TRACK & FIELD: Duals give way to SCC duels; Lady Titans cap perfect regular season

The area’s SCC track and field teams are gearing up for the fast-approaching conference meets.

In their last round of double-dual meets this week, Sheehan swept Wilbur Cross, Fairfield Prep and Lauralton Hall at home. For the girls, the two victories completed an undefeated regular season at 8-0.

The Cheshire girls were also undefeated until falling to Shelton in a meet at West Haven. With a split, the Rams finished at 8-1.

Then there’s Lyman Hall, which split with Hillhouse and Career on its home track.

All three area programs will be back on the track for next week’s SCC Sectionals. Here’s how their final regular-season meets played out.


The Lady Titans sealed the undefeated deal at home with Wednesday wins over Lauralton Hall (123-27) and Wilbur Cross (136-9). The Sheehan boys also swept, clipping Cross 81-68 and Fairfield Prep 118-30.

The boys perservered behind their strength in the field events. Joey Garcia made it a clean sweep of the jumps by taking the triple (39 feet, 5¼ inches), the long (18-9) and the high (5-2).

Brandon Noone and Matt Sheehy tied for first in the pole vault at 9 feet. Jack Taylor threw long in the discus at 113-4, while Ethan Pabon led a 1-4 Sheehan sweep in the javelin at 128-7.

Prep had the edge in the sprints, but Sheehan’s Paul Burkett was able to score gold in the 400 at 54.45 seconds.

As for the Sheehan girls, they didn’t merely win every event save for the 1600 and 3200, they took the top three spots in seven.

Jumper Erin Brennan and sprinter Avery Winters were triple-winners and both broke one of their own school records:

■Brennan took the triple jump in a record 36-7 and also won the long jump at 17-7½ and the pole vault at 10 feet;■ Winters out-ran the field in the 100 (12.57), 200 (25.45) and 400 (1:00.85). The 25.45 is her new school record.

Amanda Castaldi (100 highs, 15.35) and Patrice Mansfield (300 intermediates, 48.63) gave Sheehan a sweep of the hurdles. Castaldi also landed the high jump at 5 feet.

Darla Jagrosse and Madison DiPasquale combined to dominate the throwing events. Jagrosse won shot put (35-8½) and discus (109-4). DiPasquale prevailed in javelin (93-10).

Olivia Platt had the fast time in the 800 (2:34.39).

Lyman Hall

The Trojans hosted and split a SCC double-dual with Hillhouse and Career. Both squads beat Career. Both squads lost to Hillhouse.


Distance runner Peyton Durant had a day for LH. He took the 1600 (5:55) and the 3200 (12:00).

Max Fuller continued to cut time in the 100. He won at 10.8 seconds.

Yahya Kardad captured the individual 400 in 52.5 and teamed with Michael Fisher, Thomas Conklin and Timothy Conklin on the winning 4x400 relay, which posted its best time at 3:33.50.

Thomas Conklin also won the 800 (2:09.8), while Jacob Seamans had the fast time in the 110 hurdles (17.1).


Both the boys and girls teams split a SCC double-dual with Shelton and host West Haven.

For the Lady Rams, the 95-55 loss to Shelton was their first of the season. Coach Barbara Hedden’s team did thump West Haven 110-46 to come away at 8-1.

The boys also beat West Haven (84-63) and lost to Shelton (102-48).

Cheshire was paced by its distance corps. Robert DiNatale won the 3200 in 10:39 and ran a leg on the first-place 4x800 relay, combining with Tyler Caron, Michael DeJoseph and Luca Borz-Baba on a time of 8:56.

The Lady Rams were also strong in distance. Leah Farrell, Alexa Ciccone, Meghan Georgescu and Mia Vientos opened the meet with a winning time of 10:12 in the 4x800.

Vientos went on to win the individual 800 (2:29), while Farrell had the fast time in the 400 (63.1) and Ciccone captured the 1600 (5:28).

Vientos and Farrell also combined with Molly Lanz and Kira Zawalich on the winning 4x400 (4:15). Individually, Zawalich took the 300 hurdles in 49.1.

Also for Cheshire, Darcy Lin landed 4-8 to win high jump.


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