Fairfield Ludlowe girls track finishes 10th, boys 14th
Ludlowe girls track coach Jim Corbiere was a pretty happy guy after Tuesday's FCIAC outdoor track championships. His Falcons took home seven medals, with five different competitors contributing to the team score of 31 points that placed them in a 10th place tie with Greenwich.
Sophomore distance specialist Heather Moriarty led the Falcons in scoring, placing third in the 1,600 and fourth in the 3,200. Her 5:09 in the 1,600 broke her own school record and sent her across the finish line less than a half second out of second-place.
In both the 1,600 and the 3,200, she faced crosstown rivals Meg Ryan and Carly Birkhold and found them a more than welcome challenge.
"The competition was great today," said Moriarty. "I love running against Meg and Carly and Danielle [Klein of Trumbull]. It's great motivation to be competing with such amazing and experienced runners. Pacing with them helps me improve as a runner."
Sprinter Sydney Kay added two medals, taking fourth in the 100 and fifth in the 200, .24 and .08 seconds out of the next place up, respectively.
Senior Maureen Dougherty, in her first year of serious hurdling, brought home a fifth place medal in the 300 hurdles, then set her personal record with a 33 foot leap in the triple jump, good for eighth place and a critical team point.
Lucia Harold, seeded 16th, upped her height to 4 feet-10 inches, setting a school record and earning a sixth place medal.
The final medalist for the Ludlowe girls, Liz Brand, earned sixth place in the discus throw, spinning the platter 88 feet, two inches, good for a school record.
"Yesterday was the best day the girls have ever had at the FCIAC meet," said Corbiere. "I was happy to see the girls rewarded for all of their hard work this season."
The Ludlowe boys team, beset by illness, finished 14th as a team and will have to wait until the state class meet for many of their rewards.
The Falcons' boys' 4x800 relay team of Nick Cortelessa, Tom Claiborne, Mike Frasco, and Jack White took third with a time of 8:18.63, the school's best finish ever, and with a place and a time that to nearly any other team would have been a smashing success. But their qualifying time had been 8:08.70.
"We were 10 seconds off our time today," said Cortelessa. "If we had run an 8:18 last year, we'd have been ecstatic. But we've had some illness and we had great competition today. Next week is the states and we'll start with a clean slate and have a chance to come through again. Hopefully we'll put it all together at the state meet."
Will Galle, in his first year of track, startled the field by claiming a sixth place medal in the 1,600, shaving almost two seconds off his personal record. He was closely
followed by Frasco, who took seventh, barely a half second behind his teammate.
Ludlowe's final point came from Ian Wolff, who leaped 18 feet-9 1/4 inches in his first year as a long jumper.
Falcon head coach Dave Nulf waxed optimistic about the state class meet next Wednesday.
"We are definitely looking forward to the Class L meet next week, and feel like we are rounding into form to have a strong showing there," said Nulf. "If we can get everyone healthy at the same time, I think we have a chance to score even more points than we did in the FCIAC meet."