Wilbur Cross girls race to first SCC Indoor title

Danae Rivers led Wilbur Cross to its first-ever girls SCC title.

Danae Rivers led Wilbur Cross to its first-ever girls SCC title.

NEW HAVEN >> In pursuit of its first-ever Southern Connecticut Conference indoor track and field title, the Wilbur Cross girls team made sure it was a memorable one.

The Governors were disqualified in two relays but still managed to come out on top, scoring 62 points to win the crown Thursday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center. Hand finished second (50), and Mercy was third (47.50).

“It was definitely an exciting meet,” Wilbur Cross head coach Travis Gale said. “A lot of things happened in our favor, except the 4×400 and 4×800. So that just shows we could have had more points to earn. It was very nerve-wracking, but it worked out.”

The Governors, along with Amity, Branford and Mercy were all disqualified from the 4×800 after they were declared a lap short after finishing. The final legs on all four relay teams were put on the track a lap too soon, causing the teams to finish the a lap short.

But Wilbur Cross rebounded as senior Chaslynn Saucier won the 55 meters (7.29 seconds) and placed second in the long jump (16 feet, 9 inches). The sprint medley relay team (Saucier, Gabby Curtis, Shea Connors, Danae Rivers) set a meet record (4:15.14) and Claudia Schatz was second in the 600 (1:44.74) to Hillhouse’s Lananja Carr (1:43.39).

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Rivers, who was named meet MVP, set a record in the 1,600 (5:00.08).

“I’ve been waiting for this for all four years,” Connors said. “I’m just so excited. Our whole team just picked it right back up.”

Cross false started in the final event, the 4×400, but had accumulated enough points by then to secure the title.

Mercy’s Kaleigh Roberts took home wins in the 1,000 (3:03.57) and 3,200 (11:03.95).

“Going into (the events) the goal was to look to win it as a team, so I was looking to get two firsts out of that and get the points,” Roberts said.

In the 3,200, Roberts was challenged by Sheehan’s Liz Fengler who took second (11:19.77).

“Liz gave me a run for my money this time, so there’s always competition no matter what.”

Hillhouse won the 4×200 (Tonija Spencer, Diana Skinner, Jaliyah White, Alethia Moore) in a record time of 1:47.08.

East Haven’s Destiney Coward, who is the top shot putter in the state, threw 39-4 to claim the title.

“I threw 40 on Sunday and I was hoping to go over that today, maybe 42,” she said. “But you know there’s always states. I’m looking forward to it. I just have to be mentally prepared and mentally ready.”

Amity’s Zoie Reed defended her title in the long jump (17-00.50).


  1. Cross Pride says

    Way yo go Lady Governors! The SCC title is well deserved!
    It just shows when you involve all team members and not just work with your top 6 athletes you can achieve!
    Some teams ( Hillhouse) only work with there top 6 athletes and leave other hard working athletes standing on the sidelines.
    It seems times are changing in New Haven! The Governors are here!
    Heads up Career – Someone may walk into your backyard unannounced!
    Good luck Governors in states!
    You did the City of New Haven proud!

  2. Governors says

    Way to go Governors! I second what Cross pride stated. It takes a team to win a title! Only working with your top athletes hurts team chemistry!
    Also all the summer workouts a team did ( Hillhouse) didn’t pay off in the end because no title was won.
    How can a coach work the team out in the summer outside? Is that fair?
    Governors showed there is a new team in town!

  3. Camel Head says

    Sad!!! The top Cross and Hillhouse students came from the same youth group, that prided themselves as a “family” . Not sure who is spearheading this divide between children, but its disgusting!! I’m praying for all of those that come against the Hillhouse Coaching Staff. Say what you want, but this staff has put ALL levels of student/athletes in college. They take students on college tours, make sure they are keeping up with GPA and ensuring that most of the students are up to par with SAT scores. I’m sure that the ones making a stink are the ones that have left!!!

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