NEW HAVEN — One area athlete was in a league of her own. Others broke their own school records, yet had to settle for second place.
The difference between victory and second-fiddle was at turns chasm-wide and razor-thin at Tuesday’s SCC East Sectional indoor track meet at the Floyd Little Athletic Center.
The one area gold medal went to Sheehan senior Kyra Connolly, who won the pole vault by two feet in clearing 9 feet, 6 inches.
Of the handful of silver medals claimed by area athletes, two were the product of school-record performances.
Lyman Hall junior Michael Toppin lowered his own school mark in the 300 meters from 35.80 seconds to 35.69. That time, a national qualifying mark, still left him 0.28 behind winner Deshaun Poole of Hillhouse.
Sheehan’s girls 4x200 relay team of Amanda Castaldo, Clarisse Aminawung, Avery Winters and Julia Winters trimmed their school record of 1:52.07 to 1:51.68. That still left them two seconds behind Hillhouse.
The Academics went on to claim both the boys and girls overall team titles. The Sheehan girls placed second.
Toppin, meanwhile, wound up with two silvers on the day. He landed a 21-2½ in the long jump.
The girls on the Sheehan 4x200 relay also went on to do well individually. Mansfield, a senior, was second in the 300 at 43.66. Freshmen Aminawung and Winters had fourth-place finishes — Aminawung in the 55 hurdles (9.89 seconds) and Winters in the 300 (45.79).
Their Sheehan teammate, junior Olivia Dubuc, logged a second-place performance in the 600 meters at 1:42.15. In the 4x400, Amelia Mansfield teamed with Aminawung, Winters and Julia Mansfield to place second in 4:18.03.
That girls 4x400 race was won by Hillhouse, yet was an area showcase. Lyman Hall, the No. 5 seed, placed third at 4:32.04 and Cheshire, the No. 6 seed, was fourth at 4:33.27.
Carly Jacobs anchored the Lyman Hall team behind fellow seniors Ryleigh Shortell and Sidney Nilsen and junior Mikayla Durant. Jacobs was also fourth in the 600 in 1:46.90.
The Cheshire girls 4x400 featured sophomores Julia Hendrick and Kristen Daddi, freshman Hannah Merritt and junior anchor Caroline Campion.
The Rams also got big scoring from jumper Samatha Nowak. The junior was second in the long jump (16-0) and tied for third in the high jump (4-8). Also for Cheshire, junior Brendan Mellitt was second in the 3,200 (10:04) and sophomore Ryan Farrell second in the 1000 (2:47.09).
Senior Cyle Martindale added silver to the Sheehan cache, throwing for for 44-8¼ in the shot put. Connolly added a second in the high jump (4-10). Freshman Erin Brennan was third in the long jump (15-9).
Lyman Hall got a second-place finish from its boys 4x800 relay team. Eric Lipka and triplets Andrew, Luke and Zach Horobin, seeded No. 1 at 8:45, cut their time to 8:39.81 only to be overtaken by No. 2 Amity (8:38.41).
In the girls 4x800, Cheshire held seed and finished third. Elizabeth and Amanda Addesso teamed with Olivia Ferraro and Meghan Georgescu on a time of 10:43.44.
It was the start of a strong day for Georgescu. Only a freshman, Georgescu was third in the 1,600 (5:38.36) and 3,200 (12:26.12).
Other area athletes scoring for their teams Tuesday:
■Cheshire: Junior Francis Simpatico was third in the 1,600 (4:45.58) and senior Jared Andrea was fourth in the 300 (37.17). Also fourth: junior Sean Cangione, who threw for 42-9 in the shot put. Among the girls, senior Ruth DelVecchio was fifth in the 55 hurdles (10.21) and sixth in the 55 dash (7.90). Freshman Emma Lepisto was right behind DelVecchio in the hurdles, taking sixth in 10.41. Campion was sixth in the 600 (1:49.86) and Ferraro finished fifth in the 3,200 (12:31.71). ■Lyman Hall: Luke Horobin was sixth in the 600 (1:31.09) and the sprint medley team of Trey Fichera, Ian Debaise, Jake Ranney and Andrew Horobin placed third in 3:54.17. The 4x400 team of Ian Debaise, Andrew and Luke Horobin and Toppin was fourth (3:36.76).■Sheehan: Riley Bjornberg (20-½ ) and Max Luddy (19-6 ½) went 3-4 in the long jump. Fellow junior Derrick Arnold took fifth in the 1,000 (2:49.54).
Sophomore distance runner Lizzie Brown went from No. 10 seed to fifth in both the 1,000 and 1,600. She ran a 3:18.37 in the 1,000 and a 5:44.01 in the 1,600.
Senior thrower Riley Wolcheski placed fifth in the shot put (33-2½).
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