CIAC Class S track and field: Mitchell earns 3 wins
NEW HAVEN — The girls 55 dash shaped up as an interesting event and it proved to be one of the most exciting events at the CIAC Class S track and field championships at Floyd Little Athletic Center on Friday.
Andraya Yearwood of Cromwell entered the 55 event as the top seed, Chelsea Mitchell of Canton was the second seed and Terry Miller of Bloomfield was the third seed.
Mitchell ended up with an emotional finish. Mitchell won her first 55 indoor track title with a time of 7.18 seconds and Miller was second in 7.20. Yearwood had a false start in the preliminary heat and did not qualify for the final.
On Wednesday, Mitchell was one of three Connecticut female track and field athletes and their parents who filed a federal lawsuit to try and prevent transgender athletes, like Yearwood and Miller, from competing in girls sports in Connecticut. The three girls are represented by the conservative nonprofit organization Alliance Defending Freedom.
“I was just pushing as hard as I could,” Mitchell said. “When I finished, I looked up at the board and said to myself ‘oh my gosh.’ The way the race went I thought I had an edge. I never won an indoor 55 before, so this is big for me. It’s the first time I ever beat Terry Miller.
“I tried not to think about the lawsuit. My focus was entirely on running the race and winning. At the end, with the strong finish and the lean at the end, I thought I had it.”
Yearwood admitted the publicity surrounding the recent lawsuit was in the back of her mind.
“At the start of my heat I was too anxious, and that contributed to my false start,” Yearwood said. “The lawsuit was definitely in the back of my mind and it probably will be when I continue to compete here.”
Mitchell, committed to William & Mary, has new-found confidence with the win.
“Winning the 55 now gives me more confidence in my ability,” Mitchell said. “I know what I can do and this proves I can win.”
Mitchell kept that winning momentum going in two other events to make it a three-win day for her in the individual events.
Mitchell won the 300 in 40.98 and the long jump in 18 feet, 8.5 inches.
Miller was unavailable after the race and Bloomfield coach Anne Burrows said about Miller,” she was prepared and ran a good race in the 55. It was an exciting finish.”
Bloomfield’s depth proves too hard to overcome and wins the girls team title with 83 points, Old Saybrook is second with 60.25 and Immaculate third with 50.
The Warhawks win their 11th CIAC Class S title in a row and have 18 class titles overall (16 Class S, two Class M).
Bloomfield had wins in the 4x200 relay, 4x400 relay and 55 hurdles. Miller ran the last leg of the 4x200 that the Warhawks won in 1:47.14. Elicia Colon won the 55 hurdles in 8.89. Bloomfield won the 4x400 in 4:10.12.
“To win again, this is definitely a great feeling,” Bloomfield girls coach Anne Burrows said. “Nobody on this team wants to lose (team title). Hopefully I’m not here when the day comes and we do lose. We didn’t have as much depth as we have had in the past. But everyone worked hard and stepped up.
“Throwing events were key for us. But a lot of girls stepped up. Elicia Colon got us points in the 55 hurdles, 300 and 4x400. Johniece Jones was second in the high jump (4-10) and Jadyn Gibson was second in the 600 (1:41.61) and got us points we didn’t expect.”
Alliyah Boothe won the shot put with a throw of 41-3.
Hanratty experiments in 1000
Grace Hanratty of Old Saybrook, one of the top girls long distance runners in the state, tried something different in the 1000 and came away with a win.
Hanratty led start to finish and won in 2:59.85. Jaden Young of Woodland was second in 3:03.58.
“My coach and I talked before the race and we decided the best strategy today would be to go out front from the start of the gun,” Hanratty said. “I usually stay back a little and then push hard at the end. But I went to the front to see if anyone would stay with me to push me.
“A couple of girls stayed with me most of the race and I was a bit concerned. But going into the final lap I decided to pull away and finish hard.”
DiStefano sets school record
Liv DiStefano of East Hampton has typically led from start to finish in the 1600 this season. It was no different at Class S with a strong race to win it in a school-record 5:10.13. Ailene Doherty of Immaculate was second in 5:18.28.
“This season in my races I’ve been racing on my own most of the time,” DiStefano said. “Today, I wanted someone to push me and I stayed back a little to see who would come with me. I just kept going and finished hard to try and get a personal best.
“Last year was a hard year for me with injuries. Winning this race at a state meet makes up for that in a big way.”
DiStefano also won the 3200 in 11:14.09.
Solid 600 for Coyle
Molly Coyle of Immaculate took a short lead the first two laps in the 600 and then pulled away in lap three for the win in 1:39.98.
“My only thought for the 600 was to go out hard, run as hard I could and hold on,” Coyle said. “I stayed in front. But going around the final turn I used my kick to pull away just to be sure.”
Coyle also ran the last leg of the Mustangs’ win in the 4x800 relay in 9:40.63 and she ran the last leg of the Sprint medley Relay that won in 4:30.80.
Other notable finishes
Olivia Lombardi of Oxford won the high jump with a height of 5-10. Cate Coppes of Old Saybrook won the pole vault with a height of 10-6.
Class S Girls Track and Field Results
Team scores: 1) Bloomfield 83, 2) Old Saybrook 60.25, 3) Immaculate 50; 4) Canton 46; 5) East Hampton 38; 6) Woodland 26; 7) Haddam-Killingworth 24; 8) Granby 20.25; 9) St. Bernard 19; 10) Cromwell 16; 11) Somers 12; 12) Oxford 10; 13) Seymour 9; 14) Coginchaug 8; 15) Montville 6 ; 15) Abbott Tech 6; 17) Weaver 5; 18) Valley Regional 4; 18) North Branford 4; 20) Griswold 3.25; 20) Lyman Memorial 3.25; 22) Capital Prep 3; 23) University 2; 23) Thomaston 2; 23) Windham 2; 23) Metropolitan LC 2; 27) Derby 1. 55 dash: 1 Chelsea Mitchell (Canton) 7.18; 2. Terry Miller (Bloomfield) 7.20; 3. Kedarjah Lewis (Haddam-Killingworth) 7.24; 4. Jahmiha Lindo (Bloomfield) 7.57; 5. Katharine Bruno (Seymour) 7.60; 6. Brianna Westberry (Capital Prep) 7.63. 300: 1. Chelsea Mitchell (Canton) 40.98; 2. Kedarjah Lewis (Haddam-Killingworth) 42.43; 3. Katharine Bruno (Seymour) 42.45; 4. Elicia Colon (Bloomfield) 42.48; 5. Malia Wilson (Metropolitan) 42.80; 6. Anna-Sashia Jones (Weaver) 43.04. 600: 1. Molly Coyle (Immaculate) 1:39.98; 2. Jadyn Gibson (Bloomfield) 1:41.63; 3. Marissa Shiland (Abbott Tech) 1:41.87; 4. Anna-Sashia Jones (Weaver) 1:45.33; 5. Mauricea Francis (Bloomfield) 1:45.51; 6 Jade Brennan (Woodland) 1:46.65. 1000: 1. Grace Hanratty (Old Saybrook) 2:59.85; 2. Jaden Young (Woodland) 3:03.58; 3. Kaylee Gravel (East Hampton) 3:12.60; 4. Elizabeth Bowman (Montville) 3:12.78; 5. Kate Bowman (Montville) 3:14.30; 6. Katelyn Segreti (Immaculate) 3:15.24. 1600: 1. Liv DiStefano (East Hampton) 5:10.13; 2. Ailene Doherty (Immaculate) 5:18.28; 3. Kayla Ondy (Immaculate) 5:20.14; 4. Julia Caputo (Canton) 5:20.61; 5. Emma Slavin (Woodland) 5:23.03; 6. Caitlin Wiley (Old Saybrook) 5:29.19. 3200: 1. Liv DiStefano (East Hampton) 11:14.09; 2. Kylie Raymond (Somers) 11:21.86; 3. Julia Caputo (Canton) 11:25.07; 4. Kayla Ondy (Immaculate) 11:56.47; 5. Maegan Desmarais (Thomaston) 11:59.97; 6. Keelin Bremmer (Immaculate) 12:06.19. 55 hurdles: 1. Elicia Colon (Bloomfield) 8.89; 2. Brylee Montanari (East Hampton) 9.10; 3.Autumn Szucs (Old Saybrook) 9.13; 4. Olivia Suter (Somers) 9.17; 5. Lauren Roy (Granby).9.47; 6. Johniece Jones (Bloomfield) 9.75* 4x200 relay: 1. Bloomfield (Jadyn Gibson, Jahmiha Lindo, Laniyah Henderson, Terry Miller) 1:47.14; 2. Cromwell 1:52.25; 3. St. Bernard 1:53.7; 4. Valley Regional 1:54.70; 5. Canton 1:54.94; 6. Granby 1:55.27. 4x400 relay: 1. 1 Bloomfield (Jadyn Gibson, Laniyah Henderson, Mauricea Francis, Elicia Colon) 4:10.12; 2. Cromwell 4:17.17; 3. Woodland 4:21.65; 4. Old Saybrook 4:26.18; 5. Granby 4:31.10; 6. St. Bernard 4:33.81. 4x800 relay: 1. Immaculate (Kayla Ondy, Lauren Manning, Ailene Doherty, Molly Coyle) 9:40.63; 2. Old Saybrook 10:18.34; 3. St. Bernard 10:24.80; 4. Canton 10:26.06; 5. Haddam-Killingworth 10:35.14; 6. Derby 10:40.43. 1600 Sprint medley Relay: 1. Immaculate (Isabel Taiman, Lauren Manning, Ailene Doherty, Molly Coyle) 4:30.80; 2. Old Saybrook 4:33.46; 3. St. Bernard 4:33.64; 4. East Hampton 4:40.86; 5. Bloomfield 4:43.51; 6. Granby 4:44.12. High jump: 1. Olivia Lombardi (Oxford) 5-0; 2. Johniece Jones (Bloomfield) 4-10; 3. Kristen Goodrich (Lyman Memorial) 4-10; 3. Lauren Roy (Granby) 4-10; 3. Audrey Strmiska (Griswold) 4-10; 3. Grace McLaughlin (Old Saybrook) 4-10. Pole vault: 1. Cate Coppes (Old Saybrook) 10-6; 2. Carolyn Cumello (Coginchaug) 9-6; 3. Hannah Sumby (Old Saybrook) 9-0; 4. Grace McLaughlin (Old Saybrook) 8-6; 5. Resia Baran (Windham) 8-0; 6. Hailey Bernier (Woodland) 8-0.Long jump: Chelsea Mitchell (Canton) 18-8.5; 2. Kedarjah Lewis (Haddam-Killingworth) 17-2.25; 3. Lauren Roy (Granby) 17-2.25; 4. Mackenzie Glenn (North Branford) 16-9.75; 5. Gynaia Morgan (Capital Prep) 15-11; 6. Megan Wassick (Granby) 15-10.25. Shot put: Alliyah Boothe (Bloomfield) 41-3; 2. Jasmine Michie (Woodland) 38-2; 3. Otisha Williams (Bloomfield) 37-4; 4. Tristian Haugabook (Granby) 36-5.25; 5. Shayland Clarke (University) 34-3.5; 6. Faith Rousseau (Seymour) 34-2.