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Alvarado wins 3,200 at State Open track meet

Published 3:17 pm, Thursday, February 21, 2013
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Christian Alvarado's first State Open track finish was a doozy.

The Fairfield Prep junior crossed the finish line first in 9:24.58 just ahead of Newtown's Jacob Feinstein (9:26.23), in the 3,200-meter race at the State Open on Tuesday in New Haven.

"I thought I had a really good chance," Alvarado said. "I led most of the way, and (Feinstein's) strategy was mine. It felt good to win."

Prep accrued 10 points, placing 13th. The Jesuits were the lone boys team from Fairfield to earn points.

Alvarado, who ran the 1,600-meter race but withdrew in 2012, followed up his Class LL two-mile title with the Open championship.

"The experience of winning, and being able to finish in that fashion, feels a lot better," he said.

The junior has qualified for the New England Indoor Interscholastic Track & Field meet March 2 in Boston.

On the girls side, Cate Allen placed second in the 1,600-meter race. Allen set a Fairfield Warde record, 4:58.74, eclipsing former school-record holder Meg Ryan's 5:00.71 in 2009.

"She had a remarkable race," Warde girls coach Shawn Sorbello said. "To go second at the State Open is an awesome accomplishment."

Allen will now advance to the New England indoor met as well.

The Warde girls 4x400-relay team-- consisting of Allen, Lia Joham, Paige Hanley and Lauren Levine -- also set a school record of 4:12.77 in its seventh-place finish.

The Warde girls team placed 19th overall with 12 points.

"Overall it was a good performance," Warde head coach Tim Foster said. "It was a great end to our season for many of our athletes."

Darien's girls track team claimed first place. Bloomfield claimed the boys State Open crown.

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