Indoor track: Trumbull impressive at two venues
The Trumbull High indoor track team competed in two events over the weekend, starting with the Alpha Owl Invite Friday night at Southern CT University and finishing Saturday in an FCIAC Developmental meet at Staples-Westport.
Overall the Eagles totaled nine new Class LL qualifiers, five for the FCIACs, and posted numerous personal and season bests, including a new school record.
At the Alpha Owl meet, the team took three first places and nine total top six places.
In the 55 meter dash, Gessica Scaccia and Haley Mocker led the way taking 6th and 7th in the preliminaries out of 95 entrants. That moved them to the semifinals, where Scaccia moved up to 3rd with a personal best time of 7.78 seconds. Mocker was sixth in 7.85, also a personal best.
In the finals, they maintained their positions as Scaccia ran 7.79 for third and Mocker improved to 7.83 for sixth.
On the boys side, Dylan Wong led the Eagles placing 24th in a time of 7.23 seconds.
In the girls high hurdles, all four Trumbull runners reached the FCIAC standard. Isabella Richardson ran a PB of 10.48 to take 12th overall. Sara Carlson placed 17th in 10.60, Abigail Johnson was 20th in 10.68 with Bhavya Bhushan 21st in 10.69.
The top boy runner for Trumbull was Mick McLeod with a season best time of 10.25 for 17th.
Kate Romanchick took one of the team's top spots in the meet, placing first overall out of 70-plus competitors in the girls 1600 meter run in a meet record time of 5:23. She ran the second half of the race faster than the first half to win 7 seconds ahead of the second place finisher.
Taking 6th place was Ashley Storino with a time of 5:43 while Maggia Loschiavo was 9th in 5:47. Both were State LL meet qualifying times. Sophia Hopwood and Francesca Esposito reached the FCIAC meet standard running 5:52 and 5:58, respectively.
On the boys side, Taylor Auten and Charlie Taubl both achieved the FCIAC standard taking 10th and 11th overall in 4:50.
The boys 1000 meter run was a highlight for the team as Tyler Gleen and Tyler Rubush placed first and second, ahead of 81 competitors. Gleen took the lead after 600 meters and never looked back, breaking the school record with a time of 2:39. That time is the 5th fastest in the state so far this season. Tyler Rubush also broke the old school record, running 2:40 and with a terrific final 25 meters overtook two runners.
The Eagles were strong in the 4x400 meter relays with the girls placing second and the boys coming away with a win.
The girls team of Storino, Scaccia, Stephanie Kokenos and Mocker ran 4:30, another LL qualifying time. Mocker's anchor leg of 62 seconds sealed the deal, passing three runners on her leg to gain the runner up spot.
On the boys side, Rubush, Dylan McEniry, Auten and Gleen combined to run 3:39 for the win. Gleen's anchor leg of 51 seconds was the fastest of the day as the team achieved the LL qualifying standard in the relay.
In the field events, Trumbull was led by Nicole Baker who placed 6th in the shot put with a throw of 30-1. Mocker continued her strong performance at the meet, jumping a season's best 14-6 in the long jump to reach the LL standard.
Competition for the team continued Saturday morning at Staples against seven FCIAC foes.
Top performances for the Eagles included wins in the boys 4x240 meter relay and the sprint medley relay, both with LL qualifying times.
In the short realy, Rubush, Gleen, McEniry and Colin McLevy combined to run 2:02.
In the sprint medley, Rubush led off the three-lapper, with McEniry and Dylan Wong running a lap (160 meters), and Gleen anchoring to run 4:02.
Romanchick and Nicole Baker had the other event wins for Trumbull. Romanchick ran the 1000 in 3:19, a personal best, while Baker threw the shot 28-6 to take top honors.
Sophia Hopwood placed 5th in the 1000 meter run with a time of 3:32.
Also taking 5th was Jonathan DeMelo in the 1600 running a time of 5:19.
Kate D'Amato was 5th in the shotput throwing 24-7.
Taking 6th was Abigail Johnson in the 50 meter high hurdles running 9.91.
Also placing 6th for the Eagles were Sara Carlson and Erica Woolen clearing 4-4 in high jump.
Trumbull had two 7th place results on the day, as Seth Simon ran the 600 meters in 1:38 and Dylan Koury ran the 3200 meters in 11:53.