Southington track teams set 4 records; Boys earn 4th victory



The Lady Knights added four more school records to the history books this past week, while the Blue Knights achieved their fourth win—but didn’t realize it at the time.

Now, Southington will look to qualify more athletes for the state meet this week when they host Hall at home in their dual meet of the regular season before heading to Simsbury for 86th annual Greater Hartford Invitational.

The girls are currently 3-2, and the boys are 4-1.

At Simsbury

MAY 2—Southington competed in its third dual meet on on Tuesday and split the event with a win and a loss. The boys edged out the Trojans by two points, 76-74.

“It was a fun meet to watch develop, in terms of scoring,” said Southington coach Dachelet. “In my time here at Southington, we haven’t had that much of a meet where it was so close.”

Although the boys team came away with the win, it wasn’t discovered until later. Hours after the meet, coaches discovered a scoring error in the javelin. Dave Pastor (140’6”) won easily, and Mark Meade (115’2”) edged Jackson Brush (114’4”) for second place. But Meade’s second place throw was missed by scorers.

“It was a shame that the guys didn’t get a chance to celebrate together on the track after a big race thinking that we had won the meet,” said Dachelet. “But across the board, it was good success for everyone, in terms of all the event groups contributing.”

The boys team only came away with six first-place finishes in the meet, but made up for the points with 12 second-place finishes out of the 18 events.

Jeffrey Hannigan (high jump), Tyson Harris (long jump), Kenneth Dowler (100m dash), and the 4x400m relay qualified for the Class LL meet, and a number of others improved their state marks.

The girls couldn’t undo their loss, falling to Simsbury, 79-71. Lady Knights garnered 11 first-place finishes, but the Trojans countered that with 19 second and third-place finishes combined to steal the eight-point victory.

“If I went back, I’m sure I could find spots here and there that could have changed the score if we had performed slightly better,” said Lady Knight coach Connor Green. “But it is what it is. The girls did a great job, and we walked away beaten, but not defeated.”

The 4x100m relay of Tayler Riddick, Abby Connolly, Samantha Przybylski, and Natalie Verderame broke their own school record of 51.4 that they set earlier this season with a time of 50.6, improving their state time as well. Kate Kemnitz broke the school record (2:25.7) in the 800m run with a time of 2:23.4, which was set by Maureen Suchenski in 2001. Megan Biscoglio broke her own school record of 11’1” that she set earlier this season by a couple of inches with a height of 11’3”, improving her state mark as well.

The 4x400m relay (4:13) qualified for the state meet, while Verderame (400m dash) and Rylee Van Epps (300m hurdles) improved their state times.

Last Minute Invitational

MAY 6—When the Irv Black Invitational in New Britain was canceled, the locals shifted to Manchester for the Last Minute Invitational on Saturday. With a strong headwind, runners struggled to set new marks, but for the third time this spring, Biscoglio broke her school record in the pole vault (11’6”).

“I don’t even know what her limits are for this season,” said Green. “Every meet, she comes in ready to compete and ready to challenge new heights. The weather doesn’t matter…there literally is no limit to how high she will go.”

Trinity Cardillo (discus throw, 97’10”) and Alijah Vega (javelin throw, 98’2”) qualified for the state meet. Howe muscled the girls team with first-place performances in the shot put, discus throw, and hammer throw.

“We responded really well to the last-minute change,” said Green. “They all feel a little run down to a certain degree, but many of them came out and performed great.”

Male medalists from the meet included the following: Shane Leone in the 800m run; Hannigan in the 800m run and triple jump; Conner Leone in the 3200m run; Rodriguez in the 110m hurdles (1st); Mauro in the 110m hurdles and 300m hurdles; the medley relay team; and Anthony Mondo in the long jump and triple jump.

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