CT athletes fare well at Loughlin Games

Several Connecticut athletes ventured across the borders this past weekend to compete in the Bishop Loughlin Games at the New Balance Armory. The New York-based meet always draws a talented core of nationally-ranked athletes and the Nutmeg State had a few among them.

Jessica Drop, a junior from Coginchaug, captured the 1,000-meter run with a nation-leading time of 2 minutes, 57.13 seconds.  Drop, a fifth-place finisher at last year's CIAC Open Championship, was a little more than two seconds ahead of runner-up Shaniqua Kirkpatrick of Cardoza, N.Y., who was timed in 2:59.52.

Drop's senior teammate and sister, Samantha Drop, was 12th in the mile with a time of 5:12.04.

In the boys' pole vault, Westhill's Chris Rough tied for third with a height of 14-feet even. The senior was third at the New Balance National Outdoor Championships in June.

Danbury was ninth in the boys' 4x800m relay with a combined time of 8:23.94.