SCHOLASTICS: LH, Maloney look to be right on track; SHS gymnasts vault to 3-0

There was no down time this weekend for track and field athletes. With the postseason fast approaching, it was all business, and some area athletes putting in the overtime were rewarded handsomely.

At the Floyd Little Athletic Center, the 3:44.27 run by the Lyman Hall sprint medley relay team at the SCC Coaches Invitational was a national qualifying time. The squad features Mike Fisher, Tim Conklin, Tom Conklin and Owen Rich. 

In New York City, the Maloney Spartans broke three program records while competing at the U.S. Army Officials Hall of Fame Invitational at The Armory. The records came in the boys 4x200 relay, the girls 3200 and 600, and the girls long jump.

On the relay, Griffin Papallo and Tom Sullivan combined with Lino Tavares and Izaiyah Gallaher to run a 1:40.04, breaking a six-year-old Maloney mark by 2½ seconds.

For the girls, Bria Benigni and Lyric Knight broke their own records. Benigni ran an 11:35.09 in the 3200 and then a 1:46.04 in the 600. Knight landed 15 feet, 2 inches in the long jump. 

Boys swimming

Xavier 91, Cheshire 68: The Falcons improved to 5-1 with the SCC Division I victory Monday night over the host Rams (3-3) at the Cheshire Community Pool.

Alex Fang and Silas Wang won two events apiece for Cheshire. Fang finished first in both freestyle sprints, taking the 50 in 22.87 seconds and the 100 in 49.90. Wang reeled in the 200 IM (2:08.64) and 100 breaststroke (1:03.74).

Also for Cheshire, Omkar Narayanan captured the 100 butterfly (1:00.93) and Zack Schnitzer won the freestyle (2:01.08).

Schnitzer, Fang and Wang combined with Kristian Adlianitski on the winning 400 freestyle relay (3:37.60).


Southington: The Blue Knights upped their record to 3-0 with a 136.65-123.75 Central Connecticut Conference victory over Farmington at Farmington Valley Gymnastics in Plainville.

Southington was led by senior Izzy Guay, who posted team-high scores on floor (9.6), vault (8.9) and uneven bars (8.3). Guay added an 8.5 on beam.

High score on beam for Southington was the 8.9 delivered by freshman Taylor Cooley. Cooley also scored an 8.9 on floor and a 7.6 on bars.

Alivia Adams racked up a 9.0 on floor and an 8.5 on beam, while fellow sophomore Maya Kasica was good for a 7.9 on vault.

Senior Tori Harrington came through with an 8.9 on floor, 8.6 on vault and 7.1 on bars.

Juniors Madison Allister and Riley Corr also scored well in three events. Allister totalled 8.65 on floor, 8.1 on bars and 7.5 on beam. Corr collected an 8.5 on floor, 8.45 on vault and 7.8 on bars.

Also for Southington, senior Kelsey Salerno pulled down an 8.4 on vault and 8.2 on beam, sophomore Cate Morgan chalked up an 8.3 on vault and sophomore Avery Shea hit for 7.2 on beam.

Ice hockey

North Haven 6, Cheshire 4: Down 5-0 after two periods Saturday night at Northford Ice Pavilion, the visiting Rams rallied to within 5-3 with three goals in the first 6½ minutes of the third before the Nighthawks stemmed the tide with a power play goal.

North Haven (10-0) remained unbeaten with the SCC/SWC Division II victory. The Rams dipped to 4-5.

Drew DePodesta scored two goals for Cheshire and set up a third.

Biagio Pepe and Rocco Ocone-Krause delivered two-point nights. Pepe had one goal and one assist. Ocone-Krause dished two assists.

Cheshire also got a first career goal from Gabe Magriz, an assist from Ryan Fraser and 37 saves in net from Jack Falk.


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