By BRIAN JENNINGS
Both of Southington’s track and field teams won big against the NW Catholic Indians at their home facilities on Tuesday, May 12, but it was the girls that qualified a relay team and two more athletes for the Class LL state meet.
The boys track and field team (5-2) won their meet by a score of 94-56.
The boys took first in the 4x800m (9:11.08) and 4x100m (45.00) relays. Anthony Plantamuro (11.83) took first in the 100m with John Meade trailing behind in second. Meade followed up with a (24.01) first-place finish in the 200m. Adam Dorau (44.39) took first in the 300m hurdles.
Southington swept the 1600m with Sean Garrison (4:57.82) edging Tom Murdy and Jack Myers at the front of the pack. Vincent Zhang (2:06.03) paced a sweep in the 800m, edging Mike Fazzino and Jeff Hannigan. Garrison (10:56.38) returned to take first in the 3200m.
David Massabni has been getting stronger as the season has been progressing and it showed with wins in the discus (113’0”) and shot put (42’1.05”). Matt Maxwell (40’10.05”) won the triple jump. Tom Perzanowski (11’0”) paced a pole vault sweep, edging Tim Anop and Teagan Duffy.
“It was a good meet for us all around,” said Southington coach Colleen Roarty. “It was nice to see us get a lot of the first and second-place finishes. It definitely builds our confidence up as we go and we look forward to go into the postseason.”
The girls track and field team (3-4) won their meet by a score of 89-60.
The girls took first in the 4x800m relay (11:11.46), but it was 4x400m relay (4:21.60) that took first and qualified for the state meet at the same time.
Southington swept the 1600m with Isabella Scalise (5:56.38) out-distancing Catherine Myers and Laini Pizzitola. Katherine Mellitt (2:29.27) led the charge in the 800m, beating teammates Gabi Napoli and Taylor Hubert in another team sweep. Southington also went on to sweep the 3200m with Lauren Perkowski (12:41.08) followed by Napoli and Megan Albert. Rylee Van Epps (51.81) took first in the 300m hurdles.
Amanda Howe’s (101’2”) throw in the javelin not only put her in first place, but qualified her for the state meet. Natalie Liquindoli threw for second right behind Howe. Howe went on to win the shot put (29’1”). Sarah Palko (15’3”) qualified for the state meet with her first-place leap in the long jump and did it again with a second place in the triple jump (32’9”). Sarah Dolan won the pole vault, edging teammates Natalie Rickard and Megan Biscoglio.
“I think in some of the technical events, we’re starting to see some improvements,” said Southington coach Dan Dachelet. “Five girls over 30 feet in the long jump is really impressive. We’re starting to make some ground in the high jump. In the mid-distance and distance races, it was a really windy day tough to go out there and run. It was hot and muggy, so the weather wasn’t conducive for fast times, but we did sweep the 800, 1600, and 3200. They did what they needed to do, in terms of points. I think the next time they’ll get to run fast in the distance group will be at the conference meet.”
To date, the Knights qualified all three of the boys and girls relay teams for the state meet. The Knights also qualified 12 boys from 11 different events (out of 18) and seven girls from 10 different events (out of 18) as well.
Other qualifications for the boys for the state meet from earlier in the season include: Alessio Diana (11.63), Alex Jamele (11.1), Plantamuro (11.5), Jasen Rose (11.5) in the 100m; Vance Upham in the 100m (11.3) and in the 200m (23.7); Mark Howland (23.5) and Meade (22.9) in the 200m; Antoine Harris (52.3) in the 400m; Zhang (2:03.94) in the 800m; Garrison in the 1600m (4:36.3) and 3200m (9:56.10); Perzanowski (11-00.00) in the pole vault; and Matt Maxwell (40-6.00).
Other qualifications for the girls for the state meet from earlier in the season include: Palko (13.1) in the 100m; Mellitt (2:27.26) in the 800m; Erin Angelillo in the 1600m (5:32.2) and 3200m (11:57.60); Napoli (5:32.40) in the 1600m; and Myers (12:27.9) and Perkowski (12:05.4) in the 3200m.
Southington’s Taylor Riddick qualified for the National Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina in the freshmen division.
The Knights will look to qualify more athletes for the state meet in their last meet of the regular season on Tuesday, May 19 when they host the New Britain Hurricanes. A ceremony will be held before the start of the meet for senior night.