By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Lady Knight outdoor track and field team wrapped up the regular season with their final dual meet in their largest victory. One of their top athletes broke her own school record in an event that is not contested at the state meet for a second time this year.
The conference meet is up next for the Knights, and Southington coach Connor Green said that the team is set up in a great position for a conference title. It’s just going to take a team effort and a lot of depth to win a conference title.
“We have a couple of injuries that we are dealing with right now, but for the most part, everyone’s just taking it along and doing what they need to,” said Green. “We’re starting to get to a point in the season where kids are starting to run very good times, throw far, and jump high, and that’s what we’re looking for.”
The Knights will enter the postseason this week when they travel to Hall High School in West Hartford on Tuesday, May 22 for the CCC West Championship. Field events are scheduled to start at 1 p.m. with track events starting at 2 p.m.
Southington finished the regular season at 5-2 overall (3-1 home, 2-1 away) and 2-1 in the CCC West Colonial Division.
Win vs. NW Catholic
MAY 14—The Knights earned their fourth-straight win by closing out the regular season on Monday with their largest victory of the season in a 120-22 rout of divisional NW Catholic at home. The Knights finished first in 16 of the 18 events, sweeping the relays, the 400m, the 300m hurdles, the 800m, the 3200m, the javelin, the long jump, the triple jump, and the pole vault.
Besides the relays, Southington’s other individual first-place finishes included Trinity Cardillo (discus, shot put); Tayler Riddick (long jump, triple jump); Livvy Pizzitola (100m); Natalia Adamczyk (1600m); Natalie Verderame (400m); Lily Scalise (300m hurdles); Kate Kemnitz (800m); Kailey Schmarr (3200m); Janette Wadolowski (javelin); Amanda Brocki (high jump); and Megan Biscoglio (pole vault).
Moquete-Volquez qualified for the Class LL meet in the 800m (2:29.43). Mondo (javelin, 92’5”) and Cardillo (discus, 94’2”) improved their state marks.
Hillhouse State and National Qualifier
MAY 17—The Knights were represented by a handful of athletes in a couple of field events a few days later in the Hillhouse State and National Qualifier, held at Hillhouse High School in New Haven.
Amanda Howe broke her own school record of 155’11” in the hammer throw that she set earlier this season with a distance of 156’4”, beating out her next closest competitor by over 33 feet. Julia Groll (121’) and Cardillo (110’) were not far behind Howe with third and fourth-place finishes.
Howe also won the shot put by coming within a foot of her season best in the shot put with a mark of 39’5”. Cardillo (32’8”) tied for fourth in the same event, while Groll (27’5”) placed 10th.
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