Masuk wins 1st, Tolland 7th Straight Title

Tolland girls continued to roll past the competition while Masuk came up with their first boys state championship in outdoor track.  

The Eagles captured five events with Katherine Deloreto winning the 1600m and 800m and Hayley Collins taking the 3200m.  Amy-erin Zadroga won her third straight pole vault title tying the meet record with an 11 ft vault and added a 121 ft 9 inch javelin throw to her championship performances.  

Tolland defeated Avon who started off the meet winning the 4 x 800m in 9:36.39, which was less than two seconds off the meet record. But the Falcons were led by Carly Carpino who won both hurdle events. The junior came in as the 3rd seed in the 100HH but set a half second personal record to win in 15.48 and followed up in the 300IH where she was favored with a time of 48.32.  Carpino also took the bronze medal in the long jump with a jump of 17'0.25 feet.

Lauralton Hall senior Kathryn Kelly had an outstanding day winning the 100m, 200m and triple jump.  The defending 100m champion came in as the number one seed in the 200m and triple jump but was only seeded third in her primary event.  She showed off her experience by defending her title with a time of 12.46 and scored 30 of her team's 33 points.

While the girls meet was decided way before the end of the meet, the boys side came down to the 4 x 400m.

After the 3200m, a point an a half was all the separated Masuk and E.O. Smith.  Even though Smith knocked nearly two seconds off their seed time, it wasn't enough as Masuk was able to claim their first ever state title in boys outdoor track.

Masuk has seen a resurgence in their track program the past two years under Ed Lucas who recently switched from coaching the girls track team at Oxford High.  They won their first ever Southwest Conference title last year and finished a close runner up to New Milford this year.  

Never known for its distance prowess, the Panther won the 4 x 800m in a new school record of 8:05.29 improving the previous record by almost 20 seconds.  Then in one of the closest races of the day, SWC rivals Stephen Tyler of Weston, Masuk's Moetiz Shilleh and Joel Barlow's Michael Bortolot battled it out down the final straightaway in the 1600m. Shilleh had a slight lead until the final meters when Tyler, the New England 1000m champion indoors, edged ahead by a tenth of a second to win in 4:22.07.  The Masuk senior still held on for second to give his team eight points.  

Classmate Andrew Whitney sealed the win with his victory in the 3200m with a time of 9:49.28.  The senior who has committed to Marist added the last 10 points to clinch the win.

The Class LL meet was postponed due to dangerous weather conditions and will conclude their meet today at Willowbrook Park before the Class S meet.

28 performances met the MileSplit US Second Team standard.

HS GIRLSMARKATHLETETEAM
1,600 Meter Run Finals5:06.09Katherine DeloretoTolland High School
1,600 Meter Run Finals5:09.98Meredith BlossGuilford High School
1,600 Meter Run Finals5:12.10Jacqueline GuerraGuilford High School
1,600 Meter Run Finals5:13.49Emily FoleyAvon High School
1,600 Meter Run Finals5:13.72Mary BibbeyNonnewaug High School
3,200 Meter Run Finals11:02.13Hayley CollinsTolland High School
3,200 Meter Run Finals11:13.94Meredith BlossGuilford High School
4x800 Meter Relay Finals9:36.39Relay TeamAvon High School
4x800 Meter Relay Finals9:37.49Relay TeamGuilford High School
800 Meter Run Finals2:19.31Katherine DeloretoTolland High School
Javelin Finals121-9Amy-erin ZadrogaTolland High School
Long Jump Finals17-9Kiki SmithJohathan Law High School
Long Jump Finals18-0.75Erica MarriottNorth Haven High School
Pole Vault Finals10-6Bridget WirtzBranford High School
Pole Vault Finals11-0Amy-erin ZadrogaTolland High School
Shot Put Finals37-1Sarah VanacoreNorth Haven High School
Shot Put Finals38-9.5Lauryn GauseBrookfield High School
HS BOYSMARKATHLETETEAM
1,600 Meter Run Finals4:22.07Stephen TylerWeston High School
1,600 Meter Run Finals4:22.17Moetiz ShillehMasuk High School
1,600 Meter Run Finals4:22.67Michael BortolotJoel Barlow High School
300 Meter Hurdles Finals39.11Marcus MansonWindsor High School
400 Meter Dash Finals49.45Omar GebrilNorth Haven High School
4x800 Meter Relay Finals8:05.29Relay TeamMasuk High School
4x800 Meter Relay Finals8:09.45Relay TeamWeston High School
800 Meter Run Finals1:56.62Ben RuffingJoel Barlow High School
800 Meter Run Finals1:56.87Marzio MastrianniBranford High School
Long Jump Finals22-6.5Jason PinnockWindsor High School
Pole Vault Finals14-0Milan SpisekJoel Barlow High School


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