MIDDLETOWN— The Hall boys outdoor track team kicked off the CIAC Class L outdoor meet with a win in the 4×800 relay in a meet-record 7:52.96 and went on to win the team title with 96 points. The record was nearly eight seconds better than previous mark.
Trey Cormier contributed with a win in the 1600 in 4:17.77, edging Xavier’s Robbie Cozean (4:17.81) and teammate Miller Anderson won the 800 in 1:56.59, nipping Xavier’s Pierre Sylvain (1:56.71)
“We wanted to start out fast in this meet and that’s what we did,” Hall coach Scott Sampietro said. “I told the team going into this meet ‘let’s go out and win.’ So many people contributed for us start to finish today.
“Guys came through to get us points in the 4×100, the high jump and javelin. There are some good teams here and we knew every point we could score would count and be big for us. It’s a great feeling to get this title.”
It was the second straight team title for Hall
SOLID MEET FOR NOTRE DAME-WEST HAVEN
Warren Murphy won the 400 (49.85) and Jason Sawicki won the high jump (6 feet, 2 inches) to lead Notre Dame-West Haven.
Murphy stayed behind the leaders and surged ahead the last 100 meters to seal the win.
“I like to run behind the leaders and kick it in the last 100 meters,” Murphy said. “This was a tough, competitive race and I gutted it out that last 100 meters. But once I took the lead I had a sense that I was going to hold on and win.”
Sawicki had some motivation to get the high jump win.
“I was second in the high jump at the Class L indoor meet and used that for motivation today,” Sawicki said. “It was just a matter of staying focused and doing my best. This is a good win and gives me some good momentum heading into the State Open.”
AMITY’S PAPA WINS BOTH HURDLES
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Richard Papa of Amity had good day with a win in the 110 hurdles (14.55) and the 300 hurdles (39.87).
Papa dominated the 110 hurdles leading start to finish.
“It’s always important to have a good start and take an early lead,” Papa said. “The key is the start and then just go out smoothly. Getting these wins is really good for me.”
COZEAN REBOUNDS WITH 3200 WIN
How many times have two sub 9-minute 2-milers stepped on a track & competed in 2 different races at a class championship in CT?
How about never. Once again, these 2 friends didn’t disappoint.
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Robbie Cozean of Xavier came in second in the 1600 (4:17.77) and used that finish as motivation in the 3200. Cozean won the event in 9:20.49. Cozean’s teammate Peter Schulten was second in 9:24.19.
“I was ready to go in the 3200 after taking second in the 1600,” Cozean said. “I stayed behind the leaders early on and then used my late kick to pull away and win. The late kick is my strength.
“The win helps the team and it gives you momentum for the State Open.”
GRINDELL SHATTERS PR TO WIN JAVELIN
Andrew Grindell of New Milford put all his effort into his last throw and surprised himself with a school record 188-5 to win the javelin.
“I’m in shock,” Grindell said. “I shattered my personal best by 18 feet to win the javelin. I’m trying to process this and take it all in, I’m tingling all over. It’s a great feeling.
“I was motivated to do this for my teammate James Day. He couldn’t do the javelin because of a sore elbow he suffered in our league meet. I did this for him and our team.”
OTHER TOP FINISHES
In other top finishes, Mathew Lecky of Xavier was third in the 1600 (4:21.70), Matthew Chalon of New Canaan was second in the 300 hurdles (40.21) and Nathan Holst-Grubbe of Pomperaug won the discus (148-7).
Class L Championship
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