Six relay teams and 16 individual athletes will represent the Record-Journal coverage area at Saturday’s indoor track State Open at the Floyd Little Athletic Center.
The contingent includes five state class champions and three No. 1 seeds.
It also includes all four boys relay teams from Lyman Hall, which has enjoyed a record-setting winter punctuated by the SCC East Sectional team championship and runner-up finishes at the SCC confrence and Class M state meets.
Among the individual athletes, senior pole vaulters lead the way. Area vaulters won four of the eight class crowns: Southington’s Zach Burleigh and Megan Biscoglio in Class LL, Maloney’s Hannah Cloutier in Class L and Sheehan’s Stephanie Phoenix in Class M.
Burleigh and Biscoglio are the No. 1 seeds for the Open. Burleigh hit 13 feet, 6 inches to win Class LL and Biscoglio set a girls’ meet record at 11-8 in winning her title.
Burleigh will be challenged Saturday by a field that includes seven guys who cleared 13 feet in the class meets. Biscoglio’s pursuers include Phoenix at No. 5 (10-6) and Cloutier at No. 8 (9-6).
The area’s other No. 1 seed is Southington shot-putter Amanda Howe. The senior has the odd distinction of being a No. 1 seed who did not win a class championship. She tied for first in Class LL with Wilbur Cross junior Susie Okoli at 40-4¼, but lost on a tiebreaker (Okoli’s second-best throw was longer than Howe’s).
Look for Howe, who won the CCC conference crown at 42-3¾, to bounce back. She’ll have a teammate, too, for support. Southington sophomore Trinity Cardillo is the No. 14 seed.
Further scanning the field, there are two area high jumpers seeded No. 4: Lyman Hall senior Tylor Seamans and Southington sophomore Sydney Garrison. Seamans won the SCC and Class M meets at 6-2. Garrison was second in Class LL at 5-2.
There are also high hopes in the 3200. Cheshire senior Brendan Murray, seeded No. 2, takes another crack at rival Drew Thompson of Fairfield Prep.
As they did throughout the cross country postseason, the two went 1-2 in the Class LL meet, with Thompson crossing at 9:17.09 and Murray at 9:21.33. Both times broke the Class LL record.
Beyond that, Sheehan has a No. 11 seed in sophomore Oliva Dubuc in the 600 meters and Cheshire has a No. 18 in senior Rachel Kaplan in the 1000. Two Suthington relays have qualfied — the girls sprint medley (No. 16) and the boys 4x800 (No. 18).
The rest belong to coach David Palmer and his Lyman Hall boys. There will a dozen Trojans in New Haven on Saturday, including sophomore long jumper Michael Toppin (No. 15). Virtually all of the following were part of a school-record performance during the regular season.