Housatonic alum Heacox ready to showcase talents at next level

Sean Meenaghan - Register Citizen
Former Housatonic track and field athlete Katie Heacox is ready to begin her first season at Southern Connecticut State University.

While hundreds of kids endure pre-season athletic training this week at area high schools, Housatonic’s Katie Heacox represents the small fraction of graduates getting their first glimpse at the next level. Heacox is the only Mountaineer to win back-to-back State Open titles. A four-year thrower (shot put, discus and hammer), she won the girls state […]

CIAC sets 2015-16 dates for preseason, regular season to begin

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Board of Controls voted last week to move back the start of the regular season in the fall of 2015. The 2015 fall season will begin on Friday, Sept. 11. While that is two days after the official start of this upcoming season (Sept. 9), it will only be four […]

Track and Field: Notre Dame West Haven’s Bill Parkinson steps down as head coach

Notre Dame West Haven head track coach Parkinson is stepping down as head coach, but will remain the cross country coach in the fall. Courtesy photo

After a highly-decorated 35 years, Notre Dame West Haven head track and field coach Bill Parkinson is stepping down. Parkinson will remain the cross country coach in the fall for the program and will stay on board as a volunteer assistant with the indoor and outdoor track teams. “It’s been a great pleasure and tremendous […]

2014 New Haven County All-Area Girls Outdoor Track Team

(Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register)
2014 NH County Area Girls Track MVP: Danae Rivers,  Wilbur Cross.

Danae Rivers – MVP Wilbur Cross, sophomore, middle distance runner Stats: Won the Loucks Games mile. Captured the 800 and 1,600 at SCC Championships, Class MM and State Open. Set an Open record in 1,600 of 4:47.45. Ran anchor of winning Open 4×400 relay. Won the New England Championships in 1,600, finished second in 800. […]

2014 NH County Area Girls Track MVP: Danae Rivers, Wilbur Cross

Danae Rivers of Wilbur Cross won the Gatorade Girls' Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Photo by Melanie Stengel/Register

In a sport where sometimes the individual achievements can outshine the team performance, Wilbur Cross’ Danae Rivers knew how to balance both to perfection. The sophomore middle distance runner went undefeated in the state of Connecticut in the 800 and 1,600 meter events, but the wins, as she said, are never guaranteed. The focus for […]

Track and Field: Local grads have good showing at USATF Junior Championships

Staples High graduate Henry Wynn, pictured here running at the 2013 State Open, finished in eighth place in the men's 1,500 at the USA Junior Championships. Register file photo

EUGENE, ORE. >> Staples High graduate Henry Wynne barely made Sunday’s finals of the men’s 1,500 at the USA Track and Field Junior Championships. But Wynne, who just finished his freshman year at the University of Virginia, made the most of his first junior championships as he captured eighth place in a competitive field at […]

Malafronte: Connecticut track lost friend in William Thompson

NEW HAVEN >> William Thompson was a postal worker who knew little about track and field when he brought his young daughter, Vanessa, to a brand new venture called the New Haven Age Group Track Club in 1976. Before long, he was ingesting every magazine article and book about the sport he could find. He’d […]

Litchfield County Area Girls Track MVP: Sabrina Olsen, Thomaston

Thomaston's Sabrina Olsen capped off her senior season with the State Championship in the steeplechase, her third straight state title in that event.
Pete Paguaga - Register Citizen

In a sport that regularly turns out prime examples of heart and fortitude – long distance running – Sabrina Olsen stands out among the champions because she genuinely enjoys running, seemingly, the longer the better. Witness her comments after her third straight state steeplechase championship earlier this month. “The steeplechase is my favorite event in […]

2014 Litchfield County All-Area Girls Track and Field

Sabrina Olsen Area-MVP Thomaston, Sr. Stats: Won the Class S state championship in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs, won the State Open in the steeplechase for the third year in a row, won the Berkshire League championship in the 4 X 800 relay, 800, 1,600, 3,200 and the steeplechase and she qualified for the […]

New Haven Register’s Athletes of the Year: Cross’ Danae Rivers, Ansonia’s Arkeel Newsome

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NEW HAVEN –  On one side stands the prodigy. Danae Rivers, as a sophomore for the Wilbur Cross girls’ indoor and outdoor track teams, is already the top middle-distance runner in the state and one of the best in the country. On the other side is the former prodigy, though Arkeel Newsome is by no means […]

SCC names scholar-athletes for May

Twelve student-athletes from six high schools have been named The SportsCenter of Connecticut/Southern Connecticut Conference Scholar Athletes of the Month for May. Now completing its eighth year, The SportsCenter of Connecticut/SCC Scholar Athlete of the Month program honored 115 athletes during the academic year. Student athletes who are selected must be a varsity letterwinner and […]

Track and Field: Top 10 highlights from the Outdoor and Indoor season

(Peter Casolino-New Haven Register)   Wilbur Cross' Danae Rivers wins the 1600 during the State Open Track and Field Championship at Middletown High School. pcasolino@newhavenregister.com

The high school track and field season is officially over. Well, until the indoor season starts this winter. But for me, that’s too far away. I need a little closure. And I’m sure the rest of you track and field fanatics do as well. So here’s a list of the Top 10 highlights of the […]

Track and Field: Staples’ DeBalsi finishes 2nd at Brooks PR, shatters state 2 mile record

Staples' Hannah Debalsi during the Brooks PR 2 mile. DeBalsi finished in second place with a state and national sophomore record time of 9:55.05. Photo by Sara Bassett

SEATTLE, WASH. >> It took till the last race of her outdoor track and field season, but Staples’ sophomore distance runner Hannah DeBalsi accomplished both of her season-long goals. Saturday afternoon, running in the Brooks PR Invitational 2 mile at Renton Memorial Stadium in Seattle, Washington, DeBalsi went under 10 minutes, shattering the Connecticut state […]

Track and Field: All-SCC Selections

Girls Outdoor Track & Field First Team Chaslynn Saucier (Wilbur Cross), 100 meters Zoie Reed (Amity Regional), 200 meters and Long Jump Tonija Young-Spencer (Hillhouse), 400 meters Danae Rivers (Wilbur Cross), 800 and 1600 meters Kaleigh Roberts (Mercy), 3200 meters Anna Atkinson (Branford), 100 meter hurdles Jaliyah White (Hillhouse), 300 meter hurdles Daniel Hand (Justine […]

Track and Field: Danae Rivers of Cross named CT Gatorade Girls Athlete of the Year

Danae Rivers of Wilbur Cross won the Gatorade Girls' Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Photo by Melanie Stengel/Register

Just a sophomore, Danae Rivers of Wilbur Cross already has quite the impressive track resume. She can now add one more accomplishment to the list. Thursday afternoon, Rivers was named the 2013-14 Gatorade Track and Field Girls’ Athlete of the Year. Rivers had a near flawless season on the track, as she won the Glenn […]

Branford’s Atkinson wins Heptathlon; Foran’s Griswold 2nd in Decathlon

Branford's Anna Atkinson won the CIAC Heptathlon title Wednesday. Photo by Mary Albl

NEW LONDON >> Wednesday morning before the start of the CIAC Track and Field Heptathlon, Branford head coach Kevin Connell sent Anna Atkinson a quick message. “Today is what you make of it, make it great” he said. Atkinson’s response was simple and to the point: I will. The senior did just that as she […]

2014 All-SCC Spring Sports Teams

Boys Volleyball First Team Tyler Barwise (Amity Regional), Ted Li (Cheshire), Anthony Carbone (Cheshire), Colin Haensel (Cheshire), Eric Kocur (Shelton), Andre Zumerchik (Xavier), Kevin Berger (Xavier) Second Team Nick Bottone (Amity Regional), Patrick Lindner (Cheshire), Trenton Hager (Cheshire), Wes Kimmel (Daniel Hand), Grant Fevrier (Shelton), John Hunter (Shelton), John Babon (Xavier) Golf Brent Marieb (Amity […]

Heptathlon/Decathlon: Hillhouse’s White, Branford’s Atkinson among Day 1 leaders

Foran's Nik Griswold throws the shot put during Tuesday's decathlon. Photo by Mara Lavitt/Register

NEW LONDON >> In the final event of Tuesday’s portion of the CIAC heptathlon, Hillhouse’s Jaliyah White knew exactly what she needed to do. White tore down the straightaway at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to run away with the 200 meters title in a time of 26.23 seconds. The victory propelled the junior to […]

Track and Field: Distance runners dominate at Nationals

Staples' Hannah DeBalsi and Darien's Alex Ostberg won nation titles at the New Balance Outdoor Championships this weekend. Photo by Sara Bassett

It’s been a pretty good weekend to be a distance runner from the state of Connecticut. At the New Balance Outdoor National Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, Staples’ Hannah DeBalsi, Darien’s Alex Ostberg and Fairfield Prep’s Christian Alvarado all won national titles. Ostberg, a junior, set the pace Friday evening as he won the 5,000 […]