NEW HAVEN >> The Hamden boys and Mercy girls indoor track teams had little trouble defending their sectional crowns Thursday evening at the Floyd Little Athletic Center.
Hamden won four events to score 104 points, edging out second place Xavier (92) to win the Southern Connecticut Conference West Sectional title for the second straight year. North Haven finished in third (81).
On the girls’ side, Mercy dominated the distance events, scoring 110 point to defend its title. Wilbur Cross finished in second (103.50) and Branford was third (58).
The Hamden boys finished second or first in all of the relays, including a narrow 4×400 win to end the meet beating Xavier, 3:38.12-3:38.16.
Xavier’s John O’Hara swept the distance events winning the 1,600 (4:40.95) and 3,200 (10:02.63).
North Haven captured the top 3 spots in the shot put with Patrick Vanacore winning with a throw of 50-02.
Led by sophomore Bridgid Selfors, Mercy took four of the top six spots in the 3,200 to pull away from Cross. Selfors won the event in 11:39.57.
Cross had a strong showing on the track claiming five individual wins and the 4×4. Junior Danae Rivers (1,000, 1,600) and Gabby Curtis (55 hurdles, 300) were double winners for the Governors and ran on the 4×4.