Without a track to train on, the Derby boys thwarted Bloomfield's attempt to sweep the boys and girls track title at the Class S meet, Thursday night in New Britain.
Derby had three triple gold medalists that lead them to the title. Ken Little won the 1600m in 4:25.25 and came back to take the 800m race in a meet record of 1:54.49. The senior finished the meet by joining Bevon McLean, Steven Stanley and Ja'Kwan Hale to win the 4 x 400m in a school record time of 3:24.44. Before the relay, Hale took the high jump in 6'4 and just missed the Class record in the 300IH by .09 to win in 39.09.
Junior Brian Jalowiec accomplished an incredible feat by repeating as class champion in the shot, discus and javelin throws. Winning any throwing event as a sophomore is a very rare accomplishment as the throws are usually dominated by juniors and seniors who are stronger and have longer to work on their technique. Then, to sweep all three throwing events is also rare. But to repeat the same accomplishment shows a special type of athlete.
"I believe throwers have the ability, but not sure if they have the desire to do it" said Bloomfield throws coach Damian Larking about winning all three events. "It takes a lot of time and commitment to master the three movements."
For this great accomplishment, The Red Raiders were accompanied by a police and fire escort when they arrived into town. Sirens were blazing and cars moved over as they arrived on Route 8 to honor this team that has done so much for "Connecticut's Smallest City."
Whereas Derby had five athletes contribute 80 of their 115 points, runner up Bloomfield used 16 different athletes to score 104 points.