NEW HAVEN >> Morgan’s Mateo Zumpano called the moment surreal.
Late Thursday evening at the Floyd Little Athletic Center, he watched teammate Brian Gendron cross the finish line in first place in the 4×400 relay and secure a second-place finish for the Huskies at the Class S State Indoor Track and Field Championships.
“It was amazing,” Zumpano said. “Second place overall, it’s overwhelming really.”
The Bloomfield boys captured their third straight indoor title with 53 points. Morgan was second (34) and Plainfield was third (33).
“It’s really gratifying to see all of our hard work come together,” Zumpano said.
Morgan was led by Gendron, a senior who won the 600 (1 minute, 23.64 seconds) and ran on the sprint medley relay team that captured first (3:42.97).
The 4×400 relay team of Chase LeMay, Justin Navarra, Zumpano and Gendron capped off the night in style winning in 3:38.05.
“We worked all year and we knew what to expect from the competition, and we gave it all we had,” Gendron said. “I was so happy, the four of us just worked so well together. We were really focused on the relays.”
Locally, Haddam-Killingworth captured fourth and Shoreline champion Old Saybrook was fifth.
“We knew that going into this meet it would be a struggle going against Bloomfield,” Old Saybrook’s Luke Sumby said. “But we always know to do our best, push each (other), and I think that’s what we did. We had a lot of personal bests today.”
Sumby finished third in the 55 hurdles, fourth in the pole vault and long jump.
Teammate Thomas Strand took second in the 600, Seymour Austin Fraser was third.
Haddam-Killingworth’s Cameron Garrelts won the 3,200 (9:54.51), while Coginchaug’s Christian Alberico won the 1,600 (4:28.02).
In the field events, Windham’s Joe Fogarasi set an unofficial meet record in the pole vault clearing 14 feet, 9 inches.
On the girls’ side, five-time champion Bloomfield was just too much in the end.
The Warhawks scored a dominating 93 points to win the meet. Weston finished in second (64) and Coginchaug was third (52).
Shoreline champion Coginchaug did its best to keep up, but fell short. Despite not winning the title, the Blue Devils had some memorable moments.
The Coginchaug 4×800 relay of Bailey Thayer, Alexandra Alsup, Samantha Drop and Jessica Drop set an unofficial meet record (9:34.99) and also won the sprint medley relay (4:22.32).
“Last year I was shocked when they told me we got fourth, so this year I was hoping for fourth or better, so third place is a good place to be,”Coginchaug head coach Kate Germond said. “Definitely proud of the girls, I think they did what they could today. We knew that Bloomfield was the team we were trying to catch.”
The four members of the 4×800 relay for Coginchaug will race this Saturday at the Armory in the Millrose Games.
Jessica Drop, who ran on the 4×800 and sprint medley relay, set a personal and unofficial meet record in the 1,000, crossing the tape in 2:55.10.
“I wanted under 2:55, and to come so close it was a little frustrating,” Drop said. “But then I was like, ‘I just won the state title,’ so I can’t discredit that.”
Old Saybrook’s Katie Seegert, who is in her first year competing in indoor track, switched over from gymnastics to the sport and has found instant success.
She cleared 10 feet to win the event.
“My mindset was kind of focus on one height at a time,” she said. “I’m excited (to win), it’s everything I’ve worked for.”