Track and Field 2014: Top 5 storylines this outdoor season

Chaslynn Saucier of Wilbur Cross will be a key member of the team and sprint medley relay. The Governors finished second in the nation during the indoor season.

Chaslynn Saucier of Wilbur Cross will be a key member of the team and sprint medley relay. The Governors finished second in the nation during the indoor season.

Can Wilbur Cross girls repeat indoor success?

The Wilbur Cross girls’ indoor team won its first SCC and State Open title since 2004 this past winter. They have small numbers but multi-talented athletes that will score points. They’ll be challenged in a deep field, but have a shot to back-to-back.

How fast can Alvarado run?

Fairfield Prep’s Christian Alvarado doesn’t have anything left to prove. He set the state indoor 3,200 and 2-mile record this winter. The real question is how much faster can he go? Alvarado is tantalizingly close to breaking the nine-minute mark. The 2-mile and 3,200 outdoor state records are waiting to be broken.

Who will win the SCC boys title?

Amity? Xavier? The Spartans have won the last two with Xavier finishing as the runner-up. In the indoor season, Amity edged out Xavier by two points to win the crown. But don’t count out Hand, Hamden and Cheshire.

Even faster SMR for Governors?

The Cross girls’ 1,600 sprint medley relay team of Chaslynn Saucier, Gabby Curtis, Shea Connors and Danae Rivers went undefeated in the indoor season and finished as the No. 2 team in the nation with a time of 4:02.68. The four could push for the outdoor state record of 3:59.87 set by Hillhouse in 2011.

Who will have a breakout freshman season?

Last year it was Rivers. Hand’s Caroline O’Neil made a name for herself in the sprints during the winter. Amity’s Emily Criscuolo and Kyle Beaudette finished the indoor season strong in the mile. Leah Rivers, Danae’s sister, is a solid sprinter and proved she could run with the best during the indoor season in the relays.

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