DURHAM — It’s official: Shoreline Conference track is Cougar country.
The Haddam-Killingworth boys team ran to its second straight outdoor team title Wednesday at Coginchaug’s Wally Camp Athletic Center, and H-K junior Leah Pfrommer won four individual events — just as she did last year — on the girls side.
Not even the celebratory Gatorade bath could dim the glow on Cougar coach Matt Diglio’s face.
“It was a team effort,” said Diglio, in his 13th year. “Sprinters, throwers, distance — everyone contributed. We had a lot of kids sacrifice for the team to score points, and everyone stepped up today.”
The H-K boys, undefeated in dual meets this season, had previously gone 25 years between Shoreline Conference outdoor track titles before last year’s win. This interval was considerably shorter.
“We’ve always had good kids,” Diglio said. “Sometimes the talent wasn’t necessarily there, but we always had good kids, and we’ve gained momentum the last few years. The boys have had some great groups of senior leaders that keep pushing the program along.”
Wednesday’s event was studded with storylines. The Old Saybrook girls, sparked by seniors Cori Reid (winner in javelin, 800) and Katie Beezer (100 hurdles), earned their fourth consecutive team title. North Branford senior Joe DeLucia shattered the pole vault record by a foot and a half (14 feet, 6 inches), and Portland senior Nick Blanchard broke a meet record in the 3200.
But star of the day honors went to Pfrommer, the jaunty junior who again won all four events she competed in: 100, 200, long jump and triple jump.
Pfrommer ran a 25:94 in the 200, breaking the Shoreline record previously set by Hyde’s Shauna Green in 2011 (26.03).
“It doesn’t get any better than this,” Pfrommer smiled after the meet. “I love the competition, and that absolutely gives me motivation. I get the adrenaline pumping and get it all out.”
She started the day with a personal best in the 100, running a 12:51.
After a long jump victory of 17 feet, 5.25 inches, Pfrommer finished the day by breaking her own Shoreline record in the triple jump, leaping 35-10.
She won the same four events as a sophomore.
“Come championship time, that’s when she’s at her best,” Diglio said. “She ran her best times in the 100, 200 — she steps up when we need her the most.”
H-K finished third as a team with 109.5 points, behind East Hampton (141.5) and perennial winner Old Saybrook (156).
For Reid, Beezer and the Old Saybrook seniors, the fourth consecutive title capped a golden career in the Shoreline Conference championship meet.
It wasn’t a propitious start for the Rams, falling behind with a zone violation in the meet’s first event. But Beezer bounced back with a win in the 100 hurdles, and the girls started a roll that ended with another conference title.
“We started out rough, so we knew we needed to come together as a team,” said Beezer, who will run at the University of Rochester next year. “We knew what we needed to do, and we all tried our best.”
Beezer also picked up points in the triple jump (3rd), long jump (6th), and 300 hurdles (4th). Fellow senior Reid threw a personal best in javelin (110 feet) and won the 800.
“It’s a great senior class,” Old Saybrook coach Pete Capezzone said. “And I’m equally ecstatic about some of the kids in the ranks. We had two freshman pole vaulters (Jocelyn Hanley and Katie Seegart) go third and fifth today, and Heidi Thomas was third in the 100 hurdles.”
The most thrilling event came in the boys pole vault, where DeLucia and Old Saybrook’s Nick Sumby dueled well beyond the previous Shoreline record of 13 feet. Both cleared 13, then cleared 13-6, and even cleared 14 while drawing a massive crowd.
DeLucia’s leap of 14-6, matching a personal best, clinched the title.
“The competition was great, and Nick and I are good friends,” DeLucia said. “We were encouraging each other in between jumps.”
East Hampton’s Amber Sekoll, a future vaulter at URI, added to her collection of Shoreline Conference pole vault titles Wednesday — she has won the last two indoor and outdoor titles.
Cromwell senior Louis Tobias added wins in the 800 and 1600.
Portland’s Blanchard stole the show in the 3200. The senior set a new meet record at 9:50.04, surpassing the 2011 record held by Tobias.
Old Saybrook finished second as a team on the boys side (97.5 points), followed by East Hampton (92.5), North Branford (73) and Cromwell (63).
Coginchaug was fourth on the girls side with 65 points, and Cromwell was sixth with 63 points.