CIAC State Open Championships Highlights Feb 19, 2012

Precious Holmes of Hillhouse High School absolutely scorched the field and crushed the meet record with a US#1 time of 1:31.23.  The old record was 1:35.06 set back in 2008 by Annelies Gamble of Amity High School, and Holmes was previously ranked US#1 when she ran 1:32.61 at the SCC Coaches Invitational last month.  Holmes set another meet record when she crossed the line in the 300m.  Her 38.56 surpassed the 1996 record of 39.17 set by Shayla Wallace of Northwest Catholic. Holmes’ 300m time is currently US#2.

Hillhouse Girls and Staples Boys Win State Titles Feb 19, 2012

Behind record-setting performances from Precious Holmes in the 300 meters and the 600 meters, the Academics captured their first State Open title since 2008 by scoring 74 points to beat Windsor (34) and Glastonbury (34 3/4). It was the sixth State Open title for Hillhouse. (via

Henry Wynne leads Staples track and field team to State Open title Feb 19, 2012

NEW HAVEN -- The Staples High School boys track and field team rode "the horse" to the CIAC State Open Championship on Saturday afternoon at the Floyd Little Athletic Center, according to head coach Laddie Lawrence. Junior Henry Wynne is that horse, and he won the 1,000 meters, and was part of two first-place relays to lead the Wreckers to their first State Open title in more than 20 years. (via