TRACK & FIELD: Platt, Maloney split CCC South duals, setting up rivalry showdown; Lady Spartans chasing first undefeated season

MERIDEN — The stage is set.

When the Platt and Maloney track teams hold their annual rivalry meet next Tuesday at Maloney, more than bragging rights will be on the line.

The Lady Spartans will be looking to wrap up an undefeated dual-meet season, and that would be a first.

Said Maloney coach Don Askew, “Our girls needing to go through Platt next Tuesday to finish the regular season undefeated for the first time ever — I wouldn't want it any other way.”

The Spartans upped their spotless record to 6-0 with a 98-28 CCC South win this Tuesday at home against Plainville. The Panthers, meanwhile, fell to Middletown 98-48, yet remain a team with a winning record at 3-2-1.

The Maloney girls are one of two area teams angling for an unbeaten dual-meet season. The Sheehan girls are the other. The Lady Rams of Cheshire were unbeaten until splitting a SCC double-dual Tuesday in West Haven.

Here’s the rundown of the Meriden meets.

Platt: The Panther boys (3-3) beat Middletown 84-66 by sweeping the hurdles and the jumps, and by getting three wins from sprinter Zyair Coleman.

Coleman won the 200 in 22.42 seconds and the 400 in 54.08. He also anchored the 4x100 relay behind Justin Bennett, Marc Bishop and Darrell Preston.

Jevin Merriam Cividanes took care of the hurdles, winning the 110 in 18.57 and the 300 in 47.76.

In the jumps, Sheliq Setzer captured the long at 18 feet, 4 inches, Marc Bishop the triple at 38-3 and Kimani Johnson the high at 5-2.

Anthony Hernandez ran to victory in the 3200 in 11:50 and teamed with Jomar Cruz, Rodolfo Godinez and Jaylen Mateo on the winning 4x800 relay.

Platt’s top performer in the girls meet was Mia Daley, who brought home the triple jump (29-2) and javelin (73-0).

Dayanara Gonzalez was first in the 300 hurdles (53.58) and Muhanie Joseph took the high jump (4-4).

Maloney: The girls won every event against Plainville except the pole vault.

Triple-winner Bria Benigni delivered in the 800 (2:20), the 1600 (5:08) and the 3200 (12:09).

Mackenzie McCormack swept the 100 (12.43) and 200 (26.82) and led off the 4x100 ahead of Elliyah Cloutier, Jylosdet Davila and Shaelyn Murphy (0:55).

Individually, Cloutier won the 300 hurdles (51.21), Davila the 100 hurdles (19.67) and triple jump (34-5) and Murphy the high jump (5-2).

Cloutier also combined with Mia Carbone and Macy Figlewski on two winning relays. The trio teamed with McCormack on the 4x400 (4:23) and with Savannah Vasquez on the 4x800 (10:16).

Carbone won the individual 400 (1:02.4).

Also for Maloney, Sienna Uliase was a double-winner in the shot put (27-4) and discus (86-3). Kath Kohlun threw long in javelin (84-5) and Lyric Knight landed 15-1 in the long jump.

In the boys half of the meet, Plainville prevailed 89-61 to knock the Spartans to 0-6.

Maloney did sweep the relays. Austin and Spencer Studley combined with Tristyn Barnes and Jack Curry on the 4x800 (8:49) and with Ian Graham and Kejaun Richardson on the 4x400 (3:46).

Graham led off the 4x100 (43:09) ahead of Donte Kelly, Marquis Ward and Izayiah Gallaher.

Kelly and Ward also took individual gold — Kelly in the triple jump (39-9), Ward in the long jump (20-1).

Barnes won the individual 800 (2:09) and Mike Reddick threw 42-7 to win shot put.



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