SATURDAY SCHOLASTICS: Area’s best put it on the line in New England Championships; Ciccone third in 2-mile

BOSTON — Cheshire’s Alexa Ciccone placed third in the 2-mile and Maloney teammates Bria Benigni and Shaelyn Murphy also had top-10 finishes Saturday at the New England Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.

Ciccone ran a 10:54.10 in a race that saw that the top three finishers run to their seeds.

It was an all-Connecticut finish: Shelton’s Hannah Andrejczyk (10:38.19), Lyme/Old Lyme’s Chase Gilbert (10:44.67) and Ciccone.

Benigni was in a race — the 1000 meters — that saw the New England Championships record fall when winner Rhode Island’s Sophia Gorriaran broke the wire in 2:46.45. 

Benigni, Connecticut’s Class L champ, was seventh at 2:58.02.

Murphy, meanwhile, tied for 10th in the high jump at 5 feet, 1 inch.

Also competing in Boston on Saturday was Southington hurdler William Reeves. The senior ran a 9.44 in the 55 hurdles. He did not advance to the final heat.


New England Championships: Four area grapplers, led by CIAC class champions Caiden Talento of Platt and Colton Thorpe of Southington, were in actions at the New England tournament at the Providence Career and Technical Academy.

Southington 126-pounder Jared Mangiafico and Platt 170-pounder Ahmed Hernandez were also in the mix.

Thorpe, the Class LL champ at 132 pounds, went 4-2 at New Englands. Talento, the two-time Class M champ at 152, was 3-2.

Mangiafico won one of his three matches. Hernandez was 0-2.

Both of Talento’s losses came in overtime, including in the championship bracket Round of 16. Talento’s opponent, Luke Montefusco of Cranston, R.I., forced OT with an escape with two seconds left, then won 4-2 on a takedown.

Talento rebounded with 5-2 and 8-4 decisions in the consolation brackets. In the first match, against Mark Lattimore of Brockton, Mass., Talento snapped a 2-2 tie with an escape and takedown in the third period.

In his final match, against Paul Barrett of Longmeadow, Mass., Talento forced overtime with an escape with 12 seconds on the clock before Barrett notched an overtime takedown for an 8-6 decision.

Among Thorpe’s four victories was an 11-1 major decision and a 5-2 minor in which the Southington senior tallied a 3-point nearfall with 17 seconds left to bust a 2-2 tie.

Thorpe finished the year with an area-high 46 victories. Hernandez had 41. Talento had 38 and Mangiafico 36.


State Open: Daniel Hand won the team championship, while Southington’s Isabella Guay tied for sixth in the uneven bars at Saturday’s state championship meet in New Milford.

Guay, a senior, scored an 8.60.



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