Trumbull posts personal bests at North Shore Invitational
The Trumbull High boys and girls indoor track team kicked off their season on a high note at the North Shore Invitational meet at the Armory in Manhattan on Dec. 19. The Armory is one of the top indoor track facilities in the country and the athletes took advantage to get the season started on the right foot.
"It was a great way to start the season and we hope is an indicator of more great results to come," said coach Jeff Klein. "All of the coaches were very pleased with the effort from the team.”
The Eagles came home with 26 FCIAC qualifying results, 19 Class LL qualifiers, a first place and a third place in events, as well as a near school record and a time that is currently No. 2 in the country. Overall most of the 40 competitors came home with personal bests in their events.
The meet kicked off with the boys 3200 meters and Jack Tinker was out aggressively and in the lead from the first lap. He went through the 1600 meters in an impressive 5:04 and hung on to finish with a large personal best of 10:33 and an FCIAC meet qualifier.
Mitch Vecchionne went out in 5:06, finishing with a very strong last lap to run 10:20 (a PB for indoor) and qualify for both the FCIAC and state meets.
Next up was Charlie Taubl in the seeded section of the 3200. He ran an indoor PB to place 12th overall with a time of 10:14, likewise qualifying for both championship meets later this season.
The girls came next running the 3000 meters, which is the distance they run in N.Y. state.
Kate Romanchick, running her first ever indoor race, took advantage of the competition in the seeded section to run an impressive 10:47, well under the FCIAC and state qualifying standards. She finished 8th overall in the meet, just missing out on a medal.
The unseeded heat followed, with freshman Maggie Loschiavo, Sydney Adams and Kayley Fasoli competing for the Eagles. Loschiavo and Adams ran neck and neck throughout, with Loschiavo pulling a bit ahead in the last lap to run 11:48. That time was good for 21st overall in the 3000 and was a qualifying time for both FCIACs and the state meet (by .01 seconds).
Adams finished in 11:53, good enough to qualify for the FCIACs. Fasoli just missed qualifying with a time of 12:10.
The boys 600 meters was next on the track and the results were outstanding.
Tyler Gleen, coming off his state championship sophomore season, came out of the gate fast running 26 seconds for the first lap to sit in third, moved up to second at the 400 (53.6 seconds) and then ran away from the field with an very impressive last lap for the win.
Gleen’s time of 1:21.93 was a PB, the second fastest time in the US so far this season, and missed the THS school record by only .14 seconds.
Next up in the 600 meters was a heat with both Dylan McEniry and Tyler Rubush competing from THS.
They both ran very well, going through 400 meters in 55.4 seconds, and finishing strongly to run 1:28.4 and 1:27.4. Rubush finished 10th overall while McEniry was 20th. Both times were PBs and easily qualified both for the FCIACs and states. Also running were Matt Pryor and Seth Simon, who just missed qualifying for the FCIACs with PBs.
The Eagles’ lone entry in the girls 600 meters was Haley Mocker. This was her first time running the race and she did well, finishing in 1:48 to also qualify for the FCIACs and state meet.
Taylor Auten led the boys 1000 meter runners, finishing in 2:47 to place 29th overall in the event and likewise meet the standard for both the state and FCIAC meets.
Ashley Storino got her season off to a terrific start, besting her top performance from last year as she ran 3:15 for a PB. That was well below the FCIAC and state qualifying times and placed her 15th overall in the meet.
Fran Esposito, marked her return to indoor track after a two-year hiatus running 3:31 in the 1000 to just miss the FCIAC standard while placing 53rd.
The boys 300 meters had the most THS participants of the day and the boys did well with five FCIAC qualifying times and three state standards met.
The trio of Gleen, McEniry and Rubush came back strongly from their earlier 600 race to all qualify for both championship meets. Gleen ran a PB of 36.93 to place 13th overall, McEniry ran 39.08 for 53rd and Rubush finished in 39.34 for 68th.
Qualifying for the FCIACs with strong runs were Dylan Wong in 40.02 and Matt Pryor in 40.03. Just missing the FCIAC standard were Larry Zhang, Latrell Margraff and Seth Simon, who all ran in the 41-second range.
The girls also had three runners in the 300 meters qualify for both the FCIAC and state meets.
Mocker came back well from her 600 meter race to place 26th overall with a time of 44.37.
Gesica Scaccia ran 45.55 for 50th and Erica Woolen ran 46.91 for 73rd.
Just missing the FCIAC performance level were Stephanie Kokenos in 48.47 and Sara Carlson in 48.82.
The last event of the day on the outer oval was the 1600 meters for boys and 1500 for girls.
Vecchionne ran his second strong race of the day, finishing well to run 4:54 in the 1600 to lead the boys with an FCIAC qualifying time. It was also his indoor track PB.
Romanchick was in the fast heat of the 1500 and used that to her advantage to run her best time ever. Her 5:04 equates to about a 5:23 1600, faster than her prior best in outdoor track by three seconds. This is particularly impressive given it was her second race of the day. She just missed a medal placing 7th overall, while easily qualifying for both the FCIAC and state meets.
Adams also had a strong second race of the day, running 5:27 to qualify for the FCIAC meet, while missing the LL standard by only a second.
Loschiavo ran 5:33 to also qualify for the FCIAC while Sophia Hopwood ran 5:39 to narrowly miss the mark.
Inside the oval, THS was led by its 55 meter high hurdlers.
Isabella Richardson ran 10.78 while Abigail Johnson reached 10.93. Those were just short of the FCIAC standard.
Olivia Okorafor ran the dash in 8.51 to also narrowly miss out on qualifying.
The field events were led by Colin Mclevy on the boys side. He opened by jumping 19 feet 2 inches in the long jump to place 18th and also qualify for both the FCIAC and state meets.
While the triple jump is an outdoor event in CT track, it is not part of indoor track in the state. NY however does have the event in indoor and Mclevy placed 10th overall with a PB of 39 feet 11.5 inches.
For the girls, Mocker jumped 4 feet 4 inches in the high jump narrowly missing the FCIAC standard.
The last event of the day proved very exciting for the Eagles, as Nicole Baker closed out the meet with a great performance, throwing 31 feet 9 inches in the shot put for a large PB. She was third overall in the meet to earn a medal, easily achieving the FCIAC and LL meet qualifying standard.
Trumbull's next meet is at Wilton on Wednesday, Dec. 30, against FCIAC teams in a developmental meet.