SATURDAY SCHOLASTICS: Sheehan’s Dubuc dashes to Class M 600-meter crown; Maloney’s Talento & Platt’s ‘Big Luke’ claim CCC wrestling crowns

SATURDAY SCHOLASTICS: Sheehan’s Dubuc dashes to Class M 600-meter crown; Maloney’s Talento & Platt’s ‘Big Luke’ claim CCC wrestling crowns

NEW HAVEN — Olivia Dubuc continues to push the envelope in the 600 meters.

Following up on her SCC conference championship, the Sheehan senior captured the Class M indoor track state title in the event Saturday night at the New Haven Athletic Center.

Dubuc out-dueled Weston sophomore Amelia Rudolph in what evolved into a two-girl race. In the end, no one else was within 3½ seconds of the pair.

Dubuc crossed in 1:37.91, Rudolph in 1:39.32.

Dubuc, with her time, lowered her own school record in the 600. She also placed sixth Saturday in the 300 meters in 43.37 and teamed with Clarisse Aminawung, Patrice Mansfield and Avery Winters to take second in the 4x400 (4:14.74).

The Sheehan girls enjoyed success in the relays just as they did in winning the SCC team championship a week ago.

Aminawung and Mansfield teamed with Allison Villano and Arianna Amodio to finish third in the sprint medley (4:28.16). Aminawung, Villano, Mansfield and Winters were fourth in the 4x200 (1:50.84).

Also for Sheehan, Riley Bjornberg placed in both the long jump (4th, 20-5½) and high jump (6th, 5-10). Max Luddy was fifth in the long jump at 20-2½.

Class L: In Saturday’s first meet at the New Haven Athletic Center, Cheshire senior Brendan Mellitt placed second in the 3,200, junior teammate Ryan Farrell was third in the 600 and Maloney finished third in the boys 4x800.

In the process, Farrell and the Maloney boys broke their own school records.

Maloney juniors Reynaldo Torres, Evan Avery and Xavier Zaler combined with senior Dominic Oliveri on a 4x800 time of 8:27.22. That shattered the 8:33.29 the quartet had run in the CCC Championships.

Farrell, meanwhile, was in a 600-meter race that saw the top four runners finish within a second of one another. Talib McBride of Hillhouse won in 1:23.67. Farrell crossed in 1:24.01, eclipsing the school-record 1:24.28 he ran last week in the SCC Championships.

Mellitt, the SCC’s 3,200 meters champ, placed second in Class L behind Bristol Central junior Nate DeAngelo. Mellitt ran a 9:41.78. DeAngelo crossed in 9:38.44.

In other events, Lyman Hall sophomore Emily Chase was seventh in the 1,600 in 5:35.44. Cheshire senior Francis Simpatico (2:44.36) and Maloney’s Torres (2:44.59) went 7-8 in the 1,000.

Torres later anchored the sprint medley relay behind senior Ethan Rivera and juniors Anthony Hawkins and Evan Avery. The squad finished seventh, but did trim its Maloney record to 3:50.32.


CCC Championships: Maloney’s Kody Talento and Platt’s Luke Fuerstenberg captured conference titles at the CCC Championships in Simsbury.

The tournament was divided into large schools and small schools. Platt and Maloney were in the small-school division.

Talento, coming off career win No. 100 in Wednesday’s Meriden city match, won the CCC title at 160 pounds.

Fuerstenberg won at heavyweight. The senior had two pins en route to the finals, which gave him Platt’s record for pins in a season with 30, then scored a takedown in overtime to take the championship bout 4-2.

In all, five Meriden wrestlers reached the finals. Senior 126 Isaiah Ross and sophomore 152 Matt Merrigan were runners-up for Platt. Junior 220 Darel Rivera was a runner-up for Maloney.

Platt senior Cristian Calero wrestled back to take third.

Ice hockey

Amity 1, Cheshire 0: The Rams suffered their fourth shutout loss of the season in falling to host Amity in a SCC/SWC Division II game at West Haven’s Bennett Rink.

The lone goal was scored by Caleb Marcin 6:35 into the third period.

Cheshire, which got 16 saves in net from Nick Maringola, is now 8-7-2.

Amity improved to 4-10-2 behind Brendan Smith’s 26-save shutout.

Boys basketball

Cheshire 56, Guilford 55: Like the Cheshire girls team, the Cheshire boys are showing renewed fire late in the basketball season. The Rams won their second straight, taking down the Indians in a SCC crossover in Cheshire.

Colby Griffin led the Rams with 18 points and Cole Feinauer factored in with 15 as Cheshire improved to 3-14.

A pair of free throws by Feinauer with 17 seconds left put the Rams up 56-54 and proved to be the difference.

Chris Cahill collected a game-high 26 points for Guilford (8-9). Brayden Santabarbara had 18.

Boys swimming

Cheshire 96, Daniel Hand 74: Sam Hanke and Anmol Sapru won two individual events apiece for the Rams in Friday night’s SCC Division I victory at Cheshire Community Pool.

Hanke brought home the 100 freestyle in 49.81 and the 100 backstroke in 59.39. Sapru took the 50 free (24.19) and 100 breaststroke (1:11.27).

Also for the Rams, Justin Finkel finished first in the 200 free (1:52.39), Eddy Chen captured the 100 butterfly (59.14) and Noah Duncan delivered in diving with a score of 228.30.