MERIDEN –—There weren’t many wins to show heading into Wednesday’s annual Platt-Maloney track meet at Platt High School, but the rivals put together a pair of entertaining competitions that both went down to the wire.
Perhaps appropriately, the Silver City teams split. The Maloney girls won 86-59, while the Platt boys prevailed 78-63 behind a winning 4x400 relay team that proved to be the difference.
These were the first wins of the season for both victorious squads.
The Maloney girls’ win was their eighth in a row in the annual meeting. The Platt boys’ victory was their second in a row in the CCC South-Colonial matchup.
“This was a big win and we really needed this one,” Platt boys coach Bob Angiletta said. “It’s tough when you lose because your ego goes down, but this was a big win for them, especially against the cross-town rivals.”
Platt’s 4x400 team of Dominic Colite, Theo Watkins, Aiden Annino and Ian Agnew finished the meet in 3:57. The meet was tied heading into the race.
“I was pacing myself throughout the whole time,” Agnew said shortly after running the decisive anchor leg. “I knew Maloney had to make up ground and I had to pace myself to the end. I just turned it on in the last curve. I had to turn on the jets. This was the first win of the year and we really wanted it.”
Lorenzo Sanson was a triple-winner for the Panthers. He won the 100 meters (11.53), triple jump (35-3) and high jump (5-8).
“I think he’s a great athlete and I’m happy he came out for the team the last two years. He did a great job for us today,” Bob Angietta said.
Sanson also ran a leg on the victorious 4x100 team along with Cameron Fox, Tyler Johnson, Royal Watkins (44.95).
Watkins also won the 200 (23.00) and Colite took first the 100 hurdles (19.50).
The Panthers also did some major damage in the throws. Julio Hernandez won the shot put (40-7) and the discus (112-5). Fellow senior Chase Bessler was tops in the javelin (143-0).
On the Maloney side, Dominic Oliveri won three individual events and was a part of a successful relay.
The junior teamed with Andrew Debose, Jack Flores and Jaden Myles to win the 4x800 in 10:21. Individually, Oliveri won the 800 (2:18), 1,600 (5:20) and pole vault (8-6).
“We did what we had to do today,” Oliveri said. “This is such a fun meet. There is so much adrenaline and everyone wants to beat their crosstown rivals. It’s good competition.”
Other winners for Maloney were Johnny Sauri in the 300 hurdles (46.43), Debose in the 400 (53.31), Jack Flores in the 3,200 (12:52) and Kuron Wiggins in the long jump (17-2).
In the girls meet, sophomore Morgan Kicklighter was the Spartans’ lone double-winner. The distance specialist won the 1,600 (6:10) and the 3,200 (15:59).
The Spartans also won a pair of relays. Anne Bekasi, Coralis Soto, Charlise Levesque and Lauren Matias capped the meet with a win in the 4x400. The time wasn’t available following the meet.
Soto, Levesque, Kicklighter and Annelise Montuori won the 4x800 in 13:29.
“I was very pleased with the team,” Levesque said. “We were going back and forth and it was really close this year. We knew this was going to be really close.”
Other winners for Maloney included Jylosdet Davila (100 hurdles, 19.50), Anesa Brown (300 hurdles, 50.96), Levesque (800, 2:39), Bekasi (high jump, 4-10), Mychael Gallaher (javelin, 89-2) and Shanice Smith (discus, 96-11).
“We definitely had that effort I was expecting,” Maloney coach Don Askew said. “The girls did a great job. They did what they were supposed to do and not get out-worked, and they didn’t get out-worked today. I’m very happy.”
On the Platt side, senior Lizzie Garlock and junior Briana Phillips each won two events apiece.
Phillips, who is just back from a foot injury, won the 100 (12.22) and the 200 (26.40). Garlock was best in the long jump (16-5) and the triple jump (34-6).
Garlock just learned the triple jump this week and she made a state-qualifying mark in her first time in competition.
“It’s sad that this is my last Platt-Maloney meet,” Garlock said. “I love this rivalry. It’s been so much fun over the last four years.”
Phillips and Garlock teamed with Daniela Sevilla and Jaliz Cordero to win the 4x100 in 52.82.
Cordero snagged gold in the 400 meters (1:07). Also for Platt, Nadia James took the pole vault (7-0) and Aaliyah Burnley claimed first in the shot put (31-9½).
“The girls team is small, but the girls who score, score a lot,” Platt girls coach Chantal Plisko said. “They are really good at their events. I have several state qualifiers who are in every single meet. The girls that are here and dedicated are doing great. We are trying to grow the program.”
This is the last year this meet will be held on the current Platt and Maloney tracks. For the 2019 season, both Platt and Maloney are projected to have new tracks in place. Construction is expected to begin in late July or August and wrap up by Thanksgiving.