May 2, 2014 11:01PM
By Sean Krofssik
WALLINGFORD — In the annual Sheehan/Lyman Hall track and field meet that culminates in a feast every spring, it was the Titans who took a bite out of their rivals this year.
The Sheehan boys topped the LH 97-53 and the Titans girls won 99-51.
There were plenty of solid performances up and down both rosters on Riccitelli Field on Friday afternoon into the evening, but Sheehan senior Liz Fengler made the biggest impact.
The distance runner won three individual events and anchored the Titans’ 4x800 team.
“She had a great indoor season and took it outdoors and kept going,” Sheehan coach Charles Farley said. “Certain areas as a team we were doing fine. Other areas we didn’t do very well. But overall I was happy with both teams.”
Fengler won the 800 meters (2:37.07), the 1,600 (5:47.07), the 3,200 (13:05.38) and teamed with Fran Amarone, Leah Myers and Shannon Blakeslee to win the 4x800 in 11:08.15.
“I went in the four-by-eight in the last minute,” Fengler said. “I made a sacrifice for the team to get that extra five points. It felt good to contribute to the team. The pressure wasn’t on me at all. I knew coming in I should win those events.”
The Mendygral sisters were double-winners for the Sheehan girls (3-3, 1-2 Housatonic). Mackenzie Mendygral won 300 hurdles (49.45) and pole vault (8 feet). Michaela Mendygral took first in shot put (36-6 1/2) and discus (98-11).
Also, Maddie Burns claimed first in the 200 (28.00) and the 400 (1:04.09).
Other individual victors for the host Titans were Eileen Hinman (110 hurdles, 17:32) and Brianna Buehler (high jump, 4-6).
Mackenzie Mendygral, Rachel Hourigan, Burns and Ania Spina teamed to win the 4x400 in 4:32.55.
Kaitlyn Stringer (100, 13.8), Charlotte Lao (long jump, 14-0), Felisha Marron (javelin, 84-0) and Mackenzie Wall (triple jump, 32, 6 1/4) were all winners for Lyman Hall (3-5, 1-2 Housy).
“Before I jump, I mentally prepare,” Lao said. “That’s all I concentrate on, and then I jump. That was my best jump of the outdoor season.”
The Trojans also won the 4x100 with the team of Lao, Alanna Gado, Lily Edeen and Stringer in 54.82.
“This was my first meet of the season,” Stringer said. “I was happy with the four by one and the 100.”
The Titans had three double-winners on the boys side. Griffin Cobb, Matt Baum and Connor Hourigan each picked up multiple first-place finishes.
Baum swept the hurdles, taking the 110 in 16.44 and the 300 in 42.10.
“Everyone has their race and the 300 is my favorite,” Baum said. “This is a special meet because we have the senior ceremonies before the meet. We are one giant Wallingford family before the race and then we split apart.”
Cobb claimed the 800 (2:06.08) and 1,600 (4:44.2). Hourigan won the 200 (23.39) and the 400 (43.01).
The Titans swept the three relays with the quartet of Hourigan, Bryan Allen, Carl Verch and Cobb winning the 4x800 (8:55.25). The team of Pat Guerrette, Nate Christensen, Jon Cantone and Chris Dickey claimed the 4x100 (45.64). Hourigan, Verch, Baum and Cobb took the 4x400 (3:32.65).
Other individual winners for Sheehan (3-3, 1-2 Housy) were Dickey (long jump, 18-7 1/2), Cantone (high jump, 5-0) and Allen (3,200, 11:36.40).
Ryan Woolley was the Trojans lone double-winner on the day. The junior won the pole vault (12-0) and triple jump (39-2).
“Pole vault is my thing,” Woolley said. “I was glad that I won. Then I went to triple and I performed there. I didn’t expect to win that event. I was an inch off my personal best.”
Zack Carolan crossed the finish line first in the 100 (11.66) for LH.
The Trojans (2-4, 1-2 Housy) swept the field events with Jaylen Murphy winning shot put (35-9 1/2), Kyle Smith claiming the javelin (138-8) and James Burnham taking discus (99-8).
“We are struggling for numbers, but we swept the field and couple of kids did well in the jumping events, so I was happy with our numbers,” LH coach Ed Neilander said. “We had to be perfect to be close. The girls team is very young and I’m proud that they gave their best effort.”
Farley said it’s the first time in school history that the Titans have been swept in the field.
“That’s usually our strength,” Farley said. “But luckily we were stronger in other areas to compensate.”