By BRIAN JENNINGS
Southington’s indoor track and field teams competed at Hartford Public High School for the second straight weekend and the third time this season on Saturday, Jan. 2 when they qualified more athletes for the state meet in the CCC Developmental meet.
Allie Brown, Rylee Van Epps, Natalie Verderame, and Kate Kemnitz (4:42.34) qualified for the state meet with a sixth place finish in the 1600m sprint medley. Lauren Perkowski (12:39.39) qualified for the state meet by just under a second when she finished second in the 3200m.
Julia McPherson (11.71) finished 12th in the 55m hurdles. Amanda Perkowski (3:44.45) placed sixth in the 1000m, and Natalia Adamczyk (6:32.24) finished seventh in the 1600m.
Natalie Verderame (8.202), Rylee Van Epps (8.306), and Nicolette St. Amand (8.577) all finished in the top 25 out of 94 athletes in the 55m dash.
Emily Maciejewski (50.66), Kylie Lawrence (50.98), Kylin Banks (51.44), Kali Pliego (51.94), and Hannah Zelina (52.26) scored in the top 50 out of 102 athletes in the 300m.
Amanda Howe (36’7”) continued to break barriers by placing first for the second week in row in the shot put with her furthest throw of the season out of 47 athletes, beating her nearest competitor by over two feet.
Maciejewski (14’4.5”) leaped into sixth place in the long jump, edging teammate Lauren Jones (13’2”).
Nicolette St. Amand (4’2”) launched into a tie for fifth in the high jump, and Bianca Spataro (3’10”) followed behind in eighth.
Tyler Cyr (19’0”) qualified for the state meet by a couple inches, lunging into fifth out of 35 athletes in the long jump. He also paced the Knights with a seventh place finish in the 55m (7.21).
After qualifying for the state meet in 55m hurdles last week, Adam Dorau (9.07) continued to shine with a third-place finish this week. Dorau also ran another solid race in the 300m, placing fifth (40.26) out of 79 athletes. He went on to finish 12th in the 55m (7.34).
Shane Leone (3:03.65), Jordan McMeans (3:06.14), and Teagan Duffy (3:21.7) finished in the top 15 in the 1000m. Conner Leone finished seventh out of 49 athletes in the 1600m (5:09.58), with Mike Dorsey (5:36.33) not far behind in 22nd.
Tanner Sperry (12:14.64) finished second out of 10 athletes in the 3200m, with James Weil (12:32.29) a couple spots behind in fourth.
Jake Monson (35’1”), Keagan Jarvis (29’2”), Daniel Mullin (29’1”), Zachary MacDonald (25’6”), and James Baril (24’6”) all threw within the top 25 out of 44 athletes in the shot put.
Ian Agnew, Tim Anop, Alexander Lipsky, and Dave McCormick (1:50.25) took eighth out of 14 relays in the 4x200m relay.
The Knights will look to continue qualifying more athletes for the state and conference meets when they compete at the Elm City Coaches Invitational at Hillhouse High School in New Haven on Saturday, Jan. 9.