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).
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).