Trumbull, St. Joe's compete at CIAC divisional track finals

The Trumbull High and St. Joseph boys and girls indoor track teams took to the New Haven Athletic Center for competition in the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference divisional championships.

For the Eagles, the boys and girls teams competed in the CIAC class LL championships held Monday afternoon. The boys team finished the event tied with Xavier High School for 12th overall and grabbed 12 points. Danbury won the class LL boys championship by taking home 71 points. Close by was Staples High School as they took second with 66 points. Ridgefield placed third overall with 49 points and Hamden took fourth with 37 points.

The THS girls had quality finishes, but didn’t register a point in the team scores during the class LL meet. Overall, Glastonbury finished with the CIAC gold and 77 points. Only seven points away was Staples in second place. Taking the bronze was Danbury with 64 points and Ridgefield netted fourth with 47 points.

The Cadets girls track team finished the class M championships tied with Jonathan Law High School for 16th place and netted six points. The boys team didn’t tally a point on the team scores. Overall, Tolland won the class M girls track championships with 102 points. In second was a tie with Hillhouse and Windsor, as they both scored 67 points. Career Magnet ended the day fourth with 32 points.

On the boys side of the class M finals, Hillhouse won the championship on its home turf, scoring 92.50 points. Weston finished with the silver and 67 points, while Ellington ended the day third with 42 points. East Lyme netted the fourth place finish with 37 point.

For Trumbull, no one was better than sophomore Tyler Gleen, as he captured the championship in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:22.98 and just beat out Ridgefield’s Johnathan Keating, as the Tiger took the silver with a time of 1:23.04.

The Eagles added two more points during the 55-meter hurdles, as senior Andres Gomez crossed the finish line fifth overall with a time of 8.65 seconds and just edged out Norwalk’s Brendan Brown, who ended the day six with a time of 8.68.

Competing in the 4x400-meter relay, the THS foursome of Gleen, junior Dylan McEniry, freshman Tyler Rubush and sophomore Colin McLevy finished seventh overall and posted a time of 3:42.87, less than a second away from Norwalk in sixth.

Another Trumbull relay team finished the boys 1,600-meter sprint medley in the top 10, as McLevy, Rubush, McEniry and Gleen finished 10th overall with a time of 3:59.61. McLevy also fared well in the boys long jump, as he ended the day 13th overall with a distance of 19-02 1/2.

Junior Taylor Auten finished the 1,000-meter run 11th overall with a time of 2:46.94 and was mere inches away from 10th, but Hamden’s William Atticus King finished with a time of 2:46.25.

Shane Romanchick finished 27th in the 3200 with time of 10:30 and Mitch Vechitto placed 36th in a time of 11:02.

The St. Joseph girls team also netted a bunch of points during the class M championship.

During the 4x400-meter relay, the group of junior Jada Harris, junior Christina Sylester, senior Alexandra Quatrella and senior Mariah Provenzano ended the event fourth overall with a time of 4:17.26, two seconds better than Woodland’s fifth-place team.

The Cadets scored its final two points in the shot put, as senior Andrea Galeano threw a distance of 32-04 1/4 and finished fifth on the day, missing out on fourth place by three inches. Also competing in the event was senior Julia Spinelli, as she ended the day 14th overall with a distance of 29-08.

In the preliminaries of the girls 55-meter hurdles, Harris, who won the FCIAC championship a week earlier, took second with a time of 8.91. However during the championship of the event, Harris was disqualified for a hurdle violation. Harris was also scratched for the 300-meter dash event later in the day. Senior Maddie Daly also competed in the 55-meter hurdles and finished eighth overall with a time of 9.58.

While Harris was out of the 300-meter dash, St. Joe’s Provenzano competed and finished with a top 10 time, netting eighth overall with a time of 43.98.

Other local athletes raced well during the divisional championships. For the Trumbull girls team, freshman Ashley Storino had a 10th place time of 3:17.91 in the 1,000-meter run, while teammate Krystyna Kryzanski finished 18th in the event with a time of 3:29.74.

Storino, joined by teammates senior Harleigh Kaczegowicz, senior Bridget Weston and junior Haley Mocker, competed in the girls 1,600-meter sprint medley relay and finished seventh overall with a time of 4:39.76.

Also taking seventh was senior Meghan Malloy, as she entered the high jump and finished with a height of 4-08. Weston also competed in an individual event, finishing the long jump 16th overall with a distance of 14-05 1/2.

For the St. Joseph boys team, Nick Zannis competed in the 1,000-meter run and finished the day eighth overall with a time of 2:48.92 and just missed out on seventh, as Suffield’s Justin Walch crossed the finish line with a time of 2:48.55.

In the boys 1,600-meter sprint medley relay, the foursome of senior K’Tory Cobb, senior Kyle O’Brien, junior James Mas and Zannis took home 12th overall with a time of 3:57.67.