NEW HAVEN >> The Wilbur Cross girls’ sprint medley relay squad is keeping pretty hush-hush these days. And it’s for a good reason.
The team, made up of Chaslynn Saucier, Gabby Curtis, Shea Connors and Danae Rivers, will compete Saturday at the New Balance Indoor Nationals at 1:35 p.m. at the Armory in New York.
The Governors are currently ranked No. 7 in the nation according to milesplit.com with a time of 4 minutes, 9.26 seconds.
They have a certain time and goal in mind for Saturday, but until they cross the finish line, their lips are sealed.
“We know what we want to run,” Connors said. “We’re not comparing our time to other people. We know what we’re capable of.”
The sprint medley team was undefeated this winter and won the Southern Connecticut Conference, Class L and State Open titles. Saturday, the Governors want to set a new personal record and gain the exclusive All-American status with a Top 6 finish. That is a possibility considering they will be fresh and only running that event Saturday.
“The four of them is a relay team to reckon with,” Cross head coach Travis Gale said.
Following CIAC rules, they won’t be representing Cross at nationals. They’ll be signed up as the Governors and running as individuals, according to Gale.
The girls are also not sharing any details of the uniform they’ll be donning. It won’t the traditional Cross apparel. The four went shopping and decided on matching gear. The only way to describe it, according to the girls, is bold and eye-catching.
“Under Armor got us right,” Curtis said with a laugh.
“We’re not running with the name on us, but we’ll still be representing our school,” Connors said.
Rivers will also be running in the mile on Sunday at 2:29 p.m.
She won the 1,600 at the SCC, Class L and Open and went on to claim the New England mile title. Sunday she isn’t favored to win the event, but that doesn’t bother her.
“I look to hang with the pack and use my ability to do what I can do,” Rivers said. I’m not that type of person (who looks at the standings). Everyone is capable of winning, you never what’s going to happen.”
Added Gale: “She’s the type of person when there’s competition, she competes. She likes a challenge.”
A special aspect of going to nationals for Cross is that the team literally earned its way. The girls fund-raised and received help from the New Haven community, school and parents to attend the event.
“It’s a blessing to go to the nationals,” Rivers said.
There’s an array of Connecticut athletes competing this weekend including Fairfield Prep’s Christian Alvarado, who is the nation’s 2-mile leader (9:00.29). He will run on Sunday at 1:26 p.m. Staples’ Hannah DeBalsi (10:12.95) who also leads the nation in the 2 mile will run Sunday at 1:11 p.m.