Like many boys outdoor track and field teams in the Southern Connecticut Conference, the Wilbur Cross boys track team has a long history of success, blessed with talent and depth.
The 2019 season is no exception as it enters the postseason with a regular season 6-4 dual meet record.
“Successful programs are built around student-athletes who commit to, and are a part of, a program for several years,” Wilbur Cross boys coach Travis Gale said. “This year’s team is no different. The Governors are led by a group of 16 seniors, many of whom have been a member of the track program (including cross country and indoor track) for several years.
“These seniors include Jasiah Barnes, Nassiah Betancourt, Elliot Faulkner, Eamon Hill, Musa Hussain, Henry Hall, Travis Martin, Noah Lee, Chris Nishimura, and Mike Tramontano. They all haven’t only been a member of the program for several years, but they are among our team point-scoring leaders as well.”
Other contributing seniors who returned this season are Joe Sarango, Jimmy DeLucia and Jurrell Savage, as well as newcomers LeShaun Hicks, Enasj Jones, and Justin Tomlinson.
Among the top senior performers for the Governors has been Martin who has developed into one of the top long distance runners in the state in the 1600 and 3200.
“While it is difficult to replace 16 seniors, standout underclassmen Caleb Owen, Devin Cue, and Armon Hyslop have made significant contributions on the track,” Gale said. “Newcomer Torrance Grimes has contributed in the throwing events. We look to remain competitive throughout the postseason (SCC meet, CIAC Class LL, State Open) and in the future due to a eager and hardworking group of underclassmen.”
SHELTON BOYS WIN SCC EAST … AGAIN
Rain that has plagued the area the past week held off on Tuesday, officials were able to get in the Southern Connecticut Conference East Sectional meet and once again the Shelton boys dominated for a third straight SCC East team title.
The Gaels came away with six wins at the meet and won the team title with 125.50 points. The Gaels also won the SCC East Sectional meet in 2018 with 113 points and won it in 2017 with 117 points.
Robert Dillon was a double winner in the individual events with a victory in the 1600 (4:19.51) and the 3200 (9:41.10). Michael Rodia won the 100 dash (10.98), Joshua Sacoto won the 800 (1:59.60), Stephen Ibekwe won the triple jump (41-6.75) and the Gaels won the 4×100 relay in 42.79.
The West Sectional was held on Wednesday at Bowen Field in New Haven and the SCC Championship meet will be held at Lyman Hall in Wallingford on Monday at 2 p.m.
Deshaune Poole, Hillhouse: Won the 110 hurdles (14.26), the 300 hurdles (39.74), and the 200 (22.32) at the SCC East Sectional meet.
Gary Moore, Jr., Hillhouse: He won the shot put (47-1.25) and discus (131-9) at the SCC East Sectional meet.
Khalil Carr, Stratford: He won the 400 (51.3) and the 200 (23.8) at a tri-meet leading Stratford to a 106-26 win over West Haven.
Kevin Spencer, North Haven: He led the Indians to three wins in a quad meet with a win in the 110 hurdles (18.4) and win in the 300 hurdles (48.4).
Ayesha Nelson, Hillhouse: Won the 100 dash (12.89) and 100 hurdles (15.73) at the SCC East Sectional meet.
Nyimah Ambrose, Hillhouse: Won the 200 (26.0) and the long jump (17-11.25) at the SCC East Sectional meet.
Meredith Bloss, Guilford: Won the 1600 (5:21.86) and the 3200 (11:52.16) at the SCC East Sectional.
Leah Moore, Hillhouse: Won the shot put (40-2.5) and the discus (123-2) at the SCC East Sectional.
Kyra Connolly, Sheehan: She won the high jump (4-8) and the pole vault (10-0) at the SCC East Sectional.
MEETS TO WATCH
SCC Championship meet, boys and girls, Monday, at Lyman Hall (Wallingford): The event starts at 2 p.m. with both track and field events. AMong the favorites in the girl event are Leah Moore of Hillhouse and Susie Okoli of Wilbur Cross in the field events, Meredith Bloss of Guilford in the distance events and Hillhouse standouts Jada Boyd, Ayesha Nelson and Nyimah Ambrose in the sprints, hurdles and middle distance races. Among the ones to watch in the boys event are Deshaune Poole of Hillhouse in the hurdles, Travis Martin of Wilbur Cross and Robert Dillon of Shelton in the distance events Neal Eley of Hillhouse in the field events and Nicholas Constantini of Foran in the pole vault.
FCIAC Track and Field Championsips, boys and girls, Tuesday, at Southern Connecticut State (New Haven): The event kicks off a 1:30 p.m. Among the many boys standouts to watch are Malcolm Going of Danbury in the 600 and Justin Forde of McMahon in the triple jump and high jump. Among the top girls are Tess Stapleton of Fairfield Ludlowe in the hurdles and long jump, Mari Noble of Greenwich and Lauren Moore of Danbury in the distance events.
South-West Conference Championships, boys and girls, Monday, at Weston: The event kicks off at 3 p.m. with track and field events.