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TRACK & FIELD: Record-Journal Invitational provides an early read on the season

TRACK & FIELD: Record-Journal Invitational provides an early read on the season

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DURHAM — The annual Record-Journal track and field meet provides an early season test for area track squads and the 2019 edition on Friday was no different.

This year the event was held at Coginchaug High School and included the host Blue Devils as well as Platt, Maloney, Sheehan, Lyman Hall, Cheshire and Souhthington.

Among the elite performers was Southington’s Trinity Cardillo. The junior thrower won both the shot put and discus.

“I want to go back to Nationals,” said Cardillo, who was Class LL shot put champ during the indoor season. “I’m five feet from making it in discus and, in shot, I just have to hit 40 feet again. My goal is to get back there, and an early meet invitational like this is a good early season competition.”

The Southington girls also had winners in freshman Nina Muir in the 100 meters (13.43), sophomore Livvy Pizzitola in the 200 (27.26) and junior Sydney Garrison in the high jump (5-2).

In other distaff events, Maloney broke through with a win in the 1,600 sprint medley relay with the quartet of Anne Bekasi, Lauren Matias, Jennifer Fermaint and Charlise Levesque (4:42.02).

“They are some of our most skilled girls,” Maloney coach Don Askew said. “I put them in there because I knew they would showcase what they can do. I’m proud of what they did.”

Mychael Gallaher was also an individual winner for the Spartans with a throw of 111-5 in the javelin.

The Cheshire duo of Riley Pettit and Ruth DelVecchio won the shuttle hurdle race in 35.45.

Sheehan had its share of winners. Sophomore Lizzie Brown was best in the 1,600 in 5:28.96.

“It was good,” Brown said. “I was aiming for certain splits (and) checked the clock every time around. I knew I had to pick it up the last two laps. I was aiming for my PR that race.”

Sheehansenior Kyra Connolly won pole vault (9-6), freshman Erin Brennan took the triple jump (31-9) and freshman Avery Winters won the 400 (1:03.61).

“This was my best meet so far this spring,” Connolly said. “I cleared 9-6. I didn’t get 10-0, which is my PR, but I’m working my way back there.”

Lyman Hall senior Carly Jacobs cruised to a win in the 800 in 2:34.50.

Platt senior Lizzie Garlock was tops in long jump (16-7). It was her first jump of the season and the measure was her new personal best.

“This is my favorite meet because I know a lot of people from Southington and Cheshire,” Garlock said. “I have a lot of friends here and it’s just a really fun meet.”

Garlock, also a standout soccer player at Platt, will be attending the University of Tampa in the fall.

“I’m upset about my high school career coming to an end,” Garlock said. “I want to keep going longer, but I’m proud of my athletic career here.”

The Panthers were also best in the 4x100 co-ed relay. The quartet of Lorenzo Sanson, Royal Watkins, Juliz Cordero and Briana Phillips won in 48.75.

“I was very impressed with them considering it was our first meet and I think we started off on the right foot,” Platt coach Bob Angiletta said.

The boys competition featured two double-winners: Sheehan senior thrower Cyle Martindale and Coginchaug senior jumper Tim Arcari. Martindale took the shot put (45-4) and discus (115-6). Arcari captured the triple jump (42-3) and high jump (5-6).

Martindale said he surpassed his personal best in the discus by 5 feet, 6 inches.

“I just had to focus really hard and persevere to get those better distances,” Martindale said. “I’m working hard to get myself to throw farther and, hopefully, hit the 50 mark for shot put and hit 120 for discus or 125.”

Other Sheehan boys winners were John Conte and Justin Moore in the shuttle hurdles (40.85), Alberto Avila in the 400 (54.20), Jordan Davis in the javelin (169-05) and Reily Bjornberg in the long jump (20-0).

Southington also had a big day on on the boys circuit. Trevor Porter, Johnny Carreiro, Joe Verderame and Ryan Slesinski won the 1,600 SMR in 3:39.25.

Carreiro was also tops in the 200 (23.83). Lucca Riccio (1,600, 4:38.47) and Matt Penna (3,200, 9:48) swept the distance races.

“My initial strategy was to stay in second and let the first person break the wind,” Riccio said. “I expected to pass the other kids out, but they weren’t slowing down and I knew it was time to go. I kicked in in on the last lap for the win.”

Cheshire’s Ryan Farrell registered a first-place finish in the 800 in 2:04.56.

Coginchaug’s Ryan Genest won the 100 in 11.57. Teammate Hayden Rovelli won the pole vault at 13-6.

Results for some events and times/distances weren’t confirmed immediately after the meet.