Track sets their sights on the postseason

Track 1By BRIAN JENNINGS
STAFF WRITER

Southington broke another school record and qualified more athletes for the Class LL meet when they competed in their third weekend invitational and final dual meet of the 2016 season this past week.

Southington competed at the 85th annual Hartford Invitational at Simsbury High School on Saturday, May 14.

The Lady Knights placed eighth out of 18 large schools. Simsbury won the girls meet, followed by Glastonbury and Trumbull.

The Blue Knights tied for 13th with Bulkeley out of 23 large schools. Wethersfield won the boys meet, followed by Simsbury and Fitch.

Kate Kemnitz broke a school record after finishing third (2:24.12) in the 800m, improving her state-qualifying time by just under three seconds. Kemnitz broke Maureen Suchenski’s record (2:25.7), which was set in 2001.

Abby Connolly just snuck in to the state meet by 16 tenths of a second, finishing 10th (27.84) in the 200m dash. Isabella Scalise finished 17th (5:37.86) in the 1600m, but still managed to set a personal best and qualify for the state meet by just over two seconds.

The girls 4x400m relay of Jami Pliego, Kemnitz, Sarah Minkiewicz, and Natalie Verderame finished fourth (4:14.55) and improved their state-qualifying time by just under eight seconds.

Sean Garrison finished second in the 1600m with a personal best (4:27.91), improved his state-qualifying time by just under ten seconds. Mark Murdy qualified for the state meet with a seventh-place finish (9:58.05) in the 3200m.

Southington traveled to West Hartford earlier in the week where the Lady Knights defeated Hall, 78-70, to earn their second win of the season. The boys fell short by three points, 76-73.

The following athletes and relays qualified for the state meet: Connolly in the 100m (13.24); the boys 4x800m relay (8.29); and Anthony Plantamuro in the 100m (11.4).

The following athletes and relays improved their state-qualifying times with personal bests: Katie Ierardi, Connolly, Rylee Van Epps, and Verderame in the 4x100m relay; and Verderame in the 100m.

The Lady Knights distance medley also competed at the Louck’s Invitational in White Plains, NY on Thursday, May 12. Verderame, Kemnitz, Erin Angelillo, and Gabi Napoli represented Southington and finished seventh out of 26 relay teams.

Southington will have one last chance to qualify for the state meet at the CCC Championships at Simsbury High School on Tuesday, May 24.

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