Litchfield County All-Area Indoor Track and Field Team

Chelsea Hayward Area MVP Litchfield, Sr. Stats: Won the Class S Title in the 300M, finished in second at the State Opens, sixth at New England’s in the same event. Finished in fourth in Class S in the 55M dash, came in fifth at the State Opens. Honors: All-State, Two-Time All-Berkshire League for outdoor track […]

Litchfield County Area Indoor Track MVP: Chelsea Hayward, Litchfield

Litchfield’s Chelsea Hayward won the Class S Title in the 300M and finished in second at the State Opens.
Sean Meenaghan — Register Citizen

LITCHFIELD >> Litchfield High School senior Chelsea Hayward ran 300 meters faster than all but one high school female runner in the state this winter. In the 55 meters, just four girls ran faster at the State Open. Chelsea Hayward is fast. Some of it comes naturally, following in the footsteps of her sister, Olivia, […]

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

(Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register) New Haven County All-Area indoor track MVP: Danae Rivers, Wilbur Cross

To see what Danae Rivers is most proud of, you’ll need to visit the Robert H. Saulsbury Gymnasium at Wilbur Cross High. That’s where the championship banners hang. At the beginning of the indoor track and field season this past winter, the sophomore gazed at the walls and found something missing. “A lot of flags […]

2014 NH County All-Area Girls Indoor Track Team

Danae Rivers – AREA MVP Wilbur Cross, So., middle distance Stats: Won the SCC, Class L and State Open 1,600 meter title. Set a state record in 1,600 (4:52.29). Won the New England mile title and finished fourth at New Balance Nationals in the mile (4:48.59). Part of winning SCC, Class L and Open sprint […]

CCC softball: Southington readies for title defense

First-year Southington softball coach Davina Hernandez hits her outfielder's fly balls Wednesday afternoon at practice.
Derek Turner - GameTimeCT

Coming off its 15th state title, the winningest softball program in the state has its eyes on yet another. Davina Hernandez enters her first season as Southington’s head coach, taking over for John Bores who retired after last season’s state championship. She has the team excited to get started. “Everyone just wants to be outside. […]

Renovations to Torrington’s sports complex will soon get under way

Peter Wallace — Register Citizen
Coach Mike Tyler holds a piece of the old track - a quarter inch thick. The new surface will be three times the old thickness.

TORRINGTON >> Take a long look at the Torrington High School’s Robert H. Frost Sports Complex. As of May 7, good and bad memories alike disappear with the turn of a shovel, the first spade full of dirt toward completion of a $2.7 million renovation funded by the state. The project was opened for bids […]

Indoor Track: SCC All-Conference teams

The 2013-14 Southern Connecticut Conference Indoor track and field team. GIRLS INDOOR TRACK Chaslynn Saucier (Wilbur Cross), 55 meters Caroline O’Neil (Daniel Hand), 300 meters Lananja Carr (Hillhouse), 600 meters Kaleigh Roberts (Mercy), 1000 and 3200 meters Danae Rivers (Wilbur Cross), 1600 meters Anna Atkinson (Branford), 55 meter hurdles, High Jump Hillhouse (Tonija Spencer, Diana […]

Danae Rivers of Cross places 4th in mile at Indoor Nationals

Danae Rivers of Wilbur Cross finished fourth in the girls' 1 mile at the Indoor Nationals on Sunday.

NEW YORK >> Danae Rivers of Wilbur Cross hung with Alexa Efraimson, one of the top high school milers in the United States, for as long as she could Sunday afternoon. That in itself was impressive. Rivers fell off the pace toward the end, but the sophomore made a name for herself on a national […]

Torrington coach/teacher helps athletes see life in different light

Torrington High School track and field seniors visit the Ronald McDonald House in New Haven as part of Coach Jada Mattielloís ongoing effort to expose kids to more than ìjustî the rigors of competition. This group made the visit three years ago.

Submitted Photo

TORRINGTON >> Anyone who gets close to them knows teachers and coaches accept far longer hours and more responsibilities than they can ever be paid for. For some, that isn’t enough. The fire burns to find new ways to help. Jada Mattiello, an English teacher and track coach at Torrington High School is such a […]

Wilbur Cross sprint medley relay captures 2nd at Indoor Nationals

The Wilbur Cross sprint medley team. Shea Connors, Gabby Curtis, Chaslynn Saucier and Danae Rivers took second place at the the Indoor Nationals. Photo courtesy of Connors

NEW YORK >> The Wilbur Cross girls’ sprint medley relay team already had a pretty impressive resume heading into the New Balance Indoor Nationals. Saturday afternoon, they added one more item to the list for good measure: All-American. The Governors not only won their heat, but ran a blistering time of four minutes and 2.68 […]

Staples High DMR finishes 3rd at Indoor Nationals, earn All-American

The Staples High girls' distance medley relay team of Tyler Scanlin, Olivia Wiener, Hannah DeBalsi and Erica Hefnawy captured third place at the New Balance Indoor National Championships on Friday in New York.

NEW YORK >> Moments after stepping down from the podium at The Armory, Olivia Wiener and Tyler Scanlin didn’t realize, that beside a third place finish and earning All-American status, they had also unofficial set a new indoor state record in the girls’ distance medley relay. “Wait, we broke the record,” Wiener said. “That’s awesome,” […]

Wilbur Cross runners focus on nationals

Danae Rivers of Wilbur Cross will run in the sprint medley relay and the one mile this weekend at the New Balance New Indoor Nationals. Photo by Arnold Gold

NEW HAVEN >> The Wilbur Cross girls’ sprint medley relay squad is keeping pretty hush-hush these days. And it’s for a good reason. The team, made up of Chaslynn Saucier, Gabby Curtis, Shea Connors and Danae Rivers, will compete Saturday at the New Balance Indoor Nationals at 1:35 p.m. at the Armory in New York. […]

Track and Field: Former Staples High runners, now coaches, key part of program

Malcolm Watson gathers with the Staples girls' cross country team this past fall. Photo courtesy of Sara Bassett

WESTPORT >> Every day Malcolm Watson gets to be a kid.The 30-year-old laces up his sneakers each day and spends his afternoons running, laughing and a lot of times, outsprinting high school kids. And it’s all for work. Watson is an assistant coach for the Staples High cross country and track program. For the past […]

Connecticut home to the nation’s best 2-milers

Staples sophomore Hannah DeBalsi

It’s official. Connecticut is now home to the two best 2 mile high school distance runners in the nation. On Saturday afternoon at the New England Championships at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Boston, Farfield Prep’s Christian Alvarado and Staples’ Hannah DeBalsi both won the 2 mile event in record-setting fashion. According to, […]

CT distance runners dominate at New England Indoor Track Championships

Danae Rivers of Wilbur Cross runs during the girls' mile race on Saturday at the New England Championships.

BOSTON >> Danae Rivers clung tightly to a red flower and a plaque as she quietly gathered her thoughts on Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center. The Wilbur Cross sophomore had a hard time coming up with answer for what just happened. “I’m not sure what this all means, but this is nice,” she […]

Staples sending strong group to New Englands

Danae Rivers (left) of Wilbur Cross keeps pace with Hannah DeBalsi (center) of Staples in the 1600 meter run at the State Open in New Haven on 2/17/2014.  Rivers pulled ahead to finish first.  Photo by Arnold Gold/New Haven Register

WESTPORT >> Saturday the Staples girls’ indoor track team will bring its largest group ever to the New England Championships in Roxbury, Mass. After winning the Class LL title and a runner-up finish at the State Open, the goals are the same. “I think we want everyone to try and make sure that this race […]

Cross looking to continue success at New England Championships

State Open Track Championship in New Haven on 2/17/2014.  Photo by Arnold Gold/New Haven Register

Over the past two months, Travis Gale has become accustomed to the same verse over and over. “I’ve said it before, but they’ve put in the work and they’ve done what they’ve needed to do, and the results have come,” said the first-year Wilbur Cross girls indoor track and field coach. Gale’s Governors have put […]

NH County Athletes of the Week: Destiney Coward, East Haven; Chris Ruggiero, Lyman Hall

NH County Female Athlete of the Week: Destiney Coward, East Haven indoor track and field.
(Arnold Gold-New Haven Register)

Destiney Coward >> East Haven indoor track and field Senior won the shot put at the State Open, throwing it 39-5 . Coward also won the event in both the SCC and Class M state meets this season. HONOR ROLL Chaslynn Saucier, Wilbur Cross indoor track and field: Senior won the 55-meter dash and was […]

Wilbur Cross girls win first State Open indoor track title since 2004

Chaslynn Saucier (center) of Wilbur Cross finishes first in the 55m dash finals at the State Open in New Haven on 2/17/2014.  Photo by Arnold Gold/New Haven Re

NEW HAVEN >> The Wilbur Cross girl’s indoor track team brought 10 athletes to the Floyd Little Athletic Center Monday. They only needed eight to officially be called the best team in the state. Led by four first-place finishes, including a 4×400 relay win that officially clinched the title, the Governors scored 46 points to […]