Danbury, FCIAC strong in Class LL
Two-time defending Class LL champion Danbury, coming off a team title at the FCIAC championships, is the one to beat led by freshman sensation Alanna Smith who is the top seed in the 100, 200 and 400. Teammate Meilee Kry is the top seed in the triple jump and second seed in the long jump. Greenwich, Ridgefield and Fairfield Ludlowe are other teams with their share of standouts. Greenwich’s Mari Noble is the top seed in the 1600 and 3200 and Fairfield Ludlowe’s Tess Stapleton is the top seed in the 100 hurdles and third seed in the long jump. Southington is among the top teams in the north led by Trinity Cardillo who is the top seed in the discus and shot put. One of the top challengers for Smith will be Newtown’s Carly Swierbut coming off wins in the 100, 200 and 400 at the South-West Conference meet.
Windsor, Hall look tough in Class L
Windsor has running depth and is the one to beat in Class L with team titles in 2018 and 2016 and a runner-up finish in 2017. Cori Richardson leads Windsor as the top seed in the 100 and 200. In fact, Windsor has three of the top four seeds in the 100 and has the top four seeds in the 200. The top challenge will likely come from Hall, which has solid runners but will score points with its depth in the field events led by Olivia Bowes (top seed long jump, second seed triple jump). Wilbur Cross will score points too, expecially in the field events with Susie Okoli who is the top seed in shot put and discus.
Hillhouse team to beat in Class MM
Hillhouse, who won the Class M title last season, moves to MM where it will score points early and often on the track and in the field. Jada Boyd, the Register All-Area Girls Indoor Track MVP last season, is the top seed for the Academics in the 400. Leah Moore, the daughter of Hillhouse girls outdoor track coach Gary Moore, is the top seed in the shot put and No. 2 in discus. One of the top challenges will come from Barlow led by Mariella Schweitzer who is the top seed in the 300 hurdles and second seed in the 100 hurdles. Other standouts for the SCC include 2018 Register All-Area Girls Outdoor MVP Erica Marriott of North Haven (top seed in long jump and 200) and Aliya Cameron of Sacred Heart Academy (top seed triple jump).
Class M looks wide open
Defending champion Hillhouse has moved to MM leaving Class M up for grabs with Berlin, Bethel, Weston and Bacon Academy qualifying enough depth to contend for the title. Weston, which won the team title at the SWC meet, is led be Shea Greene and Elise Russell in the field events. Greene, ranked No. 1 in New England in the javelin, is the top seed in the javelin and won the event at the SWC meet in a meet and league record 134 feet, 6 inches. Russell is the top seed in the pole vault and won the event at the SWC meet. Ava Graham leads Bethel as the top seed in the 1600 and 3200, Patricia Mroczkowski is the top seed in the long jump and high jump, and Natalie Rolon-Issa of Bacon Academy is the top seed in the shot put and discus.
Bloomfield goes for 12th straight Class S title
Bloomfield has won the Class S title every season since 2008 and is poised to made it 12 straight team titles in 2019. On the track Bloomfield is led by Terry Miller who is the top seed in the 100 and 200. Bloomfield is led in the field events by Alliyah Boothe who is the top seed in the discus and shot put. Immaculate will be among the top challengers with its depth led by Angela Saidman who is the top seed in the 1600 and 3200.
Five Athletes To Watch
Alanna Smith, Danbury
Freshman sensation Smith is embarking on an impressive high school career. At the CIAC Class LL meet, she is the top seed in 100, 200 and 400. She is coming off a three-win performance at the FCIAC meet with victories in the 100 (12-17), 200 (25.02) and 400 (56.36).
Terry Miller, Bloomfield
In Class S she is the top seed in the 100 and 200. Last indoor season she won the 55 and 300 at the New England meet. In the 2018 outdoor season, she won the 200 and 100 at the New England meet, at the State Open she won the 200 and at Class M she won the 100, 200 and 400.
Leah Moore, Hillhouse
She is the top seed in the shot put and second seed in the discus. She comes off the SCC meet where she won the shot put (42-2.75) and the discus (113-2). She also won the shot put (41-6.5) at the Middletown Invitational. During the recent indoor season, at the National meet she was fourth in Emerging Elite division shot put (41-8.5). Last outdoor season she won the shot put at Class M and was third in the discus.
Shea Greene, Weston
Ranked No. 1 in New England in the javelin, she is the top seed in the event at Class M. She won the javelin at the SWC meet in a league and meet record 134 feet, 6 inches. And she is only a freshman.
Carly Swierbut, Newtown
She is coming off a three-win performance at the SWC meet with wins in the 100 (12.20), 200 (25.37, meet record) and 400 (57.91). She is the second seed in the 100, 200 and 400 at Class LL setting up an exciting matchup in all three events with Danbury freshman standout Alanna Smith.