Two of the more prominent athletes of interest among fans at the CIAC track and field meets this week will be juniors Gavin Sherry of Conard and Gary Moore Jr. of Hillhouse, who have the potential to set national marks whenever they compete. Both will compete in Class L on Tuesday at Willow Brook Park in New Britain at 4 p.m. Sherry is the top seed in the 1600 and the 3200 and his qualifying times in those events break the current meet records on the books. Moore is the top seed in the shot put and discus and his qualifying distances break the current meet records. Moore also is the No. 2 seed in the javelin.
Hillhouse goes for three-peat
Speaking of Hillhouse, the Academics have a solid shot to win their third straight state title. They won the Class MM titles in 2018 and 2019 (no outdoor season in 2020 due to COVID-19). Coach Gary Moore Sr. believes he has a good shot for the title starting with his son Gary Moore Jr. who has the potential to get three wins (shot put, discus, javelin). Hillhouse is the top seed in the 4×400 relay and No. 2 seed in the 4×100 relay and Matthew Gibbs is the No. 1 seed in the 300 hurdles and No. 2 seed in the 110 hurdles.
Hall moves to LL
One reason Hillhouse has a shot at a Class L title is two-time defending L champ Hall has moved into Class LL this season. Norwich Free Academy, Staples, Greenwich and Glastonbury have their share of depth and talent to make a run at the top 4-5 spots for the team title. But Hall has a shot to get a three-peat thanks to a combination of multiple top seeds and depth. Walker Beverly has the top seed in the 3200 and No. 3 seed in the 1600, Hall has the top seed in the 4×100 relay and No. 2 seeds in the 4×400 and 4×800 relays and Israel Henriques-Setho has the top seed in the long jump and triple jump.
Bloomfield always tough
Like their girl counterparts, the Bloomfield boys have been dominant in state meets. From 2006-2019 Bloomfield boys had five Class M titles, seven Class S titles, a runner-up finish in Class S in 2018 and a runner-up finish in Class M in 2006. While the girls are in Class S, this season the Bloomfield boys compete in Class M. The talent is there for another solid run led by No. 1 seeds Ajrael Anderson in the triple jump and Robert Dinkley in the high jump. One of the top challenges will come from Haddam-Killingworth with its depth and talent. Among the top Cougars are top seeds Eamon Sweeney in the javelin and 110 hurdles, John Bruder in the shot put and Yale-bound Matt Jennings in the 800.
Derby looks tough in Class S
The Derby boys go into Class S with the most top seeds with five. Derby’s Branden McLean is the top seed in the 100, Massimo Pettine is the top seed in the 110 hurdles, Derby is the top seed in 4×100 relay and Zerion Montgomery is the top seed in the long jump and triple jump. Coventry is another top challenger with its depth and talent.