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Darien Takes Boys and Girls Track Titles At The Class L Championship

Courtesy By: By MATTHEW CONYERS, mconyers@courant.com The Hartford Couran | Courtesy URL


NEW HAVEN - Before the start of the Class L Championship at Floyd Little Athletic Center, Windsor coach Ron Wilson went looking for Darien coach Steve Norris.

The longtime Windsor girls track coach wanted to offer his congratulations.

"I told him it was over," Wilson said Friday. "They had it won."

The meet hadn't even started and Wilson knew what the rest of the teams in attendance would soon find out.

Nobody was getting close to The Blue Wave at the Class L Championship. Not even their familiar rival, Windsor.

Behind dominating performances in nearly every discipline, Darien won both the boys and girls Class L titles for the first meet sweep in school history.

The Darien boys team scored 100 points to beat Windsor by 26, and the girls had 126 to beat Wilton by 78. Windsor's girls team finished third with 44 points.

"It was pleasant to sit back and watch the meet unfold," said Norris, the girls coach. "It was a very positive thing [for the programs]."

The Blue Wave scored in the sprints. They scored in the distance events. They scored in the field events. And when it was done, Wilson and Windsor boys coach Kelvan Kearse could do nothing but tip their hats out of respect.

"There is no way to compete with a team that is seeded first and second in about four events," Wilson said.

"They were outstanding - they were superior," Kearse said. "I was really impressed by them."

The past few years, Darien and Windsor have battled for the Class L title in dramatic fashion, including last year when The Blue Wave girls team won the title only to have to give it back to Windsor a few days later after a scoring error.

That wouldn't be the case this season.

After Windsor had a disastrous first event of the meet, in which the boys national-rated 4x200 team was disqualified for an out of zone exchange and the girls dropped the baton, Darien hit the ground running.

They won both the boys and girls 4x200 relays. The girls team then went on to win eight events, and the boys won five events.

Still, it wasn't a complete wash for Windsor, which swept the boys and girls titles last year.

The Warriors girls got victories from Melissa Wolliston in the 55-meter hurdles (8.89 seconds), Samantha Blake in the shot put (35-2 1/4) and the 4x400 relay (4:14.57). Brian Sappleton won the 300 meters (35.81) for the Windsor boys and the team's 4x400 relay (3:31.37) took first place.

Drummond Runs State Best Time

Oneil Drummond wasn't even sure he belonged on center stage a few weeks ago.

But now that he is there, he's not going anywhere.

The Wethersfield senior ran 6.48 to win the 55 meters at the Class L Championship and record the fastest time in the event this season. The performance was a personal best for Drummond, broke Wethersfield's school record and served notice to previous State Open favorites Hillhouse's Harold Cooper and Bloomfield's David Campbell that 55 meters is a whole new ballgame now.

"I felt perfect from the start to the finish line – everything was perfect," Drummond said.


Conard's Lagoy Wins Photo Finish


Conard's Liz Lagoy crossed the finish line Friday after the 3,200 meters and immediately started looking around for answers.

"Do you know who it was?" an exhausted Lagoy said seconds after the race.

She would have to wait a minute to find out if she had won. But the news she received from her teammates was certainly good.

Lagoy ran 11:22.43 to beat Darien's Anne Johnston by two-hundredths of a second. The race, the closest of the meet and the most exciting, saw Lagoy make her move with 400 meters to go and then saw Johnston take it back with 300 meters left. But with about 100 meters left, Lagoy fought back and caught Johnston. The two were side by side for the final 50 meters. .... When Farmington's Matt Chisholm decided to switch from swimming to indoor track this winter season, it wasn't an easy decision. Chisholm didn't want to leave his teammates behind and hurt the team. He wanted them to still win the CCC East. The Indians did that, and on Friday Chisholm got his title. The junior ran 4:26.18 to take first place in the 1,600 meters by six seconds over Masuk's Jake Duckworth.

Bristol Central's Spencer Johnson was the only other area winner. He won the 3,200 meters with a time of 9:47.73.




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