Last winter at the indoor State Open, the boys champion was separated by less than 10 points between three teams. On the girls side, the winner, Tolland, beat out runner-up Cross by just two points. Today’s outdoor State Open should be close as well!
Below are some teams to watch for both the boys and girls.
Credentials: Won the Class L title with 116.50 points.
Why Windsor will win: From the 100-800, Windsor can score major points. The Warriors are seeded first in the 4×1, 4×4 and second in the 4×8, and have the ability to get some extra points in the jumps. Unless some upsets happen, Windsor is the most balanced team entering the Open.
Credentials: Won the Class LL
Why Ridgefield will win: While Ridgefield isn’t going to score in the sprints, the Tigers have the ability to pick up some major points in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. Seeded second in the 4×4, if the Tigers can move up some spots in events, they could be the hunt at the end.
Credentials: Finished runner-up at Class L
Why Wethersfield will win: Like Windsor, they have a ton of balance. Need to move up in the sprints to score some significant points, but are seeded second in the 4×1. In the field, Wethersfield holds the second and third spot in the high and seeded third in the triple; could pick up points in the javelin as well.
Maybes… Weston, Danbury, Hillhouse all teams that need to move up spots and need some extra help from other teams to have a shot.
Credentials: Finished runner-up in Class L
Why Cross will win: Cross has the ability to win five events: 800, 1,600, 100 and 300 hurdles and 4×400, all events they are seeded first in. The Governors sneak a few points in the sprints, they could win it.
Credentials: FCIAC, Class LL champs
Why Staples will win it: Staples has the ability to get points in multiple events. The 1,600, 3,200 could score 18-20 points. The field events, including the high jump, triple, long and javelin could bring in a lot if athletes perform to their marks or better. Also the 300 hurdles has the chance to score.
Credentials: Class LL runner-up
Why Danbury will win: The 100 and 200 combined could produce 20 points, and the relays could add to that total. The Hatters are the top seed in the 4×1 and can score in the 4×4 and 4×8. The hurdles and 800 could provide some support as the field events won’t be helping Danbury’s cause.
Credentials: Class M champ
Why Tolland will win: Find me a team deeper in the distance events. Tolland has the ability to score in the 400, 800, 1,600 and 3,200. In the 1,600, the Eagles could grab three spots in the top 6. The 4×4 and 4×8 also have a shot to bring in 10 plus points combined. The long jump and 300 hurdles move up a few spots and Tolland, who won the indoor Open, could win the outdoor title as well.
Maybes… Windsor, Hillhouse all teams that need to move up spots and need some extra help from other teams to have a shot.