CIAC TRACK & FIELD:  Maloney’s Gallaher takes Class L javelin; Cardillo continues Southington dynasty in Class LL discus

CIAC TRACK & FIELD:  Maloney’s Gallaher takes Class L javelin; Cardillo continues Southington dynasty in Class LL discus



Record-Journal staff

Trinity Cardillo extended Southington’s legacy in discus on Thursday, while Maloney’s Mychael Gallaher extended one of her own in javelin.

Cardillo, a junior, picked up right where her Southington predecessor Amanda Howe left off, winning the Class LL discus championship with a throw of 118 feet, 4 inches at Willow Brook Park.

Later in the afternoon, Gallaher followed up on her CCC South title in the javelin by winning Class L at Middletown High School. The senior threw for 107 feet, 8 inches.

Cardillo and Gallaher were both top seeds and both delivered on expectations.

While Cardillo faulted on the majority of her six attempts, there wasn’t  much drama in her event. Cardillo hit for 118-4 on her first throw and no one came within 15 feet of it.

Gallaher’s competition was much closer. She landed 107-8 on her second attempt and then watched Simsbury’s Jacqueline Ritz (105-11) and Hall’s Lexie Nieves (101-0) eclipse 100 feet as well.

No one would overtake her, though, and Gallaher secured Maloney’s lone gold medal at the Class L meet.

Cardillo’s triumph in the discus gave Southington two golds at the Class LL meet, which spanned two days due to Wednesday evening’s rain. Before that rain came, senior Casey Selinske cleared 13 feet to win pole vault.

The Blue Knights also got a third-place performance that afternoon from hurdler Eli Rodriguez. The senior took bronze in the 110 high hurdles with a time of 15.25.

When the meet resumed on Thursday, the Southington girls got busy. Along with winning discus, Cardillo placed second in the shot put at 38-10½. She didn’t miss a second gold by much. Danbury’s Tiana Rogers won by 2½ inches at 39-1.

The Lady Knights also had a second-place finish from junior Sydney Garrison in the high jump (5-4) and a third from senior Alijah Vega in the javelin (104-11).

Class MM: Like the Class LL meet, the Class MM competition opened Wednesday, got shut down by rain, then resumed Friday at Willow Brook Park.

Platt and the Lyman Hall boys were in competition. The Panthers got a Class MM championship from Julio Hernandez in the javelin (162-1) and the Trojans got a bronze from Michael Toppin in the 200 (22.86).

That 200 was a tight race. Toppin was within three-tenths of a second of winner Deshaune Poole of Hillhouse (22.57) and .01 behind runner-up Christ N’Dabian of Stratford (22.85).

Class L: Cheshire’s Riley Pettit was fourth in the 100 hurdles in 10.35 seconds and fellow Ram Kira Zawalich was fourth in the 300 hurdles in 48.03. 

Cheshire’s Hannah Portal placed fifth in discus (96-05), one slot ahead of Lyman Hall’s Kaylie McComb (94-02). LH’s Mackenzie Grady was sixth in javelin (91-5). 

In the boys competition, Cheshire finished third in the 4x800 with the quartet of Charlie Pettit, Brendan Mellitt, Francis Simpatico and Ryan Farrell in 8:10.50.


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