This weekend Danbury will be hosting an expanded and very talented field of boys and girls high school and middle school track teams in the 34th annual O’Grady Relays. Teams from Connecticut and Massachusetts as well as local high schools and middle school track teams will be participating in this prestigious track event.
This is the first year the event will include two days of competition.
On Friday evening starting at 5:30 p.m. four new events have been added to the O’Grady’s. They are: the hammer, 4x1600m, Swedish Relays and the shuttle hurdles.
On Saturday morning starting at 9 a.m. the first of 16 events will begin the day with the very popular steeplechase closing out the meet.
There are 35 boy’s teams, 37 girl’s teams and five middle school teams expected to participate.
“The O’Grady Relays is a celebration of track and field excellence both individual but more importantly as a team,” Danbury boys’ coach Rob Murray said. “The O’Grady’s championship atmosphere begins the march toward gaining valuable experience in preparation for post season conference and state championships. “
The O’Grady Relays honor track and cross country legend Dan O’Grady who coached at Danbury HS from 1950-1979. The O’Grady Relays have had some outstanding performances over the years. Most notable are the 2012 Danbury boy’s 4×400 quartet that raced to the meet record of 3:22.63 and the 2008 Danbury girls 4×100 that sprinted to the meet record of 48.14.