Danbury Boys, Greenwich Girls Take FCIAC Titles

Greenwich High, led by a balanced attack scoring in 12 of 15 events with seven wins, dethroned Danbury to

win its first girls FCIAC championship since 2012.  The meet held, Thursday at Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven featured a battle between two of the state's best teams.

The defending champion Hatters threw everything they could into the meet, but in the end the Cardinals just had too much depth.  Greenwich won three of the four relays and finished 2nd in the 4 x 800m to score 38 out of 40 possible points in the relays.  They even put an exclamation point on their victory with a meet record in the 4 x 400m with a 4:03.85. 

Junior Jordan Numme came away with three gold medals, running legs of the victorious 4x200m and 4 x 400m relays and taking the 300m as well.  Senior Genevieve DeWinter won the 600m and came from behind to anchor the sprint medley relay win.   She came back and ran a leg of the 4 x 400m.

Lia Zavattaro cleared 2 feet over her nearest competitor to win her third straight pole vault with a 10'6 jump which ties her season best. 

All American 800m runner Emily Philippides easily won the 1000m and came back about an hour later to take 4th in the 1600m.   She then finished off her night running a leg of the meet record setting 4 x 400m. 

Danbury was led by Lauren Moore and Celyna Custodio.  Moore set two personal records winning the 1600m in 5:11.11 and 3200m with a time of 11:17.17.  The senior Custodio took the shot put with a 40-4.75 which won by nearly eight feet and is the 2nd best throw in Connecticut this season. 

Even though Moore won the two distance races, Greenwich still managed to hold their own going 3-4 in the 1600m and 2-3-4 in the 3200m.

Another big scorer in the meet was freshman Tess Stapleton who won the high jump with a PR of 5'2 and the 55HH running a PR of 8.59 in the trials and a near PR of 8.62 in the finals.  While Stapleton jumped a season best of 17'9 in the long jump, she was denied a triple victory by Peyton McNamara of McMahon who was the surprise winner.  McNamara had a nearly one-foot lifetime best and soared to a 18-01.75 for the win.


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