NORWALK — Justin Forde flew high and far, and Katrell Clay didn’t let any hurdles get in his way.
That was to be expected, as both track standouts shined at Monday’s FCIAC outdoor track and field championship meet.
Other city athletes also performed well during the championship meet.
“All the kids that were in the meet all competed to their highest level, which was great to see as a coach,” said Norwalk coach Pat Moffett. “All the kids have been training so hard and working out to get ready and there wasn’t a single kid that underperformed, which was exciting.”
Added Brien McMahon coach Pat Bradley, “I thought we had a great day. We far exceeded what we thought we could do. There were a lot of positives to come out of the day.”
McMahon’s Forde, a junior, won the triple jump with a meet-record leap of 48 feet, 81/2 inches, breaking a 47-year-old mark set by Rippowam’s Ken Wright. He also won the long jump (22-8) and placed second in the high jump at 6-10, matching the winning mark but falling short on total misses.
Clay, a senior at Norwalk, won the 300-meter hurdles in 39.55 while placing third in the 110 high hurdles.
Up and down the rest of the results, plenty of other Senators and Bears put forth strong efforts.
In the boys meet, McMahon was fourth with 54 points. Norwalk was 11th with 26.
“You realize you don’t have a chance for first or second, but for us to take fourth, I thought that was a great accomplishment,” Bradley said.
One of the highlights for the Bears was seeing the 4×100 relay team win the league championship in 43.48 seconds.
It was only the second time that the team — consisting of Clay, freshmen Greg Foster and Khalil Eason and junior Malique Stevens — ran together.
“Sometimes we don’t have the depth to have strong relays,” Moffett said. “A lot of times my best sprinter might be better off doing three (individual) events, but Katrell wanted to run the 4×100, which says a lot about him.”
Stevens, a first-year track athlete, tracked down and passed a Danbury runner to give Norwalk the title.
“Danbury’s an unbelievable track program and any time you have have a kid step up and run down one of their kids and then hold him off, it made it more exciting,” Moffett said.
The Norwalk 4×100 squad is just 0.7 seconds away from the school record, set in 2005 — the last time the Bears won a league title in the event.
The Senators, meanwhile, had a strong meet spearheaded by Forde.
Kelete Sherald was third in the javelin (166-8); Remy Gibson (51.95) and Akeim Murphy (52.63) went fourth and fifth in the 400 meter dash; and Troy Bardos just missed points in the high jumping, but he did place fourth in the long jump with a leap of 20-11/2.
The Senators’ 4×100 team (Gibson, Elias Pardo, Rachney Sainval, Sean Walters) was seventh in 45.18, and the 4×400 team (Gibson, Murphy, Walters, Marcus Blair) was fifth in 3:32.47.
In the girls meet, one of the “high”-lights was city girls taking 1-2-3 in the high jump.
McMahon’s Savannah Bromley (5-4) and Taylor Morton (5-2) went 1-2 in the high jump with Norwalk’s Lilly Radin coming in third at 5 feet.
The city produced two other FCIAC champions as Norwalk’s Laura Turner won the 400 (57.01) and Savannah Buzzeo gave McMahon an FCIAC title in the javelin (115-3).
Both athletes have emerged this school year.
“She’s really an 800 runner, but she won’t realize that until she gets to college,” Moffett said of Turner. “But she ran the 100 all the way up to the mile. She just has unbelievable range.”
Bromley set a PR in the javelin.
“That was one of the highlights,” Bradley said. “She’s a senior and she took first place and threw a PR. Our goal was always 115, ever since she was a sophomore. She’s a wonderful kid and it didn’t come from raw talent. She worked and trained every day.”
The McMahon girls finished sixth with 47.5 points.
Bromley also was fourth in the 200 (26.59), Jazmin Bien-Aime was fourth in the 100 (13.07), Liberty Brown was sixth in the 300 hurdles (49.29) and Jocelyn Lister was sixth in the long jump (16-4).
The McMahon girls 4×400 team was sixth in 4:12.89 while the 4×100 (Bien-Aime, Marbella Chairi, Kailyn Ortiz and Niamh Linehan) was eighth in 51.87.
For Norwalk, freshman Christline Edward was fifth in the 300 hurdles (49.09) and helped both Norwalk relay squads have big days.
The 4×400 was fourth (Caila DeGrandi, Frideriki Koletsos, Edward, Turner) and clocked in at 4:08.45. That time shattered the school record by more than five seconds.
The 4×100 team (Ashley Wilson, Turner, Edward, DeGrandi) was third in 51.05.
“It’s nice having relays,” Moffett said. “You get that little extra team aspect out of it.”
Norwalk’s Bailey Renwick was sixth in the triple jump (32-31/2).
The Bears placed ninth with 331/2 points.