The Class LL Championships will be this Saturday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven with a start time of 10 am.
Danbury boys have won the last five Class LL titles and they are favored to win their sixth straight. As they have done it in the other 14 championships they have won since 1998, their strength is their depth. They are the top seed in the 4 x 200, 4 x 400m and sprint medley relays along with the Sean-Michael Parkinson in the 300m and Malcolm Going in the 600m race.
William Landowne of Staples is having a great season and currently has the #2 time in the country of 8:31 from the Yale Invitational. He is the top seed in the 1000m, 1600m and 3200m. He If he goes for the team point and triples, it will certainly help his team's chances. But if he only does one or two events, he could take down any meet record
Staples certainly can come away with a highlight or two. Chet Ellis has already cleared 6'8 in December which ties for the 12th best high jump in the country. With the meet record only a quarter inch higher, that record could be in jeopardy as well.
The Danbury girls are the defending Class LL champions and have returned a very strong team. But they an into an incredibly powerful Greenwich team last week at FCIACs who outscored them 122- 100. The Cardinals are led by Senior Emily Philippides who is the top seed in the 1000m, 600m and 1600m and will most like scratch one of those events to run a relay. They have the top seeds in all four relays and have big contributors in most events.
The Lady Hatters will rely on their strong relays, distance star Lauren Moore, and their deep squad of long jumpers if they hope to repeat.
One of the biggest events include Danbury's Celyna Custodio and Amanda Howe of Southington who have both broken 40 feet in the shot several times this season. While the meet record of 45 ft might be a out of range (might be), there are two other girls, Marley Marston of Newton and Susie Okoli of Wilbur Cross who have thrown over 38 feet and the finals should be quit a show.
Another Southington star is Megan Biscoglio who has already cleared 12'1 in the pole vault this winter and has a great shot at the meet record of 11'7. While she has already qualified for the New Balance Nationals Emerging Elite in the event, her ultimate goal is 12'4 to make the championship section.
Another record might be reached if junior Allyson Lewis of Norwich Free Academy is able to duplicate her season best of 5'6 from the SCC Coaches Invitational.
Projected Boys Class LL Team Scores
Projected Girls Class LL Team Scores