NEW HAVEN — For the Ridgefield High School boys outdoor track team, it was long-awaited history.
For the Danbury girls outdoor track team, it was a 6 1/2 hour party.
But the results Tuesday were the same for the Tiger boys and Hatter girls, they both went home as FCIAC Outdoor Track champions.
Ridgefield amassed 94 points to hold off Greenwich (88), Staples (82) and Danbury (78).
“This is our first FCIAC Outdoor Track championship crown since 1977. That’s a long time,” said Ridgefield coach Bryan Kovalsky. “It’s a very emotional thing for the kids. We had good teams in the past. But this year we saw we had the type of team (lots of depth) that could get the job done. And it all fell into place today.”
A top individual performer of the afternoon was McMahon senior Justin Forde.
Forde, who will be part of the University of Miami track team on full scholarship in the fall, broke his own FCIAC record in winning the long jump at 24 feet, 6.25 inches.
Forde defended his FCIAC triple jump title by leaping 50-feet, 10.25 inches. Forde also captured second place at 6-feet-8 in the high jump behind Staples’ Chet Ellis (6-10).
“I felt good. I’m fully healthy and I’ve been setting personal bests each time out in the long jump,” Forde said. “I want to end my senior year on a very high note.”
The boys crowned FCIAC individual champions Tuesday included Liam Byrne (Ridgefield, discus), Jackson Hemphill (Ludlowe, pole vault), Austin Hutchens (Warde, 1600), Chet Ellis (Staples, high jump), Ryan Raybuck (Greenwich, 100 dash, 200), Evan Wein (Ridgefield, 110 hurdles), Malcolm Going (Danbury, 400), Matthew Chalon (New Canaan, 300 hurdles), George Lepska (Staples, 800), Morgan Fierro (Staples, 3200), Zach Gladstone (Staples, shotput), Reynell Burke (Westhill, javelin).
On the girls side, a freshman shall lead them.
For Danbury, freshman Alanna Smith made her first FCIAC Championship an unforgettable event.
Smith won the 100 meter dash (12.17 seconds), the 400 (56.36) and the 200 (25.02).
Leading the Hatters in the field events was junior Meilee Kry. She is FCIAC champion in the triple jump (36-feet-7) and the long jump (18-9.50).
Other girls crowned FCIAC individual champs Tuesday included Hailey Angelucci (Trumbull, javelin), Daphne Cutler (Darien, 1600), Tess Stapleton (Ludlowe, 100 hurdles), Caitlyn Filloramo (Ludlowe, discus), Alex Misiewicz (Trumbull, pole vault), Emily Alexandru (Trumbull, 800), Tianna Rogers (Danbury, shotput), (3200), Savannah Bromley (McMahon, high jump),
FCIAC TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Jess Dow Field, Southern Connecticut State University