INDOOR TRACK: Class L medals elude Maloney, Cheshire & LH

INDOOR TRACK: Class L medals elude Maloney, Cheshire & LH


NEW HAVEN — The Xavier boys and Windsor girls earned state indoor track team championships at Friday’s CIAC Class L meet at the Floyd Little Athletic Center. 

That didn’t leave too many spoils for the area athletes who were in the mix — the Lyman Hall girls and both teams from Maloney and Cheshire.

Maloney senior Anne Bekasi earned her team points by placing sixth in the high jump. Bekasi was one of six girls who cleared 4 feet, 10 inches. Winner Grace Stephens of Masuk and runner-up Chelsi Chevannes of Darien both topped 5 feet.

One of the more populated events for area athletes was the girls 55 meters. Seven locals qualified in the event and, while none reached the final heat, four did run under eight seconds: Cheshire freshman Kira Zawarich (7.78), Maloney senior Mychael Gallaher (7.79), Cheshire junior Ruth DelVecchio (7.94) and Maloney junior Dasia Mongillo (7.96).

Gallaher matched her school record with the 7.79.

In the same event, Cheshire junior Samantha Nowak ran 8.0 on the nose and sophomore teammate Sarah Capute crossed in 8.09.

Then there was Lyman Hall freshman Gabby LaLuna, who broke her team’s 55-meter record when she ran a 7.84 at the Last Chance Meet earlier in the week. On Friday, LaLuna clocked in at 8.58.

The 600 meters was also well represented by area schools. Cheshire junior Max Shafer placed in the boys race, finishing sixth in 1:28.62.

Two Maloney runners weren’t too far behind. Sophomore Andrew DeBose was ninth (1:29.32) and junior Dominic Oliveri 13th (1:32.00).

Maloney junior Charlies Levesque was eighth in the girls 600 in 1:47.10, while Lyman Hall senior standout Carly Jacobs was 10th in 1:48.14.

In other events Friday:

■Cheshire senior Jared Andrea was eighth in the 300 at 37.30 seconds. He also teamed with Shafer, senior Eric Sudhoff and sophomore Ryan Farrell for a seventh-place spot in the 4x400 (3:38.75).■Cheshire junior Francis Simpatico ran a 4:44.47 to finish eighth in the 1000 and Maloney sophomore Reynaldo Torres was 11th in 4:50.47.■The area’s top distance runner was Cheshire freshman Olivia Ferraro, who was ninth in the 3200 (12:20.91).


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