NORWALK — Three of the city’s best track and field athletes put on a show at Casagrande Field on Tuesday afternoon.
Brien McMahon jumper Justin Forde and Norwalk High’s Katrell Clay each won three events in very impressive fashion before the storm clouds and high winds drove both teams off the track.
Not to be outdone, McMahon’s Savanna Bromley also tripled with a trio of wins on the girls side of the meet.
In the end, though, it was the Senators who swept the FCIAC dual meeting, winning the boys intra-city showdown by a 95-49 tally and the girls by a 99-39 count.
“It means a lot to beat them,” Forde said. “That’s our rival.”
While neither meet was close, the individual efforts shined.
Forde, a junior, won the high jump (6-foot-8), long jump (21-2) and triple jump (45-10).
“He’s just a complete freak,” Norwalk coach Pat Moffet said.
Forde only took one jump in both the long and triple and tried to set a new state mark by clearing 7 feet, one-half inch in the high jump.
“I really wanted to do it on this track,” said Forde, who had to rush his second and third jumps due to the fast-approaching storm. “I was a little emotional after I missed the last night, but I’ll get it. I know I can get it.”
Clay was equal to the task, though in vastly different events.
The Bears’ speedy senior won the 110 high hurdles (15.65 seconds), 300 hurdles (41.06) and 200 (22.9).
“He’s a special kid,” Moffet said. “If he was able to, he’d win five events. He’s got a lot of versatility.”
Bromley, a junior, dominated the girls meet, setting a new personal best in the high jump (5-2) while winning the 200 (27.02) and long jump (14-10).
FIELDS OF GOLD
On the track, the meet was quite even, but it was the Senators’ depth in the field events that helped them open up the meet.
“Our field events are our strength,” McMahon coach Rudy Matute said.
Moffet concurred, adding: “I think the key word is how did my kids run, and we did that well. I knew going into the meet we could hang with them on the track, maybe get more points, but in the field event we knew we couldn’t overtake them.”
McMahon’s Cam Kelly was a two-event winner, taking the shot put (36-4) and discus (113-4) while the Senators’ Kelete Sherald won the javelin with a toss of 160-1.
Emmett Towey also won the pole vault with a leap of 11 feet.
In the girls meet, Bromley and Taylor Morton (5-0) went 1-2 in the high jump while Savanna Buzzeo won the javelin (104-9).
Norwalk’s Bailey Renwick gave a solid field event performance, winning the triple jump (32-4) and shot put (26-6).
Other McMahon winners included JT Gulick in the 1,600 (4:47.65) and 3,200; Remy Gibson in the 400 (51.97); and the 4×400 team of Akeim Murphy, Omogbolabo Oyede, Gibson and Marcus Blair (4:41.7).
For Norwalk, John Dufort won the 800 (2:15.84) and Malique Stevens won the 100 (11.46) while the 4×100 team (Clay, Stevens, Khalil Eason and Greg Foster) raced to a blistering 43.65 in their first meet together.
In the girls meet, other winners for McMahon included Jazmin Bien-Amie in the 100 (12.765), Liberty Brom in the 300 hurdles (48.56) and the 4×400 team of Morton, Jocelyn Lister, Tess Jordan and Cassidy Nash running a personal best time of 4:20.62.
For Norwalk, Laura Turner won the 400 (57.64); Lily Hadin won the 100 hurdles, and the Bears 4×100 team (Turner, Caila DeGrandi, Ashley Wilson and Chris Edward) ran a 50.6.
“From the beginning of the year, we’ve always said if you beat yourself, inevitably you’re going to beat other people. That’s our motto,” said Bradley, referring to how track is an individual sport in which any athlete can lower their time.