Track and Field: Passion is hallmark of Jacobs’ career

Amity's Thom Jacobs during a run. Jacobs officially resigned from coaching track last June. Photo courtesy of Sue Jacobs

Laddie Lawrence’s first memory of Thom Jacobs is from a track meet. A very passionate Jacobs was riled up about something. “I turned to him at the meet and said something to the effect of, ‘Just think, there’s billions of people in China who don’t even know we have a meet today. Don’t worry about […]

2015 New Haven Register All-Area Boys Outdoor Track Team

Register All-Area MVP Ruvens Exantus

Most Valuable Performer Ruvens Exantus Bunnell, Sr., jumps/hurdles Stats: Led Bunnell to a second-place finish at the SWC Championship meet, scoring 38 of his team’s 72 points by winning the 110 hurdles, long and triple jump and taking second in the 300 hurdles. Won the Class MM and State Open (46-10.25, school record) in triple […]

2015 New Haven Register Area Boys Track MVP: Ruvens Exantus, Bunnell

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When Bunnell’s Ruvens Exantus first began the triple jump his sophomore year, he would channel his inner musician as he stared down the runway. “(Head coach Jim Brown’s) words were, think of it as drumming; you have to have a three-beat rhythm and keep the spacing in between each beat (jump) consistently the same,” Ruvens […]

Here’s the CIAC’s official Spring Sports championship recap video

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The CIAC today released a comprehensive highlight video of all the spring sports state championships via the coverage of NFHS Network and CPTV Sports. It features 21 events, from track, to tennis, volleyball, softball, lacrosse and baseball. It’s 22 minutes of bliss. Related: The Top 25 Moments from Spring Championship Weekend.

Track and Field: Danae Rivers third in 800, CT athletes dominate at NB Nationals

The Tolland girls' 4x1 mile placed second at the New Balance Nationals on Sunday, earning all-american status and setting an unofficial state record. Photo courtesy of Jenny Jacobs

Under hot and humid conditions at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals at North Carolina A&T’s Aggie Stadium in Greensboro late Sunday afternoon, the game plan for Danae Rivers was to just go out hard. In a talented 800-meter field that featured multiple top 20 runners in the nation, the junior from Wilbur Cross was able […]

Track and Field: Staples’ DeBalsi finishes 3rd at Brooks PR 2 mile

Staples' Hannah DeBalsi, left poses with Anna Rohrer and Destiny Collins after the Brooks PR 2 mile race. DeBalsi finished in third place. Photo by Sara Bassett

SEATLLE >> Looking for a fast time and a good race, Hannah DeBalsi got just that on Saturday afternoon. The Staples High junior, who has battled a few bad performances in some of the top tier races this spring, bounced back with an impressive showing in the 2 mile at the Brooks PR Invitational in […]

Track and Field: CT athletes take on New Balance Nationals, Brooks PR

Tolland will look to continue its historic season this weekend at the New Balance Nationals. Register file photo

The high school track and field season will finally come to an end for many Connecticut track and field athletes this weekend. A handful of athletes will compete at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina (Friday thru Sunday), while two athletes will race at the Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle on Saturday. […]

Track and Field: Wilton’s Brown named Connecticut Gatorade Boys Athlete of the Year

Wilton's Spencer Brown was named Connecticut Gatorade Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year on Friday. Register file photo

This weekend couldn’t get any better for Wilton’s Spencer Brown. Friday morning Brown was named the 2014-15 Gatorade Track and Field Boys’ Athlete of the Year. On Saturday, Brown will run in the prestigious 800-meter race in Seattle at the Brooks PR Invitational looking to add another title to his already impressive resume. Brown, who […]

Track and Field: St. Paul’s Kilmer wins heptathlon title

St. Paul's Jillian Kilmer heads to the finish line Wednesday afternoon the 800 mete event of the girls' heptathlon. Photo by Mary Albl/Register

NEW BRITAIN >> With a 143-point lead over Hillhouse’s Jaliyah White heading into the final event, St. Paul’s Jillian Kilmer knew what she needed to do. The junior from Torrington dug deep to pull off a grueling 800-meter run and secure the first-place finish in the CIAC heptathlon on Wednesday afternoon at Willow Brook Park. […]

Track and Field: Hillhouse’s White in second place after Day 1 of heptathlon

Hillhouse's Jaliyah White, left and St. Paul's Jillian Kilmer battle it out in 200 meter dash Tuesday afternoon at Willow Brook Park in New Britain at the CIAC heptathlon championships. Photo by Mary Albl/Register

NEW BRITAIN >> Hillhouse’s Jaliyah White is in a familiar position heading into the final day of the CIAC heptathlon. For the second straight year White sits in second place. Tuesday afternoon at Willow Brook Park, White scored 2,607 points, while St. Paul’s Jillian Kilmer leads after one day of competition with 2,621 points. “My […]

Track and Field: Heptathlon/decathlon performance list

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CIAC Decathlon & Heptathlon Championship at the Coast Guard Academy.
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Tuesday and Wednesday at Willow Brook Park in New Britain, the CIAC heptathlon/decathlon, steeplechase and hammer throw championships will take place. Here is the official schedule: Girls Heptathlon – June 16 (11:30 a.m.), June 17 (11 a.m.) Boys Decathlon – June 16, 17 (11 a.m.) Girls Hammer Throw – June 16 (2:30 p.m.) Boys Hammer […]

2015 Spring State Championship Scoreboard, Story Links

The Amity Spartans Baseball team celebrates its "Three-Peat" Class LL win over Staples of Westport Saturday at Palmer field in Middletown. (Photo John Vanacore)

Baseball CLASS LL Amity 8, Staples 1   CLASS L North Haven 3, East Lyme 2   CLASS M Sheehan 5, Montville 0   CLASS S Northwest Catholic 5, Morgan 1   Softball CLASS LL Southington 5, Cheshire 4   CLASS L East Haven 4, Fitch 2   CLASS M Oxford 4, St. Joseph 0   CLASS S Holy Cross 4, Thomaston 0 […]

Track and Field: Record-setting day for Rivers at New Englands

Danae Rivers of Wilbur Cross battles Hannah Parker of Coe-Brown in the girls' 800. Photo by Mary Albl

SACO, MAINE >> With an exhausted but satisfied expression, Wilbur Cross junior Danae Rivers said she had just enough left in her. And that was all she needed Saturday afternoon. With 100 meters to go in the girls’ 800 meter race at Thornton Academy at the New England Track and Field Championships, Rivers surged past […]

Track and Field: CT athletes ready to shine at New Englands

Left to right, Tommy Wilson of Daniel Hand, Akiel Smith of Hllhouse and Mark Doyley of Weaver compete in the 100 meter hurdles at the CIAC Track & Field State Open in New Britain on 6/8/2015. Smith won the event.  Photo by Arnold Gold/New Haven Register   agold@newhavenregister.com

Saturday at Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine, Connecticut track and field athletes will take part in the 70th edition of the New England Track and Field Championships. Field events start at 10 a.m., track events will begin at 10:30 a.m. The top six finishers from last Monday’s CIAC State Open qualified for New Englands. If […]

Track and Field: Three Hillhouse state-record holders sign letters of intent

(Arnold Gold-New Haven Register)  Left to right, Hillhouse track athletes Jaliyah White, Akiel Smith and Alethia Moore are photographed after signing letters of intent for Northeastern University Coffeyville College and UMass, respectively, at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven on 6/11/2015.

NEW HAVEN >> In front of family, friends, teammates and coaches in attendance Thursday afternoon at the Floyd Little Athletic Center, three Hillhouse track and field athletes signed letters of intent to continue their education and athletic careers in college. Jaliyah White announced she will attend Northeastern University (Boston), Alethia Moore is headed to UMass […]

Thom Jacobs: A student-athlete’s appreciation

Matthew Gad is a senior at Amity High School and has run both cross country and track for coach Thom Jacobs, who recently announced his retirement from track after 29 years. GameTimeCT.com requested Gad share his thoughts about his coach: For years, Coach Thom Jacobs has groomed Amity athletes into success. He’s told them how […]

Track and Field: New England Championships Performance List

The CIAC Track and  Field State Open in New Britain on 6/8/2015.  Photo by Arnold Gold/New Haven Register   agold@newhavenregister.com

The New England Track and Field Championships will take place this Saturday at Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine beginning at 10 a.m. The top six finishers from the State Open on Monday at Willow Brook Park in New Britain automatically qualified. The performance list for the meet was released Tuesday afternoon. Amity, Windsor, Staples, Cross, […]

Boys Track and Field: Hillhouse takes third at State Open, Windsor wins first title since 2012

Left to right, Tommy Wilson of Daniel Hand, Akiel Smith of Hllhouse and Mark Doyley of Weaver compete in the 100 meter hurdles at the CIAC Track & Field State Open in New Britain on 6/8/2015. Smith won the event.  Photo by Arnold Gold/New Haven Register   agold@newhavenregister.com

NEW BRITAIN >> Coming into the State Open Track and Field Championships, the Hillhouse boys were not projected to win. Or for that matter, secure a top-three finish.  But the Southern Connecticut Conference and Class MM champions rose to the occasion Monday afternoon at Willow Brook Park and scored 37.50 points to finish in third […]

Friday’s Star: Mike Caruso, Career; vote for Monday’s Star of the Day

Mike Caruso, Career baseball: Had two hits, including the game-winning, two-run double in a 7-5 win over Trinity Catholic in the Class S quarterfinals. Vote for Monday’s Star of the Day until 9 p.m. Tuesday.