Corona sets Air Force Academy record

Former Fairfield Prep runner Patrick Corona recently became the first U.S. Air Force runner to break the four-minute mile and the second Connecticut resident ever to break that mark. The senior cadet hit the tape in 3:59.77 during the AF Invitational meet in the USAF Academy in Colorado.

Carona, from Fairfield, is currently ranked as the No. 1 miler in the country by the NCAA. He is also the current NCAA Mountain West Conference 5000 meters outdoor champion. Carona’s time set a new Academy standard and cut nearly two seconds off of the senior class record that had stood since 1996.

At Prep, Corona was all-SCC and helped the Jesuits win the 2011 state cross country title. Ran the anchor leg of the 4x800-meter relay team that placed second in New England with a school record time of 7:50.

Fleming takes sixth in Eastern States

Notre Dame-Fairfield senior Hakim Fleming recently finished sixth overall in the prestigious Eastern States Wresting Classic heavyweight division.

In his first match, Fleming earned a 5-2 decision over Zane Tucker of Elmira, N.Y., which advanced him into the Round of 16, where he pinned Alex Gonzalez of Newberg, N.Y. in 5:07 to reach the quarterfinals.

In the quarters, Fleming won a 9-2 decision over Jake Beckwith of General Brown High in Dexter, N.Y., to advance into the semifinals where he suffered his first loss, being pinned at 5:47 by Zach Gifford of Deposit-Hancock High School in New York.

In the consolation round, Fleming lost the fifth place match to Beckwith via a pin at 2:25. The defending Connecticut champion is 23-0 against state competition this season.

Warde cheerleading clinic set for Feb. 12

The Fairfield Warde Cheerleading Team will be hosting their annual Winter Cheerleading Clinic on Friday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Fairfield Warde High School gym.

The clinic is open to girls and boys in grades 1 through 8. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, Feb. 9. The cost is $60 per cheerleader. Early drop off is available at the school at 8 a.m. for an additional $5.

Warde cheerleaders and coaches will be instructing in the following areas: Jumps, Dance, Motion Technique, Cheer and Stunting. This is a not-for-profit event and proceeds will go toward the FWHS Cheer Program (CHSCA Insured).

To register, send child’s name, address, grade, school and age along with payment to:

Fairfield Warde High School, Attn: Warde Cheer Coaches, 755 Melville Avenue, Fairfield, CT 06825. For more details, contact Coach Nicole Conner & Coach Rachel Zajac at wardecheerleading@gmail.com