NEW HAVEN — The Yale Interscholastic Track Classic at Yale’s Coxe Cage is an event that always inspires Fairfield-Ludlowe junior Tess Stapleton, and for good reason.
“I love coming here,” Stapleton said. “For some reason I always improve my times and do my best here.”
While there was some disappointment, Stapleton came away from the Yale Track Classic on Saturday gratified. She won the long jump in a personal best 19 feet, 5.5 inches and was a very close second in the 55 hurdles with a time of 8.130. Jia Anderson (Padua) won in 8.126.
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“I’m a little disappointed with my second in the 55 hurdles, but overall I am so gratified how it turned out today,” Stapleton said. “Last year at this meet I won the long jump with 17 feet and won the 55 hurdles with 8.4.
“I improved my distance in the long jump and got 19 feet for the second time (also did it at the New England meet last season) and improved my time in the 55 hurdles. The competition today really pushed me. Earlier today, I met the girl who beat me and she is such a nice person. She pushed me in both events.”
Having success at the Yale meet is important to Stapleton.
“Winning here, just being successful here, is pretty big,” Stapleton said. “It’s very competitive with all the athletes from so many states here. That’s another reason why it’s one of my favorite meets. Competing against that kind of top talent is useful when it comes to your development and improvement.”
Nearly 3,000 athletes from 13 states competed in the two-day event.
Stapleton will be going to another invitational next weekend. She will compete in the 55 hurdles and long jump at the Virginia Showcase at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia on Saturday.
FOR UNCLE CHULO
For Davon Colon of Xavier, all the hard work and time put into improving his distance in the shot put has paid off. He won the boys shot put with a distance of 51-4.5. Gary Moore of Hillhouse was second with 49-4.75.
“I’ve been working on my form these past few weeks and it has gotten me better results,” Colon said. “I also have two great throwing coaches who help me in different ways.
A year ago, Davon Colon ‘20 threw 48 feet at the Yale Classic & finished sixth.
On Saturday, he had different plans.
For the 2nd time this week, Colon broke 50 feet to win the meet.
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“I feel blessed to have been able to participate at the Yale Invitational. Last year was my first time ever competing here at Coxe Cage and it was a great experience.
“But today was something special. I work with a passion for throwing shot put and I dedicate everything I do to my Uncle Chulo, we were very close.”
Chulo (full name Anthony Jose Vega Cruz) died after an incident last year on Silas Deane Highway when he was shot by police.
MOORE NOT SATISFIED
Moore, son of Hillhouse coach Gary Moore, wasn’t happy with his result in the shot put.
“I’m not really happy with the distance I threw becsuse I threw 52 last week and was having a phenomenal day at practice on Thursday,” Moore said. “So, I was expecting a PR or at least 53 feet. I think my spin was a little off and I really couldn’t get in a groove.”
NOBLE TAKES FOURTH IN 3,000
Mari Noble of Greenwich stayed with the leaders early on and hung on for a fourth place finish in the 3,000 in 10:08.73. Chloe Scrimgeour of Conard was the top Connecticut finisher in the race, finishing third overall in 10:08.41.
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Noble left after her race and was unavailable for comment.
“Mari went out hard and just stayed with the leaders,” Greenwich girls indoor coach Casimir said. “She is just starting to get her strength back after taking some time off after the cross country season.
“We never talked about a PR. Overall she was just looking forward to competing against some top competition.”
The next big meet for Noble will be the New Balance Games on Friday and Saturday at The Armory in New York.
Simon Jupp posts a 34.73 in the 300 today! Top time in CT this season and top 10 in the nation! Way to go Simon!#cttrack
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OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
In the girls pole vault, Elise Russell of Weston was second with a height of 11-6. Erin Kelleher of Padua won with 12-6.
Matt Bigelow of Weston won the pole vault (14-6) and Bryce Myers of Hand was fourth (13-0), Gavin Sherry of Conard won the boys mile (4:18.11) and Tianna St. Louis of Tolland won the girl’s high jump (5-6).
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(for complete results go to www.trianglewebscore.com.)
3000 —1. Gitch Hayes (LaSalle) 8:40.57
Mile—1. Gavin Sherry (Conard) 4:18.11
55 hurdles—1. Samuel Mutiso (Lowell) 7.57
55 dash—1. Keith Berrouet (Sport and Me) 6:42
Shot Put—1. Davon Colon (Xavier) 51-4.5, 2. Gary Moore (Hillhouse) 49-4.75
High jump—1. Blake Weho (Shoreham-Wad) 6-4
Pole vault—1. Matt Bigelow (Weston) 14-6
Long jump—1. Richard Kwaateng (Lowell) 23-4
Weight throw—1. Kyle Moison (Lincoln High) 75-2
3000—1. Emily Boatin (Pope Francis) 9:59.68
55 hurdles—1. Jia Anderson (Padua) 8.126, 2. Tess Stapleton (Fairfield Ludlowe) 8.1305
5 dash—1. Mia D’Ambrosio (Schalmont) 7.14
Mile—1. Olivia Clyne (Barrington) 5:40.92
300—1. Mia D’Ambrosio (Schalmont) 39.81
Shot put — 1. Trinity Cardillo (Southington) 42-10
Pole vault—1. Erin Kelleher (Padua) 12-6, 2. Elise Russell (Weston) 6-0
Weight throw—1. Cheyenne Figueroa (Classical) 58-5.