With the in state season over, teams are gearing up for New Englands and New Balance Indoor Nationals. Several Connecticut teams traveled down to the 168th St Armory in New York City to either tune up for the bigger meets or earn a qualifying performance for nationals.
Bloomfield girls were the brightest stars among many of the many bright lights in the city. The State Open champions won the 4 x 200m in an official Connecticut state record of 1:40.66. The War Hawks broke Weaver's eight year old record by two tenths of a seconds and ran the 12th fastest time in the country this season. Seniors Zaidra James, Cheyenne Brown (Combined 50.74), Andrea Mills (25.37) and Cassidy Palmer (24.53) knocked nearly two seconds off their winning time from the State Open on the lightening fast Armory track.
Palmer also qualified for NBIN in the 200m with the 12th best time in the country of 24.76 and has already qualified for the championship sections in the 60m with her state record 6.99 55m dash at the State Open.
Bloomfield's State Open champion in the shot, Brittany Jones, has already qualified for that event with her 45-8.25 earlier in the season. But she added the weight throw to her schedule with her PR of 50'9.75, which is 18th in the US. Her teammate Adia Cavalier took over the state lead in the triple jump with her PR of 38'2 to punch her ticket to nationals as well.
Ridgefield girls barely missed making the nationals' standard in the distance medley relay at the Yale Invitational in January. But they came back to knock 10 seconds off their time with a long over due qualifying performance of 12:17.46, which is the 18th best time in the country. Katie Jasminski ran 3:41.80 for 1200m, Alex Damron ran 59.18 for 400m, Anna Landler finished in 2:20.74 for 800m and freshman Tess Pisanelli anchored with 5:15.72 1600m.
The girls from Ridgefield added to the excitement of their night with a 4:13.92 NBIN qualifying race in the sprint medley relay. Jo Simonm and Sammi Petruzzelli combined to run 54.68, Emma Langis went under 60 seconds for the 400m with a 59.49 and Gabby Viggiano took it home with a 2:19.7. Their efforts also broke their school record by four seconds.
Danbury's Bridget Chiaravalle broke a 12 year old FCIAC record in the 200, running 25.55 and Emily Souza also set the FCIAC record in the triple jump with a 34-3.
On the boys' side Danbury, Greenwich and Immaculate all qualified for NBIN in the sprint medley. The State Open champion Hatters ran the #2 time in the country to finish with a 3:32.75. Greenwich took 3rd with a 3:35.88 and the Immaculate Mustangs ran a 3:36.16.
Other Connecticut performances that made the NBIN Emerging Elite standards include:
|Weight Throw Finals||46-2.25||Nyla Pouncey||Bloomfield High School||e|
|4x200 Meter Relay Finals||1:31.47||Boys Relay Team||Bloomfield High School||e|
|4x200 Meter Relay Finals||1:31.23||Boys Relay Team||Danbury High School||e|
|4x200 Meter Relay Finals||1:44.35||Girls Relay Team||Danbury High School||e|
|Sprint Medley Relay Finals||4:17.47||Girls Relay Team||Windsor High School||e|