Class M girls indoor track: Hillhouse finishes third

Floyd Little Athletic Center, New Haven, was the site of the CIAC Class M track championships. From left: Michaela Pernell of Nonnewaug came in first, Alethia Moore of Hillhouse came in second, and Tanaya Wade of Career came in third in the 55m dash. (Mara Lavitt -- New Haven Register)

Floyd Little Athletic Center, New Haven, was the site of the CIAC Class M track championships. From left: Michaela Pernell of Nonnewaug came in first, Alethia Moore of Hillhouse came in second, and Tanaya Wade of Career came in third in the 55m dash. (Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register)

Floyd Little Athletic Center, New Haven, was the site of the CIAC Class M track championships. East Haven's Destiny Coward won the shot put. (Mara Lavitt Ñ New Haven Register)  February 7, 2014 New Haven

Floyd Little Athletic Center, New Haven, was the site of the CIAC Class M track championships. East Haven’s Destiny Coward won the shot put. (Mara Lavitt Ñ New Haven Register) February 7, 2014 New Haven

NEW HAVEN >> Jaliyah White called it a wake-up call. Maybe it was. But the three-time defending champion Hillhouse girls still held their own Friday evening against a strong field at the Class M state indoor track and field championships.

With a young roster, the Academics finished in third place with 42 points. Tolland won the title (72 points), while Weston was second (63.75) at the Floyd Little Athletic Center.

White finished second in the 300 (41.51), setting a new personal record, as New London’s Francine Jacque took first (41.38). Hillhouse’s Tonija Young Spencer finished fourth (42.75).

“I was in the race by myself until the last 50 meters or so,” said White of the 300. “This is like a wake-up call for next week (at the State Open) to get everything better. Definitely think I can get my time down.”

White also placed third in the 55 hurdles (8.83), while teammate Alethia Moore finished second in the 55 (7.36). The Hillhouse 4×2 relay finished first (1:46.67), while the 4×4 secured third with a strong time of 4:19.05.

“I think we did well overall,” Hillhouse’s Whitney Curtis said. “I think we could have done better, but our goal for (the State Open) is to just run our best.”

Career took fourth as a team, led by Milani Glass, who finished second in the 55 hurdles (8.71). The Panthers went 3-4 in the long jump with Dahsia Middlebrooks (16-6) and Nina Sowah (16-3).

The Panthers finished second in the 4×2 (1:48.37).

“It was hard, it was a different lineup,” said Tanaya Wade, who was part of Career’s 4×4 relay team which finished ninth. “But we did our best.”

In the field events, East Haven’s Destiney Coward, who didn’t even qualify for the final round of the girls’ shot put a year ago, won the event Friday. Coward threw 39-11 to take first and the Class M crown.

“I mean, I definitely worked hard, last year was my first year. I’m more determined and motivated,” Coward said of her progress. “I want to stay No. 1 in the state.”

Coward will enter next week’s State Open with the top throw. One of her priorities is to pass the 40-foot mark.

“That’s my goal,” Coward said. “Just don’t want to worry about anyone else and focus on myself. I know it’s in me.”

Team Scores: 1) Tolland 72; 2) Weston 63.75; 3) Hillhouse 42; 4) Career 33.75; 5) Rham 30; 6) Sheehan 26; 7) New London 23; 8) Nonnewaug 22; 9) Fermi 18; 10) Avon 17; 11) East Haven 13; 11) Berlin 13; 13) Plainfield 11; 13) Bacon Academy 11; 15) Guilford 10; 15) Ledyard 10; 17) Stonington 9.75; 18) Sacred Heart Academy 7; 19) Rockville 5; 20) Waterford 4; 20) Bethel 4; 20) St. Joseph 4; 23) New Fairfield 3; 23) Northwestern 3; 25) Suffield 2; 25) Ellington 2; 25) Woodstock Academy 2; 28) Lewis Mills 1.75; 29) Stratford 1; 29) Jonathan Law 1

Individual results
55 Meter Dash:
1. Michaela Pernell, Nonnewaug, 7.32; 2. Alethia Moore, Hillhouse, 7.36; 3. Tanaya Wade, Career Magne, 7.51; 4. Savonnah Artis, Waterford, 7.54; 5. Megan Kikosicki, East Haven, 7.66; 6. Sara Velleca, Nonnewaug, 7.68.

300: 1. Francine Jacque, New London, 41.38; 2. Jaliyah White, Hillhouse, 41.51; 3. Whitney Farber, Weston, 42.47; 4. Tonija Young Spencer, Hillhouse, 42.75; 5. Sarah Swenson, Woodstock AC, 43.12; 6. Megan Kikosicki, East Haven, 43.49.

600: 1. Jenna Olander, Tolland, 1:36.40; 2. Kelsey Swanson, Tolland, 1:40.52; 3. Francine Jacque, New London, 1:41.41; 4. Amanda Holtzman, Avon, 1:42.78; 5. Alexandra DeLuca, Bethel, 1:44.68; 6. Katarina Konon, Bacon Academy, 1:45.19.

1000: 1. Christine Bendzinski, RHAM, 2:55.83#; 2. Rhemi Toth, Weston, 3:00.94; 3. Nicole Werner, Weston, 3:05.78; 4. Haley Hasty,b Rockville, 3:07.60; 5. Sabrina Rautter, New Fairfiel, 3:09.39; 6. Katie Saltzgiver, Fermi, 3:10.01.

1600: 1. Christine Bendzinski, RHAM, 5:13.58; 2. Liz Fengler, Sheehan, 5:19.17; 3. Caitlin Swanson, Tolland, 5:22.04; 4. Molly Hamel,Avon, 5:24.99; 5. Gabi Sejourne, Guilford, 5:26.58; 6. Haley Hasty, Rockville, 5:30.53.

3200: 1. Caitlin Swanson, Tolland, 11:18.39; 2. Liz Fengler, Sheehan, 11:18.70; 3. Kerri Ruffo, Plainfield, 11:37.11; 4. Michele Grieco, Berlin, 11:40.84; 5. Hayley Collins, Tolland, 11:43.75; 6. Sabrina Rautter, New Fairfield, 11:48.23.

55 Meter Hurdles: 1. Chenoa Sebastian, Ledyard, 8.53; 2. Milani Glass, Career, 8.71; 3. Jaliyah White, Hillhouse, 8.83; 4. Jada Harris, St. Joseph, 9.05; 5. Libby Morrison, Stonington, 9.46; 6. Sashanova McLaughlin, Fermi, 9.49.

4×200 Meter Relay: 1. Hillhouse (Alethia Moore, Diana Skinner, Tonija Young Spencer, Jaliyah White), 1:46.67; 2. Career (Ashanti Culbreath, Lindasha Davis, Milani Glass, Tanaya Wade), 1:48.37; 3. Weston, 1:50.27; 4. Tolland, 1:51.44; 5. Bethel, 1:52.06; 6. Nonnewaug, 1:52.37.

4×400 Meter Relay: 1. Tolland (Kelsey Swanson, Jenna Olander, Julia Sprout, Katherine Deloreto), 4:06.75; 2. Weston, 4:12.13; 3. Hillhouse, 4:19.05; 4. Rham, 4:19.88; 5. Sheehan, 4:22.48; 6. Plainfield, 4:24.16.

4×800 Meter Relay: 1. Tolland, 9:50.23; 2. Berlin, 10:05.45; 3. Weston, 10:09.18; 4. Plainfield, 10:16.36; 5. Ellington, 10:16.93; 6. Avon, 10:18.38.

1600 Sprint Medley: 1. Tolland (Jessica Barry, Jennifer Jacobs, Katherine Deloreto, Julia Sprout), 4:23.02; 2. Avon, 4:30.58; 3. Rham, 4:33.25; 4. Fermi, 4:33.47; 5. Suffield, 4:34.22; 6. Berlin, 4:34.26.

High Jump: 1. Mae Mathews, Nonnewaug, 5-02; 2. Becki Golia, Sacred Heart, 5-00; 2. Mercedes Santos, New London, 5-00; 4. Dahsia Middlebrooks, Career, 4-10; 4. Libby Morrison, Stonington, 4-10; 4. Chloe Shapiro, Weston, 4-10; 4. Mary Claffey, Lewis Mills, 4-10.

Pole Vault: 1. Jane Wall, Weston, 10-00; 2. Sofia Moscovitz, Guilford, 9-00; 3. Hannah Campos, Weston, J9-00; 4. Emily Iatesta, Weston, 8-06; 5. Emily Castro, Weston, 8-00; 6. Brianna Little, Northwestern, J8-00.

Long Jump: 1. Sierra Cameron, Bacon Academy, 17-00; 2. Sashanova McLaughlin, Fermi, 16-08.75; 3. Dahsia Middlebrooks, Career, 16-06; 4. Nina Sowah, Career, 16-03; 5. Jennifer Jacobs, Tolland, 16-01.50; 6. Kiki Smith, Law, 15-11.

Shot Put: 1. Destiny Coward, East Haven, 39-11; 2. Michaela Mendygral, Sheehan, 36-03; 3. Libby Morrison, Stonington, 34-03; 4. Mackenzie Vermette, Fermi, J34-03; 5. Patrica McAllister, Northwestern, 33-01; 6. Alisha Excellent, Stratford, 32-10.

Comments

  1. SCC- former track athlete says

    It’s takes a head coach to realize you can’t play favorites when coaching young track athletes! Someone please inform Coach M. of Hillhouse that instead of leaving athletes on the sidelines it would be beneficial to coach them so everyone can achieve in the meet. Coaching your top 6 athletes will not win every meet!
    Team chemistry should always come first!
    Great job to all the athletes who competed!

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