BHS’s Veleas, Mroczkowski earn third state crowns

BHS’s Veleas, Mroczkowski earn third state crowns



With the spring season on the horizon, winter athletes at BHS have wrapped up their postseason runs.  

For BHS wrestling, Daniel Veleas won the Class M state championship in the 145-pound weight class. The win marked his third straight state title and  placed him in the State Open.

Joining Veleas at the Open were teammates Max Schlein (220) and Sebastian Malespini (170), who placed in the Class M tournament, earning second and third place, respectively.

Both Malespini and Schlein were unable to compete in the Open due to injury, but Veleas continued on with teammates in support, making it all the way to the finals, where he fell just short of winning it all.

In track, Berlin’s Patricia Mroczkowski also won a third straight Class M championship, in the high jump. In the process, she broke a 19-year-old Class M record with a jump of 5 feet, 6 inches.

The UConn-bound jumper went on to win the State Open, where she had placed in the Top 5 the past two years.

BHS track and field athletes found plenty of success elsewhere in the Class M meet, notching Top 6 finishes in five events. Most notably, sophomore Noelle Konior placed second in the 55-meter dash.

However, the biggest story of the meet came from Berlin’s sprint medley relay team. The foursome placed fourth in Class M, narrowly qualifying for the Open.

There, the ninth-seeded relay placed second, logging a 9-second drop for a new personal best.

Heading into nationals, all eyes were on Mroczkowski, and she did not disappoint. The record-setting high jumper went on to place seventh, while setting a new school and state record with a jump of 5 feet, 8.25 inches.


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