HAMDEN — When Hamden boys indoor track coach Bryce Lindamood first saw Christopher Pigatt as a sophomore, he knew he was looking at someone who had the potential to be special.
“Early on as a sophomore, when I first saw Christopher I knew what we had,” Lindamood said. “His quickness and dynamic strength was special, he was a special kid.”
Now, as a senior, Pigatt has developed into one of the top sprinters in the state. In the last indoor season, he won the 55-meter dash in 6.51 seconds at the CIAC State Open, and at the Class LL meet he won the 55 in 6.50 and was third in the 300 in 36.44.
Pigatt followed that up with a strong outdoor season last spring with wins in the 100 (10.87) and 200 (22.12) at the Class LL meet.
“Christopher is an amazing kid,” Lindamood said. “He does more than win races for us. He raises the level of everyone around him. The other kids on the team see him, the work he puts into it and what he accomplished. They see him have success at the State Open and Class meet and they say to themselves I can go to the State Open and Class meet and have that same success.”
Pigatt has always focused on the shorter races.
“I never thought about running the longer distance races,” Pigatt said. “I like the sprints for a combination of reasons and my speed at the shorter distances is one reason why.”
Lindamood and Pigatt both agree that Pigatt’s success is the result of a combination of items.
“Christopher has the God-given talent that contributes to his success,” Lindamood said. “But he has a strong work ethic, never misses practice and he’s always focused. He just loves to run and makes a strong commitment to always improve and develop his talent.”
Pigatt plans to focus on the 55, his specialty indoor event, but will also compete in the 300 as well.
“I agree with coach, that I have some natural ability,” Pigatt said. “But my success has also been the result of a lot of hard work. I am always trying to improve my times and get better. I’ve also had some good coaching and that has contributed to my success too.”
When Pigatt ran as an underclassman, he didn’t know how far his talent would take him.
“I was surprised at how well I did last indoor and outdoor season,” Pigatt said. “When I first started running, I didn’t know how well I would do or how far my ability would take me or if I would even win a race. I was just hoping to finish in the top three in a race, maybe second or third.”
The Green Dragons lost some key athletes from last season due to graduation. Some of their top athletes also compete in events only held in the outdoor season (javelin). Pigatt is expected to make an even bigger impact this season due to the loss of talent.
“We lost a lot of guys for the indoor season, but we’ll be good,” Lindamood said. “It will be a little challenge for us. But that’s where someone like Chris makes an impact. He will be important in scoring points for us and mentoring the younger juniors, sophomores and freshmen on the team.”
The immediate focus for Pigatt is to continue his success in the upcoming indoor track season. While he hasn’t made a commitment yet, his plan to is to compete in track at college.