NEW HAVEN >> It was déjà vu for the Amity and Xavier boys’ indoor track teams. Just like last year, when the Southern Connecticut Conference indoor track and field title came down to the wire, Thursday evening at the Floyd Little Athletic Center proved to be more of the same.
Heading in the final event of the evening, the 4×400 relay, the two teams were tied at 62 points apiece. The Spartans however, used a strong second leg to surge ahead and claim second place and win their seventh title with 70 points. Xavier was second (68) and Hamden and Hand tied for third (50).
“To have it be tied going in the last event is just mind-boggling,” Amity head coach Jeremy Iverson said. “To have it come down to the final event of the night just makes the meet more exciting.”
It was a thrilling finish as Amity’s 4×400 team of Joshua Timpko, Aria Mohseni, Michael Yuan and Ben Feola took second with a time of 3 minutes, 33.96 seconds. Cheshire won in 3:33.73, while Xavier finished third (3:36.73).
“I was confident,” Feola said. “We’ve always been a great 4×400 the entire season. We have a great sophomore in the second leg. He’s so fast he passed two kids and got us a great lead, and I just did my best to keep it up.”
Amity had multiple first-place finishes — Aaron Rattley in the 55 hurdles (7.78), Michael Yuan in the 1,000 (2:37.16), the 4×200 relay (1:34.37) and the sprint medley (3:44.92).
“Everybody had stand up performances,” Iverson said. “There were stand up performances from Xavier, from Hamden, and here at Amity too. I was very excited with how the team came together and performed and really pulled it out in the end.”
Fairfield Prep’s Chris Alvarado, who was named the meet MVP, repeated as the 1,600 (4:29.18) and 3,200 (9:20.36) champion. His time in the 3,200 was a meet record.
“I knew the record was 9:21, so I just did whatever I could to win the 1,600 and go for the record,” Alvarado said.
Prep, which finished in fifth place with 39 points, picked up first in the 600 (1:26.41) from Adam Vare.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Alvarado said. “With our team being so small and not even being in most events, it’s amazing that we’re able to do so well.”
Hillhouse’s Harold Cooper repeated as the 55 champion (6.56).