Boys track: Trumbull frosh excel at Hatter Invitational
Closing out their first season of outdoor track, an energetic group of Trumbull High freshman boys took second to Fairfield Ludlowe out of ten teams at the Hatter Track Invitational in Danbury on May 26.
The Eagles scored 88 points in a meet that featured both FCIAC and non-FCIAC schools and gave freshman a chance to compete only against their peers to see how they stacked up at the end of the season.
“We had strong results across the board, as we scored in quite a few events,” coach Nick Banks said. “It took a real team effort to take second place as we had only one event win but many solid scoring efforts.”
The Trumbull victory came in the 3200-meter run, as Chris Alegi took first with a time of 10:46.
He was doubling back from a fifth place effort in a fast 1600 meter race.
Also placing in the 3200 was Owen Hopwood, who took sixth to add to the Eagle point total.
The 800 meter run added nine points.
Tejas Kulkarni placed second and Jake Ferreira took sixth.
The 300 meter intermediate hurdles was another strong event.
Nigel Hayes was second with a time of 49.33 seconds and Josh Cappello placed fourth.
Rounding out the scorers in individual track events was Alec Cylwik, who placed sixth in the 400 meter run.
The jumping events were very strong for the locals, as they placed well in three of the four events.
The triple jump was the top point event for the team.
Porter Mead placed second with a jump of 35-6, followed by Jack Theriault in third and Dylan Palinkas in fourth
In the long jump, Mead took another second with a leap of 16-9.75.
In a close finish, Theriault was fifth in 16-9.25.
In the high jump, Theriault was third after clearing 5-2.
Mead added to the point total taking fourth.
Also in the field events, Daniel Clark has his best toss of the year in the shot put, taking a close second with a throw of 35-6.
He also placed in the javelin, taking sixth place.
The final team points came in the relays.
The 4x800 team of Kulkarni, Ferreira, Cappello and Ian Connelly placed third.
The 4x100 relay team of Liam McEniry, Hugh Carlson, Nigel Hayes and Ryan earned eight team points with a second place finish.
In the final event of the meet, Trumbull took fourth place in the 4x400 relay on the strength of solid running from Cylwik , Damien Raptopoulos, James Dubreuil and Kulkarni.
“It was a great finish to the season for the ninth graders on the team,” coach Jeff Klein said. “It is an enthusiastic group, and we look forward to seeing them build on this very successful start of their track careers.”