New Haven, CT - Last year Xavier won the L crown for the boys and Windsor for the girls, both by about 20 points. This year the Windsor girls look to be again the dominant force for L, and Simsbury, Wilton, East Lyme, and Darien will be chasing. Things are a bit murkier on the boys' side as Daniel Hand and Bristol Central are expected to battle for the team title, and new face Hillhouse (the boys are up from Class M where they dominated in 2019), Simsbury, and EO Smith will also have a say in the matter. Points from the field events could be big here, but it's a little hard to fathom how the numbers will add up.
On the girls side, Wilton junior Shelby Dejana is expected to be a headliner as she looks to defend her 55 hurdles title and is also the favorite in the 55m and a likely big contributor to her 4x200m relay squad. Windsor is the big favorite in the 4x200m and 4x400m relays, and Jalah Cooper is the leader in the 300m. Darien is led by 1600m favorite Mairead Clas and long jump and high jump star Chelsi Chevannes. Simsbury is led by 600m reigning champ Elsa Martin and 1K favorite Olivia Birney, who might be assisting in the team's sprint medley relay. East Lyme is led by pole favorite Megan Delillo.
On the boys side, Hand is led by 55m and 300m favorite Joshua Stewart and distance guys Dante Zucconi and Connor Parthasarthy, the favored 4x400m and SMR relay squads, and pole vaulter Bryce Myers. Bristol Central counters with 600m reigning champ Jose Ramirez, the distance duo of Mark Petrosky and Nate DeAngelo, and a favored 4x800m squad. Hillhouse has sprinter Ralphael Hawkins and shot putter Gary Moore Jr. battling for titles, and the 4x200m squad is heavily favored. Another top performers will be Wilby's Messiah Harling who is the 55m reigning champ and has the best seed in the long jump. Other guys expected to make a big impact are Xavier's shot putter Davon Colon and Newington's 3200 favorite Sam Geissler.