Its a Family Affair as Hillhouse Boys and Girls Sweep Class M Titles

Since 2003 when the CIAC moved the state championships from Yale to the Floyd Little Athletic Center on Hillhouse High School's campus, the Academics have taken home either a boys or girls CIAC team trophy  every year but one.  Each year the boys and girls cheer for each other like brothers and sisters and really show what it means to be gracious hosts as they rest of the state comes into their house.  This big family is led by a husband and wife team of Gary and Michelle Moore who have overseen the program to become probably the most successful combined programs in state history.  

While the Moores are like a mother and father to many of the athletes they coach, this year their actual daughter, Leah, who is a freshman won the shot put with a throw of 39'0. Gary and Michelle were obviously proud parents, but this was just one of the many outstanding accomplishments they were proud of on Friday night.  Other gold medal performances were achieved by Ayesha Nelson who won the 55m in a season best of 7.39.  Jada Boyd was a double winner in the 600m (1:37.07) and 300m (41.81)races while her freshman teammate Nyia White took the runner up spots in both races.  Senior Kristen Washington also did her part by jumping 17'1 to win the long jump and combine with underclassmen Ayesha Nelson, Vida Harris,  and Nyimah Ambrose to take the 4 x 200m.

The gentlemen from Hillhouse only scored in six events, but when they did score, they packed a wallop in their punches.  They went right to the lead immediately after scoring 20 points in the first two events.  The 4 x 200m made up of Deshaune Poole, Neal Eley, Quintus Reid, and Naszier Torrence Robinson took first in 1:34.29.  Just a few minutes later they took the 4 x 800m with Manasseh Bekele, Talib McBride, Dale Thompson and Ryan Martinez combining to run a 8:21.15.  

Junior Deshaune Poole, who is looking like he will become a real threat in the 300IH outdoors, won the Class M title in the flat 300m in a person record of 35.86 and took 2nd in the 55HH in 7.76.  

Just like the girls, Hillhouse went 1-2 in the 600m with Bekele taking it in 1:23.29 and McBride running 1:23.73 with barely an hour to recover from their 4 x 800m victory. To show off his team dedication, Bekele  finished off the day with a 3rd place in the 300m to take part in 26 team points.

Probably one of the best non-Hillhouse performances of the day was turned in by sophomore Elizabeth Stockman of Rocky Hill.  She pulled off the tough distance double winning the 1600 and 3200m races in state leading times of 5:03.68 and 10:54.02.  She began the day with a real challenge from Weston's Kathleen Murphy who had the state lead in the mile with a 5:05.  Murphy, who been accepted to the United States Naval Academy, stalked the sophomore the entire race until just under laps to go when she made her move.  Stockman found another gear and pulled ahead to win by 4 seconds and running the 9th best time in the country.  

Stockman had an easier time of it in the 3200m and ran the race alone only have lapped runner to competed against and winning by 46 seconds in a time which is a new class meet record and is currently ranked 9th in the US.

The only other class record was set by the Weston boys team of Jack Weiss, Kevin Stankiewicz, Baruch Goodman and Tim Lautenbach who broke their own mark set three years ago with a new record of 3:38.99.  

51 performances met the MileSplit US Second Team standard.
1,000 Meter Run Finals3:06.51Sydney SchultzEllington High School
1,600 Meter Run Finals5:03.68Elizabeth StockmanRocky Hill High School
1,600 Meter Run Finals5:07.69Kathleen MurphyWeston High School
300 Meter Dash Finals41.81Jada BoydHillhouse High
300 Meter Dash Finals41.86Nyia WhiteHillhouse High
300 Meter Dash Finals42.89Victoria BowerRocky Hill High School
300 Meter Dash Finals43.21Natalie SedorBacon Academy
3,200 Meter Run Finals10:54.02Elizabeth StockmanRocky Hill High School
3,200 Meter Run Finals11:39.20Juliet BussellBrookfield High School
3,200 Meter Run Finals11:41.33Kayla CohenNew Fairfield High School
3,200 Meter Run Finals11:41.95Kathryn BonannoEllington High School
3,200 Meter Run Finals11:42.57Hazel HudsonNew Fairfield High School
4x200 Meter Relay Finals1:49.18Relay TeamHillhouse High
4x400 Meter Relay Finals4:10.14Relay TeamWeston High School
4x800 Meter Relay Finals9:52.86Relay TeamStonington High School
4x800 Meter Relay Finals9:53.03Relay TeamRocky Hill High School
4x800 Meter Relay Finals9:56.04Relay TeamEast Lyme High School
55 Meter Dash Finals7.39Ayesha NelsonHillhouse High
55 Meter Dash Finals7.39Bridget LalondieRham High School
600 Meter Run Finals1:37.07Jada BoydHillhouse High
600 Meter Run Finals1:38.48Nyia WhiteHillhouse High
600 Meter Run Finals1:40.25Meaghan CameronSacred Heart Academy
600 Meter Run Finals1:41.13Olivia DubucSheehan High School
600 Meter Run Finals1:42.54Megan DetwilerStonington High School
High Jump Finals5-4Patricia MroczkowskiBerlin High School
Sprint Medley Relay Finals4:23.46Relay TeamTolland High School
1,000 Meter Run Finals2:31.96Alexander KorczynskiWindham High School
1,000 Meter Run Finals2:34.96Timothy LautenbachWeston High School
1,000 Meter Run Finals2:35.70Stephen SuttonTolland High School
1,000 Meter Run Finals2:35.92Marzio MastrianniBranford High School
1,000 Meter Run Finals2:36.35Rhys HammondStonington High School
1,000 Meter Run Finals2:39.27Robert OttensLyman Hall High School
1,600 Meter Run Finals4:25.51Alexander KorczynskiWindham High School
1,600 Meter Run Finals4:27.74Samuel WhittakerEast Lyme High School
300 Meter Dash Finals35.86Deshawn PooleHillhouse High
300 Meter Dash Finals36.20Cameron WhalenStonington High School
300 Meter Dash Finals36.50Manasseh BekeleHillhouse High
300 Meter Dash Finals36.52Jon LewisLewis Mills High School
4x200 Meter Relay Finals1:34.29Relay TeamHillhouse High
4x800 Meter Relay Finals8:21.15Relay TeamHillhouse High
55 Meter Dash Finals6.59Dylan HatajikEast Lyme High School
55 Meter Dash Finals6.60Jay DonaldsonEast Haven High School
600 Meter Run Finals1:23.59Manasseh BekeleHillhouse High
600 Meter Run Finals1:23.73Talib McbrideHillhouse High
600 Meter Run Finals1:24.43Ryan MccauleyEast Lyme High School
600 Meter Run Finals1:25.91Jordan CrawfordLyman Hall High School
600 Meter Run Finals1:26.03Matt MarinoJohathan Law High School
600 Meter Run Finals1:26.38Brett SchuettBethel High School
Shot Put Finals53-7.5Collin MartinPlainville High School
Shot Put Finals56-7.75Michael BrowningRham High School
Sprint Medley Relay Finals3:38.99Relay TeamWeston High School