Boys track: Trumbull Eagles post long-awaited victory
The Trumbull High boys track team defeated Staples, 80.5 to 69.5, for the first time in 15 years on Tuesday.
Coach Nick Banks and the rest of the coaching staff was thrilled with the victory. "To say that this was a long awaited accomplishment would be a gross understatement,” Banks said. “We have had some close contests over the years, but we were finally able to break through this year due to our depth and high level performances."
Assistant coach Shawn Tait thought the team had a shot this year, but was cautiously optimistic. "We knew that if our best guys performed the way that we knew they could, we would have a legitimate shot, and all the pieces fell into place," he said.
Assistant coach Bill Gadus said: "That all of our line-up moves worked and I was very pleased with how our athletes performed today."
The Eagles once again relied on their jumping events, scoring 24 out of a possible 27 points against the Wreckers.
Jack Jones placed first in the long (20-9), triple (41-10) and high jump (5-8) for the triple victory.
Colin McLevy (19-4/39-2)and T.J. Coughlin (17-1/38-3) helped sweep Staples in the long and triple, with second and third place finishes respectively.
All New England runner Tyler Gleen took home victories in the 400 (50.0) and 800 (2:01).
Robert Allen was first the discus (120-8), and Andrew Bont in the javelin (134-5).
The Eagles also competed against the Danbury Hatters, who continue to steamroll the competition in the FCIAC, defeating Trumbull 109.5-40.5.
Assistant coach Jeff Klein said, "Danbury is one of the best and most consistent programs in New England and to have some degree of success against them is a real accomplishment."
Trumbull holds a 7-1 record and will complete the regular season against Bridgeport Central, Harding and Bassick at home on May 16.