SATURDAY SCHOLASTICS: Sheehan, Southington runners break indoor program records; Sheehan skaters improve to 4-2

SATURDAY SCHOLASTICS: Sheehan, Southington runners break indoor program records; Sheehan skaters improve to 4-2

Sheehan and Southington’s indoor track teams aren’t just staying active over the holiday break, they’re breaking records.

Both teams saw program marks fall this weekend.

For Sheehan, junior sprinter Julia Mansfield rewrote the girls’ 200-meter mark individually and as part of a relay in meets at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.

For Southington, seniors Ryan Slesinski and Kate Kemnitz broke school records while competing at the Boston Holiday Challenge at the Reggie Lewis Center.

Slesinski snapped Southington’s 8-year-old mark in the 600 meters with a 6th-place time of 1:24.76. Kemnitz lowered her own school record in the 1000 by one second with a 5th-place time of 3:07.95.

As for Mansfield, she first smashed Amanda Culmone’s Sheehan girls’ record in the 200 by more than 2½ seconds with a 2nd-place time of 28.05. She later teamed with Clarisse Aminawaug, Avery Winters and Patrice Mansfield to log a Sheehan record of 1:52.07 in the 4x200.

That Sheehan relay team finished first at Saturday’s Hillhouse Relays. The Titans got an additional first-place performance from pole vaulter Kyra Connolly, who cleared 9 feet, 6 inches.

Sheehan shot-putter Cyle Martindale was second at 44-8¼, while long-jumpers Max Luddy (19-8) and Riley Bjornberg (19-7) went 2-3 in their event.

Southington was also at the Hillhouse Relays and Slesinski stayed in his groove by being a part of two winning relays with Trevor Porter. The pair joined Eli Rodriguez and Joe Verderame on the sprint medley (3:46.06) and teamed with Luca Riccio and Matt Penna on the distance medley (11:13.64). 

The Lady Knights got victories from shot-putter Trinity Cardillo (39-5½) and high jumper Sydney Garrison (5-2)

Maloney: The Spartans competed Saturday at the Wilton Wright Invitational at SCSU.

Reynaldo Torres placed 3rd in the 1600 in 4:54.49. For the girls, Charlise Levesque was 4th in the 600 (1:50.63) and Mychael Gallaher was 5th in the 55 dash (7.70).

Girls basketball

Naugatuck 65, Maloney 24: The Spartans fell to 1-7 with the non-conference loss in Naugatuck.

The Greyhounds (5-1) put three players in double figures. Hailey Russell and Sara Macary had 12 points apiece. Brielle Behuniak had 10.

Gracey Massicotte hit a pair of 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 8 points for Maloney.

The Spartans return to action on Friday in Middletown.

Ice hockey

Sheehan 3, Enfield-East Windsor-Stafford 2: The Titans improved to 4-2 with the Division III non-conference victory at Enfield Twin Rinks.

Nick Spina, Luke Festa and Joe Romano had the goals for Sheehan, which after three road games in the last week will be back on its home ice at Choate’s Remsen Arena on Wednesday when the Milford Co-op comes calling at 6:30 p.m.

Woodstock Academy 5, Hall-Southington 4: With the help of two goals scored within a span of 9 seconds midway through the second period, the host Centaurs erased a 3-1 first-period deficit to defeat the Warrior-Knights in a non-conference Division II game at Pomfret School’s Jahn Hockey Rink.

Bobby Allan scored two goals and Mike DiPietro had one to get Hall-Southington out to its 3-1 lead. Allan completed a hat trick 8:54 into the third period to pull the Warrior-Knights to within 5-4.

DiPietro assisted on all three of Allan’s goals. Nate Zmarlicki had two assists. Goalie Noah Behrens-Gould turned aside 35 shots.

This game was a rematch of the 2017 Division III state final. Hall-Southington fell to 1-4. Woodstock improved to 4-1.


Maloney: The Spartans went 2-2 at the Morgan Duals in Clinton, suffering losses to NFA (60-12) and Lyman Memorial/Windham Tech (49-30), then bouncing back to edge Suffield (42-40) and thump the host Huskies (57-24).

Carlos Montes went 4-0 at 220 pounds to lead Maloney. Three other Spartans went 3-1: 152-pounder R.J. Plumberg, 160 Kody Talento and 195 Darel Rivera.



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