The Hand indoor boys track team is enjoying a typical successful season and coach Tim Geary couldn’t be happier.
“Good leadership and dedication to the team is our key to success,” Geary said. “Being the only coach of the boys team, I rely heavily on the upperclassmen to pass their knowledge on to the younger athletes and to lead the way during practices.
“Our Hand boys indoor track team is enjoying a very successful season. Eleven individuals and all four relay teams have qualified for the (CIAC) Class L state meet. This year’s team is led by senior captains Greyson McGeary (specializes in the 55 hurdles and relays) and Drew Carone (middle distance and relays).”
The Tigers had one of its most successful meets recently in the McReavy Invitational on Jan. 11. Russell Powell won the high jump (6 feet) and was third in the 55 hurdles (8.87 seconds), Hand won the 4×400 (3:39.15) and 4×200 (1:36.72) relays, McGeary was second in the 55 hurdles (8.30), Connor Parthasarthy was second in the 1600 (4:52.29) and Ameen Parks was second in the 55 dash (6.85).
“We enjoy going to the McReavy Invitational,” Geary said. “It provides us with some quality competition for our top athletes and offers relays for our JV (junior varsity) athletes. This allows us to bring more athletes and build a stronger team.”
In addition to McGeary and Carone, other Hand athletes who have qualified for the Class L meet are seniors Powell (high jump, 55 hurdles), John Genther (shot put), Caleb Nugent (high jump) and Ryley Brohel (relays). Juniors who have qualified are Ameen Parks (55 dash, 300), Corey Duncanson (55 hurdles) and Besufekad Opstrup (relays). Sophomores who have qualified are Parthasarthy (600, 1600), Carson Hines (300, 600), Bryce Myers (pole vault), Josh Stewart (55) Braeden Kosiewicz (long jump), Dante Zucconni (3200) and Max Genther (relays).
“We are looking forward to the championship portion of our season and we hope to be very competitive in the SCC and Class L state championships.”
Busy week at Floyd Little
In the nearly 17 years that the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven has been in operation, the facility has become the hub of the Connecticut indoor track universe. Next week is a perfect example.
In an eight-day period from Saturday to Feb. 2, it will host nine boys and girls indoor track league meets.
“Hosting so many track meets back-to-back has been typical for the Floyd Little Athletic Center,” New Haven athletics director of physical education, health and athletics Erik Patchkofsky said. “It’s been pretty standard for that facility.”
Bob Rafferty, facility manager for the Floyd Little Athletic Center, said most high school indoor tracks in the state are held at the venue.
“Since early December, 50 indoor track meets have been held at Floyd Little Athletic Center,” Rafferty said. “Having so many back-to-back league indoor track meets at the facility has been typical since it opened.”
Solid season for Stapleton, Fairfield Ludlowe girls
The Fairfield Ludlowe girls indoor track team has had its share of success this season led by Tess Stapleton, Maya Mocarski and Laurel Blackmen.
At the Yale Classic Invitational, Stapleton won the long jump (17-5) and won the 55 hurdles (8.48) and Maya Mocarski was sixth in the 55 dash (7.38).
At the SCC Coaches Invitational, in the semifinals of the 55-meter hurdles event, Stapleton finished first in 8.39 seconds to qualify and move on to the 55 hurdle final. Stapleton’s semifinal time broke the 14-year meet record in the event of 8.44 set by Natasha Harvey of Career in 2005. She went on to win the 55 hurdles final (8.43) and also took second in the long jump (17-8.75).
“Tess has done an outstanding job this year in her events,” Fairfield Ludlowe coach Matt McCloskey said. “To have a top athlete like this on your roster is a dream come true for coaches. Athlete aside, Tess is a fantastic person and has a wonderful personality. She is very easy to coach, has fun competing and just loves track.
“Maya Mocarski is having an outstanding season in the 55 dash and continues to be a leader in our 4×200 relay. Laurel Blackmen has helped and been tremendous in shotput and pole vault, breaking her own school record in the pole-vault this season. The team is gearing up for the championships in the FCIAC. It should be fantastic.”
Deshaune Poole, Hillhouse: Won the 55 hurdles (7.75) and the 300 (35.41) at the SCC East Sectional meet.
Connor Visnic, Amity: Won the 1600 (4:32.53) at the SCC Coaches Invitational meet and won the 1600 (4:37.95) and 3200 (9:49.01) at the SCC East Sectional meet.
Neal Eley, Hillhouse: Won the 55 dash (6.56) and the long jump (22-0.25) at the SCC East Sectional meet.
Jada Boyd, Hillhouse: At the SCC East Sectional meet, won the 300 (42.23) and the 600 (1:40.33).
Meredith Bloss, Guilford: Won the 1600 (5:33.14) and the 3200 (12:00.87) at he SCC East Sectional meet.
Ayesha Nelson, Hillhouse: Won the 55 dash (7.33) and the 55 hurdles (8.61) at the SCC East Sectional meet.
Ella Bradford, Hamden: Won the 1600 (5:46.10) and the 3200 (13:15.11) at the SCC West Sectional meet.
MEETS TO WATCH
CCC Championships, Floyd Little Athletic Center, 9 a.m.: Boys and girls event.
ECC Championships, Floyd Little Athletic Center, 5 p.m.: Boys and girls event.
CRAL Championships, Hartford Public, 2:30 p.m.: Boys and girls event.
NVL Championships, Floyd Little Athletic Center, 4 p.m.: Boys and girls event.
NCCC Championships, Floyd Little Athletic Center, 2:30 p.m..: Boys and girls event.
CTC Championships, Floyd Little Athletic Center, 6 p.m..: Boys and girls event.
FCIAC Championships, Floyd Little Athletic Center, 4:30 p.m.: Boys and girls event.
SCC Championships, Floyd Little Athletic Center, 4 p.m.: Boys and girls event.
SATURDAY (Feb. 2)
Shoreline Conference Championships, Floyd Little Athletic Center, 10 a.m.: Boys and girls event.
SWC Championships, Floyd Little Athletic Center, 4 p.m.: Boys and girls event.