to their season.”

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