Indoor track: Tyler Gleen wins New England title

Trumbull High representatives had a great day as three Eagles set two new school records, all three events recorded their best times ever, and Tyler Gleen came away with a championship plaque at the New England Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on Feb. 28.

The 4x800 meter relay team of Dylan McEniry, Tyler Rubush, Taylor Auten and Gleen broke their own school record set the prior week by over three seconds. McEniry (2:01), Auten (2:01) and Gleen (1:56.5) all recorded their best splits ever in the event 4x800, The race was very fast and the 8:00 finish was good for eighth, missing a medal by a second. Danbury took the title in 7:55.

Prior to the season, the THS school record was 8:12 which the boys brought down to 8:06 at Yale, 8:03 at the State Open, and now 8:00. They will have one last chance to break eight minutes at the National Indoor meet in two weeks at the Armory in New York City.

Their time in Boston was the fastest ever recorded by an Eagle quartet, indoors or outdoors.

Last year, as a sophomore, Gleen finished fourth in the 600 meters at this meet and was the only underclassman among the medalists. Rodney Agyare-May won the Massachusetts state championships in 1:18 in January, so Gleen knew he would have his work cut out for him. His time last week at Hillhouse was 1:20.75, his best time ever.

Agyare-May went out hard from the start, leading Gleen by about a second after the first lap. Gleen started to catch up a bit as they neared the 400 meter mark, passing the start line in 52.5 seconds, perhaps a half second behind.

Over the last lap, he reeled Agyare-May in moving into the lead on the last turn, while a second runner moved up on Gleen's shoulder, making for a three-man race.

All three were close together on the final straightaway with Gleen holding about a one-meter lead.

In the final few meters, Agyare-May made a last attempt to overtake Gllen as they hit the finish line together in a photo finish. In a very exciting result, it was Gleen taking the crown by .03 seconds, with a time of 1:19.89, a new school record, and the second fastest time in the U.S. this year.

The final race of the day for Trumbull was the two mile with Kate Romanchick competing for the Eagles.

She was the 13th seed going in and set a goal to see if she could make the top 10, and get her best time ever. At the mile mark, Romanchick recorded her fastest first half of a race ever as she was at 5:27 and in about 11th place. She started to move up in the second half of the race, passing several runners and holding off a charge in the final straightaway with a big finishing kick to take 8th place overall.

Her time was 11:09, which converts to 11:06 for 3,200 meters her best time ever by over four seconds. She was the third Connecticut finisher in the race, moving up from her fifth place showing at the State Open.

Gleen, Romanchick and the 4x800 team will be next heading to Nationals.