INDOOR TRACK: Behind Brennan, Winters & 4x200, Sheehan girls capture SCC East Sectionals; freshman Farrell fuels CHS



NEW HAVEN — Sheehan girls indoor track continues to raise the bar and lower the clock

Cheshire and Lyman Hall aren’t doing do bad for themselves, either.

All three area schools fared well at the SCC East Sectionals on Wednesday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center, but it was the Lady Titans who fared best of all, taking the girls team title.

The Titans did it by getting two first-place performances from Erin Brennan and one from Avery Winters. Brennan won the long jump and pole vault, while Winters out-ran the field in the 300 meters.

The two Sheehan seniors also teamed with classmates Patrice Mansfield and Amanda Castaldi to win the 4x200 relay.

The Cheshire girls placed third as a team by taking the 4x800 relay. Freshman Leah Farrell led off that race and later won the 600 meters.

The Rams also got a first-place outing on the boys side. It was turned in by junior sprinter Colin Brown, who took the 55-meter dash.

As for Lyman Hall, the Trojans were led by Jacob Seamans. The senior placed in the top 3 in three different events: second in the 55 hurdles (8.45), second in the high jump (6-0) and third in the long jump (19-1½).

It was Sheehan’s Brennan who commanded the biggest headlines. She broke her own school record in winning the long jump in 17 feet, 5 inches. She also put up a personal-best 10-8 in taking the pole vault.

Brennan’s afternoon opened in winning combination with Mansfield, Castaldi and Winters on the 4x200 (1:47.17).

Winters went on to lead an area sweep in the 300. The Sheehan senior ran a 43.26. She was followed, in order, by Cheshire’s Molly Lane (44.92), Sheehan’s Mansfield (45.22) and Cheshire’s Kira Zawalich (45.85).

Cheshire’s distaff 4x800 set a school record of 10:42.39 in winning its race. That team featured Farrell, Julia Rubin, Eva Curran and Alexa Ciccone.

Farrell’s victory in the 600 followed in 1:44.42.

As for Cheshire’s Brown, he gathered gold in the 55 in 6.62 seconds by surging ahead of the field at the wire. Brown also had the best time in prelims with a 6.66.

Brown later placed third in the 300 in 36.89.

Other highlights from Wednesday’s East Sectional:

■Hillhouse thrower Gary Moore Jr. obliterated the meet record book, not to mention the rest of the competition, with a winning throw of 62-4 ¾ in the shotput.■Sheehan got additional school relay records from the boys 4x200 and the girls 4x400. Jelan Kollie, Lucas Leon, Chris Barkasy and Paul Burkett placed third in the 4x200 in 1:35.44. Maya Wresien, Natalie Swierczynski, Olivia Platt and Ava Raffle placed second in 4:27.09 in the 4x4.■Wresien, Swierczynski and Platt were also second in the sprint medley relay in 4:41.83. They teamed with Talia Crispino in that event. Individually, Platt was second in the 600 in 1:45.04. The Titans also got a silver from Castaldi in the 55 (7.44) and bronze from Dannielle Geary in the shot (33-5¾) and Savanna Bauman in the long jump at 15-8.■Lyman Hall’s boys 4x400 placed third. Combining on a 3:47.41 were Jackson Mailhot, Thomas and Timothy Conklin, and Yahya Kardad.■Cheshire’s Ciccone, the SCC girls cross country champ, placed third in the 3200 in 12:05.39. The Lady Rams were also third in the 4x400 in 4:29.49 behind Farrell, Ashlyn Diglio, Zawalich and Riley Hanover. 


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