By John Goralski
It’s been two decades since Chris Longo won a state competition with his throw in the shot put, but the former Blue Knight star looked at home as he paced outside the shot put area on the Southington High School track complex.
With a wide smile, he bantered with a current varsity thrower as the two studied the gravel pit. Then, Longo picked up a shot put and entered the circle. His smile evaporated, and the competition began.
“Chris Longo was one of the toughest throwers to come through the high school, and he’s going against Matt Bennett who’s going to be a senior next year and one of our better throwers,” said Blue Knight track and field coach Matt Shea. “That’s what this is all about. Then, we have a lot of other kids that are doing their best. It’s been a really good competition.”
The throwers were just two of the people that showed up for the second annual Blue Knight Alumni Track Meet on Saturday, Aug. 10. Construction on the turf field forced them to postpone the first scheduled event this summer. Availability and resources forced officials to funnel the summer series into a single event.
As a result, there weren’t as many entrants as officials had hoped. On the other hand, the competition was lighthearted or fierce depending upon the