STAMFORD — Stamford High School and Westhill High School instituted a new program this 2018-2019 athletic season called the City Cup.
When the Black Knights and Vikings met in each sport through the fall, winter and spring seasons, the winning school would earn a point toward the City Cup.
The competition worked so well that when the Stamford High girls lacrosse team edged Westhill, 9-8 late last Tuesday night, the year-long City Cup standings had Stamford ahead, 11-10.
That left Wednesday’s boys outdoor track and girls outdoor track matchups to determine the inaugural City Cup champion.
The boys and girls track meets were in their second day Wednesday as the opening four field events were conducted last Tuesday at Westhill High, which has a pole vault pit and an area for discus and shotput.
And when the final starting gun sounded at historic Boyle Stadium Wednesday, Stamford High School were the proud City Cup champions.
The SHS girls outdoor track team rallied to post a 78-62 triumph over Westhill. The Westhill boys outdoor track team used its dominance in field events to post a 107-39 win over Stamford.
“The athletes at both schools embraced the concept,” said Stamford’s first-year athletic director Chris Passamano. “The kids were aware of it throughout the high school sports seasons. And it was close in the fall, in the winter and in the spring. The SHS girls lacrosse team did its job Tuesday night and the girls outdoor track team pulled us through today. Our school earned 365 days of bragging rights. That’s exciting.”
The work of the Stamford girls outdoor track team was encapsuled in Wednesday’s next-to-last event.
SHS knew it had to sweep the top three spots (five points, three points, one point) to assure their team’s victory and capture the City Cup.
Senior Ivy Zingone, who had previously won the 1600 and 800, rolled to victory in the eight-lap race in 12:30.3. Juliette Lipson, previously runnerup in the 1600 and 800, took second in the 3200 at 12:46.8.
That left the battle for third place. SHS junior Victoria Torres trailed a Westhill runner the first seven laps. And then the entire Stamford boys and girls teams ran with her around the inner football field, exhorting her on.
Torres sprinted down the final stretch to take third place by .4 seconds.
“I saw the whole team running with me and I realize it was the final lap,” Torres said. “I just took their energy and sprinted the final 200 meters.”
Stamford sprinters Esther Thomas, Carlee Reid and Ajhane Young contributed bunches of track and jumping events points for Stamford.
On the boys side, Westhill’s Matt Midy and Jordan Garcia along with Stamford’s Ashton Williams and Jefferson Lops were the stars of that meet.