THURSDAY SCHOLASTICS: Cloutier wins Class L pole vault, claims Maloney’s first indoor track state title; Kaplan leads Cheshire

NEW HAVEN — Maloney senior Hannah Cloutier made Spartans’ sports history Thursday afternoon.

With a victory in the pole vault at the CIAC Class L championship meet at the Floyd Little Athletic Center, Cloutier claimed Maloney’s first-ever state title in indoor track.

Cloutier went in as the top seed and made it stand up by hitting 9 feet and then 9 feet, 6 inches on her first two vaults.

Cloutier missed at 10 feet, which was her seed height. It was a moot point. By then, Cloutier had the championship sewn up.

Also on Thursday, Cheshire senior Rachel Kaplan finished fourth in the 1000 meters in 3:11.27 and anchored the sixth-place 4x800 relay (10:17.78) behind Kristen Daddi, Aliza Taylor and Amanda Addesso.

Taylor placed fifth in the 600 meters (1:46.70). In that same race, Maloney sophomore Charlise Levesque reduced her seed time and finished sixth in 1:46.84.

In the high jump, Lyman Hall junior Meredith DeNegris cleared 4 feet, 6 inches to place sixth. 

Girls basketball

Berlin 69, Platt 52: The Redcoats snapped Platt’s three-game win streak with the CCC South-Colonial Division decision in Berlin.

Lyzi Litwinko scored a game-high 21 points and Ashley Wenzel added 18 as Berlin avenged a 50-47 loss to the Panthers in Meriden on Jan. 9. Now 12-7 overall and 4-1 in the South-Colonial, the Redcoats can wrap up the division title with a win Monday in Middletown.

Platt (11-8, 2-3 South-Colonial) was led by 15 points from Jayleena Gordils. Madison Chatman scored 12 points and her sister Martha had eight.

Julia Misner and Kiara Lopez added six points apiece. Wallica Bailey was good for five.

Boys swimming

Meriden Co-op 78, Hartford Public 64: Jake Donlan won a pair of individual events to lead the city squad to the CCC victory over the Owls at the Platt pool.

Donlon took the 200-yard IM (2:29.97) and the 100 breaststroke (1:16.86). He also teamed with Jacob Parker, Julio Hernandez and Alex Flynn to capture the 400 freestyle relay (4:16.42).

Flynn had a solid afternoon. He won the 100 freestyle (59.44) and swam on another first-place relay, combining with Matt DeSimone, Erik Masocco and Muhammad Hamdan on the 200 medley relay (2:29.85).

Dan Barillaro won the diving competition to help Meriden improve to 3-7.


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