What had already been an extraordinary season for a group of track and field stars from Danbury got even better at the New Balance Indoor Nationals, being held at the Armory in New York City this weekend.
The Danbury Track Club relay team consisting of Danbury High School runners Malachi Lorick, Glenroy Ford, Sean-Michael Parkinson and Malcolm Going, won the boys 1,600 sprint medley relay championship race with a state-record time of 3:28.36.
Danbury trailed throughout the race and were a two seconds behind in fourth place when Going took his exchange for the final leg, the 800. As the runners came into the home stretch, Going had pulled into second and used an extra burst of speed over the last 20 meters to claim the championship.
Danbury finished less than five seconds off the national record of 3:24.02, and less than a second ahead of the second-place team from East Orange, N.J.
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Last weekend, those same four runners from Danbury captured the gold medal in the 4×400 relay at the New England championships in Boston.
Also in the boys 1,600 sprint medley relay championship race, the Ridgefield Track Club team of Ridgefield High students Mitchell van der Noll, James Kane, Simon Jupp and Kevin Arnold finished 21st in 3:35.29. Jupp also placed 23rd in the boys emerging elite 400-meter dash in 50.63.
The Danbury team of Lorick, Parkinson, Ford and Christopher Cledera placed 21st in the boys 4×200 emerging elite race with a time of 1:32.19, while Danbury’s Daniel Nichols placed 25th in the boys championship 5,000-meter race in 15:33.69.
In the girls 1,600 sprint medley relay championship race, the Danbury team of Natalee Seipio, Meilee Kry, Leah Sarkisian and Cassandra Sturdevant placed 13th in 4:11.71. In the girls 1,600 sprint medley relay emerging elite event, the Mustang Track Club team made up of Immaculate High School athletes Audrey Sedensky, Molly Coyle, Dominique Valentine and Emma Connolly finished 10th in 4:13.77.
The Mustang team of Taylor Mascetta, Valentine, Connolly and Angela Saidman placed 11th in the girls distance medley relay championship race with a time of 12:16.51. The Danbury team of Sturdevant, Olivia Turk, Sarkisian and Lauren Moore followed closely in 13th place in 12:17.06.
The Danbury foursome of Erika Regus, Kry, Seipio and Jessica Glowacki finished 31st in the girls 4×200 emerging elite race in 1:47.41.
The Mustang quartet of Valentine, Mascetta, Coyle and Connolly placed 21st in the girls 4×800 championship race in 9:29.22, while the Danbury team of Sturdevant, Moore, Sarkisian and Turk finished 27th in 9:34.86.
Emma Langis of Ridgefield placed 23rd in the girls emerging elite 400-meter dash in 59.02.