MIDDLETOWN >> Middletown High’s girls track and field team finished sixth, the boys team was 11th and Mercy was 13th in the Class L state championship meet held at Middletown’s Rosek-Skubel Stadium on Monday.
“I was very pleased,” said Middletown girls coach Deb Petruzzello. “We had several qualify for the State Open [Monday at MHS] and overall we did very well.”
The Blue Dragons sent all three jumpers to the Open. Rajeen Mayo was second in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, three inches and third in the triple jump with a jump of 34 feet, two and half inches.
Sophomore Shariffah Mason was second in the triple at 34 feet, five and half inches and freshman Jen Barbour was fourth in the long jump at 16 feet, ten and three-quarters inches. All will go to the Open in those events.
Freshman Brielle Wilborn, also qualified for the Open with a fifth place finish in the shot put with a throw of 32 feet, three inches.
“I was very pleased with Joi Payne’s ninth in the 200 meters,” said Petruzzello. “She is a sophomore and just learning about track.”
On the Middletown boys side, the story was Kareem Bracket-Woodberry. He was third in the 100 meters in a time of 11.10 seconds and fourth in the 200 with a time of 23.08 seconds. He also ran a leg in Middletown’s second place 4×100 relay team.
“He’s a great story,” said Blue Dragons sprint coach Alexander Tucci. “He’s a senior who came out for the first time this year. He’s a great kid who is just learning about track. Too bad he didn’t come out before this year.”
Bracket-Woodberry will go to the Open in all three events. The other members of the 4×100 relay team were London Highsmith, Jacob Homar and Jeremy Perry.
“Kareem was awesome,” said Middletown boys coach Jenn Price. “But we had some kids who didn’t have personal bests, too. On the other hand, we had some very good performances.”
Joshua Broome qualified for the Open in the discus with a throw of 135 feet, six inches, good for sixth place. Ben Schaff also scored for Middletown with an eighth place finish in the 800 meters with a time of 2:02.06. Freshman Laurenzo Thompkins was eighth in the 110 hurdles with a time of 16.65 seconds.
For Mercy, the star was Kaleigh Roberts. She finished third with a time of 10:53.17, but there’s a story there.
“Kaleigh set a new school record by 13 seconds,” said Mercy veteran coach John Hastings. “It’s just that the competition was so good.”
The winner, Sarah Mattison of Simsbury, smashed a 29-year old Class L record to win the race and second place finisher Cate Allen, also broke that longstanding record.
All three will be in the Open.
Mercy freshman Bridgid Sefors was fourth in the 3200 in a time of 11:14.82 and was sixth in the 1600 at 5:14.06. She, too, advances to the Open.
“Both were personal bests for her,” said Hastings. “Overall, we had an average day, but there were some very good performances.”
Natale Davoodi of Mercy set a school record with a pole vault of nine feet and Mercy’s 4×400 relay team of Anna Weis, Bianca Fiore, Morgan Cahill and Talia Staiger took fourth with a time of 4:08.79.
“There was some great competition here today,” said Hastings.
Windsor won the boys Class L crown and Simsbury won the girls championship. Darien was the runner-up in both championships.