INDOOR TRACK: Silver, bronze and school records in State Open haul, but no gold

INDOOR TRACK: Silver, bronze and school records in State Open haul, but no gold

NEW HAVEN — A year after Southington shot-putter Amanda Howe hit the motherlode, gold proved elusive at the 2019 CIAC State Open for area indoor track teams on Saturday afternoon at the Floyd Little Athletic Center.

The top athletes, though, again proved to be more than flashes in the pan.

Southington junior high jumper Sydney Garrison tied for second in her event and tied her own school indoor record at 5 feet, 4 inches, while Lyman Hall junior Michael Toppin lowered his own school mark earning bronze in the 300 meters with a time of 35.63 seconds.

Two area relay teams also broke their own program records. Both came in the meet-ending 4x400:

■*The Southington quartet of Ryan Slesinski, Trevor Porter, Joe Verderame and Johnny Carreiro ran a 3:31.84 in placing 10th in the boys race.■*The Sheehan combo of Olivia Dubuc, Clarisse Aminawung, Avery Winters and Julia Mansfield crossed in 4:11.19 placing seventh in the girls event.

The Open’s ultimate headlines belonged to the Hall boys and Bloomfield girls, who won the team titles.

The Warriors were led by their record-setting sprint medley relay (3:34.06). The Warhawks were led by sprinter Tery Miller, who broke the girls 55-meter record of 6.99 with a 6.95 and also won the 300.

Two other State Open records were broken:

■*NFA pole vaulter Paige Martin went a half-inch over the 12-0 Newtown’s Jenna Calandro cleared in 2014.■*The Suffield boys, with a 7:59.84, became Connecticut’s first 4x800 indoor team to go under 8:00.

The lone area class champ in the mix was Southington shot-putter Trinity Cardillo, who had taken Class LL at 39-6½. The junior threw further on Saturday, landing a 39-8½, but this time around it was good for only fourth place.

Wilbur Cross senior Susie Okoli won at 41-0 on her final throw.

In the high jump, Southington’s Garrison needed just one attempt to tie her school record at 5-4.

At that point, Garrison was in a three-way battle with Berlin senior Patricia Mroczkowski and NFA senior Allyson Lewis. Mroczkowski was the only one of the three to clear 5-6.

The highest heights belonged to the pole vaulters. Southington senior Casey Selinske was 13th among the boys at 12-0. Sheehan senior Kyra Connolly was 10th among the girls at 9-0.

Lyman Hall’s Toppin, along with placing third in the 300, landed a 20-7¼ to finish eighth in the long jump. The junior also anchored Lyman Hall’s 11th-place 4x400 relay behind seniors Jake Ranney, Andrew Horobin and Luke Horobin (3:32.22).

Southington’s record-holding middle distance runners, Ryan Slesinski and fellow senior Kate Kemnitz, were ninth in the 600 and 1000 meters, respectively.

They lowered their seed times, though not their program standards. Slesinski ran a 1:25.72 in the 600 (his record: 1:24.44). Kemnitz logged a 3:09.46 (her record: 3:05.97).

Sheehan’s Dubuc, coming off a school-record 1:40.23 produced while finishing third in the Class M 600, placed 13th at the Open in 1:41.99.

Saturday’s top performers advance to the New England Championships on Saturday, March 2 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.


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