DANBURY >> After a somewhat disappointing go to the outdoor season, Shelton’s Samantha Bailey more than redeemed herself Tuesday afternoon at Danbury. The senior heaved a winning throw of 39-feet, 5.5 inches to win the Class LL shot put title and set a personal record.
“It’s been a rough outdoor season and I haven’t hit what I used to hit, and today I just put it all together,” Bailey said.
Bailey, who won the Class LL Indoor title, said she felt the pressure coming in, but was able to shake it off and focus on the event.
“I was obviously worried I was going to lose,” Bailey said. “But (winning) it gives me a lot (of confidence) going into State Open.”
Teammate Victoria Begley finished third in the javelin (110).
After 11 events, Shelton was in fourth place with 28 points, while Staple was sitting in first with 45. The meet was postponed due to weather and tentatively rescheduled for Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Danbury.
On the field, Cheshire’s Selina Sampieri captured second in the pole vault (10-6) and after winning her heat in the 100 hurdles, placed third in the finals with a time of 16.25.
“I was just hoping to get to the finals,” Sampieri said of the hurdles. “To win this heat, I wasn’t expecting to win that. Placing third was awesome. I couldn’t ask for anything better.”
Amity’s Zoie Reed, a junior, placed second in the 100 (12.63) and third in the long jump (17-05).
Shelton’s Laurel Bailey placed third in the vault (10-6).
In the distance events, Staples’ Hannah DeBalsi set a new Class LL record in the 1,600 as she won in 4:53.29.