By KEVIN ROBERTS
Six standout Southington athletes signed letters to compete at the college level in cross country and track and field last month in a ceremony held in the Southington High School cafeteria.
Kate Kemnitz will be running indoor and outdoor track at Division I Syracuse University. She is focusing on environmental engineering for her studies as of now.
“It was sort of a last-minute decision, but I knew they had a really great running program that’s established,” Kemnitz said. “They have a great longer distance program, especially cross country, but I know they’re also strong in mid-distance. They have a great program.”
Casey Selinske, a Class LL state champion in the pole vault, is headed to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Ryan Slesinski will be running for Southern Connecticut State University, as will Natalia Adamczyk. Samantha Przybylski will take her running ability with her to Springfield College, while Kailey Schmarr is headed to Eastern Connecticut State University.
Kemnitz leaves Southington after becoming the individual school record holder in the 600, 800m, 1000m, 1600m and mile races in 2019. She is also part of school record relays in 4x400m and distance medley races that were set in 2019. Kemnitz is also a member of relay records in 4×800 (2016) and 1600m sprint medley (2018). Individually, she made all-conference in outdoor track in 2016, 2018 and 2019, she did so in cross country in 2017 and 2018, and she made it in indoor track in 2018-19. Kemnitz was all-state in indoor track in 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2018-19. She was all-state in outdoor track in 2016 and 2019.
Selinske’s winning height in the Class LL pole vault was 13’, exactly one foot better than the height he achieved at the CCC West Division championship meet the previous week. Selinske had gone 12’9” at the EO Smith Invite on May 3, but he had never cleared 13’ until the state championship meet. Selinske made all-conference in indoor track in 2018-19, and outdoor track in 2019. He was all-state in the pole vault in 2018-19 indoor track and 2019 outdoor track.
Slesinski’s name is in the record books in two individual events and three relays for his efforts just in 2019. He holds the top time in the 400m, 600m, 800m and is part of record-holding relays in the 4×400, 1600m sprint medley, and distance medley. In 2018, Slesinski helped set the school record in the 4x800m relay. Slesinski made all-conference in indoor track in 2018-19, and outdoor track in 2019. He was all-state in indoor track in 2017-18 and 2018-19, doing so in three different events in 2018-19. Slesinski made all-state in outdoor track in 2019.
Adamczyk put together personal-best times in the 800m, 1600m, 3000m, 3200m, 5000m and 2000m steeplechase races during her senior track season. Adamzyk was an all-conference cross country runner in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Przybylski is part of two record-holding relays, the 4×200 (2018) and the 1600m sprint medley (2019). She was all-conference in outdoor track during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Schmarr made all-conference in cross country in 2018.
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