The Greenwich High School boys track and field team made its mark at the O’Grady Relays held at Bethel High School on Saturday, placing an impressive second out of 25 squads.
Danbury won the boys’ title at the meet, posting a team score of 64 points, followed by Greenwich.
“The O’Grady Relays is a fun event that’s different in format than most of our meets,” GHS coach Jeff Klein said. “It’s the only time in the season where every event is a relay, making it a unique opportunity to see how much depth the team has. The boys succeeded in showing what we have and their second-place finish was a terrific team result.”
One of the highlights of the meet for Greenwich was its winning javelin relay team of Nevan Burke, Joe Kraninger and Sebastian Jones. Since it was a relay meet, the javelin results were based on the combined best throws of the three competitors.
Burke unleased a throw of 157 feet, 8 inches, surpassing his best performance by 22 feet. He finished as the top overall javelin thrower on the day. Kraninger tossed the javelin 131 feet, while Jones had his personal-best distance of 124-10.
Also placing first for the Cardinals and earning 10 team points was the triple jump team of Owen Bianchi, Adam Sturza and Daniel Bourgeois. Bianchi was the top jumper of the meet (40-11.5), while Sturza jumped 38-1 and Sturza turned in a 37-6.5 in his first triple jump competition.
Greenwich’s 4 x 100-meter relay team placed second behind Windsor, clocking in at 43.11. Hunter Clark, Chris Wint, Ryan Raybuck and Zane Nye ran in the event for the Cardinals. The long jump team of Bianchi, Kobe Comizio and David Faugno combined for a distance of 53-8 for a second-place showing.
The 3,000-meter relay squad of Aidan Brock, Stephen Burke and Zach Jelinek placed fourth for the Cards at the O’Grady relays. William Taki, Daniel Mozer, Charlie Ducret and Burke combined for a fifth-place time of 3:55 in the sprint medley relay.
The distance medley relay event saw the Cardinals’ squad of Brock, Anthony Hill, Akash Molekudy and Alexander Bien combine for a school-record time of 11 minutes, 13 seconds, beating the school-record set at last season’s meet by 30 seconds. They finished in sixth place overall.
Greenwich’s high jumpers finished sixth, with Hill leading the way, clearing 5 feet, 8 inches. Zach Carifa and Bourgeois each cleared 5-2. The Cardinals’ discus team of Burke, Kraninger and Jones each put forth strong efforts. Kraninger had a personal-best throw of 107-10, while Burke reached 95 feet and Jones had a 90-foot toss.