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FCIAC GIRLS indoor TRACK Danbury girls indoor track wins 3rd FCIAC title in 4 years

February 1, 2019

NEW HAVEN — It’s all about the championships for the Danbury High School girls indoor track program.

The Hatters put their depth of talent on display Thursday night while rolling to yet another FCIAC Girls Indoor Track Championship trophy at Floyd Little Athletic Center at Hillhouse High School.

Danbury ruled the FCIAC meet for the third time in four years. It was the Hatters’ fifth girls indoor crown since 2010.

“We talk to the girls about times when you have to climb the tough hill,” said Danbury coach Nick Fraticelli. “The girls showed huge courage and huge tenacity to get this victory. Titles and legacy mean a lot to the girls. They understand they are links in a long track chain. They understand what it is to build a great, great culture.”

Danbury finished the evening with five first-place finishes to go with a ton of points from top-six finishes.

The Hatters amassed 110 points on their way to victory.

Ridgefield won the final event, the 4x400 relay, to take second place with 60.50 points.

Ludlowe (57) was third, followed by Greenwich (54.5) and Trumbull (46).

McMahon (30), Wilton (24), Darien (20.5), New Canaan (19), St. Joseph (18.5) and Norwalk (16) were next.

In the 4x200 meter relay, the McMahon quartet of Niamh Linehan, Savannah Bromley, Chloe Ortolano and Peyton McNamara won in 1:49.08. Greenwich (1:49.67) was runner-up with Ludlowe (1:51.44) third.

In the 4x800 meter relay, the Trumbull foursome of Kali Holden, Carolyn Cardell, Alessandra Zaffina and Emily Alexandru won in 9:50.25. Ridgefield (9:50.91) was second with Greenwich (10:05.16) in third.

In the pole vault, Ludlowe High senior Laurel Blackman was champion as she cleared a personal best and school-record height of 9-feet-6. Wilton’s Anna Rava and Trumbull’s Aleksandra Misiewicz tied for second at 9-feet-0.

“To be FCIAC champion is great. To raise my personal best and the school record in the process is a nice outcome,” Blackman said. “I was confident coming in. I just had to calm down. I’m ready for the state meets. I want to clear 10 feet there.”

In the 1,000, Danbury senior and future Sacred Heart University runner Cassandra Sturdevant won in 3:05.90. Greenwich’s Zoe Harris (3:06.06) was runner-up. Danbury sophomore Daniella Gruillon-Pena was third (3:07.17).

In the 600, Trumbull junior Emily Alexandru won in 1:40.63. Norwalk senior Laura Turner (1:41.10) was second. Ridgefield sophomore Grace Michalowski (1:41.16) took third.

“In the 4x800 relay, I got the baton (for the anchor leg) with the lead. I was very determined to hold it,” Alexandru said. “In the 600, I ran in the Invitational here at Hillhouse last weekend. I went out very fast and petered out in the end. Tonight I let (Norwalk’s) Turner run in front and I caught her at the end. We were neck and neck down the stretch. I left it all on the track to get the win.”

In the 55 meter hurdles final, Ludlowe sophomore Tess Stapleton was crowned champion in 8.32 seconds. St. Joseph’s Kayla Clark (8.51) was runner-up. Wilton’s Shelby Dejana (8.63) took third.

“I was really happy with the hurdles win. The time was a personal best,” Stapleton said. “Being runner-up in the high jump was good. I did make a lot more misses than usual at each height. Competing in three events is hard. The mental drain of running back and forth is the tough part. But to be All-FCIAC in three events is joyful.”

In the 55-meter dash final, Ludlowe senior Maya Mocarski won in 7.39 seconds. Danbury senior Shanell Stewart (7.45) was second. Wilton sophomore Shelby Dejana (7.48) took third.

In the 1,600, McMahon sophomore Amanda Graham won in 5:41.95. Trumbull junior Sabrina Orazietti (5:44.84) was runner-up. New Canaan freshman Kiera Hynes (5:44.90) took third.

In the shot put, Danbury senior Celia Ann Chikezie won with a heave of 31-feet-6. Staples sophomore Taylor Symonette (31-feet-2) was runner-up. New Canaan’s Naomi Cimino (31-1.75) was third for the second straight year.

In the high jump, St. Joseph sophomore Nia Christie won by clearing 5-feet-2. Ludlowe’s Tess Stapleton (5-feet-2, more misses) was second. Tied for third at 5-feet-0 were McMahon senior Savannah Bromley and Danbury sophomore Chelsi Chevannes.

“It’s empowering that I was able to win,” Christie said. “It was nice to see my hard work pay off. But I know there is still room for improvement in the upcoming state meets.”

After 10 of the 15 events, Danbury rebounded from as slow start to lead with 66 points. Ludlowe was second at 46 points followed by Ridgefield (32.5) and Trumbull (32).

In the 1,600 Sprint Medley relay, the Danbury High quartet of Emily Souza, Shanell Stewart, Jessica Glowacki and Maya Gawley won in 4:28.62. Ridgefield (4:31.39) nipped Greenwich (4:31.42) for second place.

In the long jump, Danbury junior Meilee Kry gave the Hatters 10 big points with a winning leap of 17-feet-9.25. Ludlowe’s Tess Stapleton was runner-up at 17-feet-9. McMahon’s Peyton McNamara (17-5) was third.

In the 300 meters, Greenwich High senior Jordan Numme repeated as FCIAC champion in 43.07 seconds. Norwalk senior Laura Turner (43.29) was runner-up. McMahon senior Savannah Bromley (43.35) took third.

“I got into indoor track my freshman year and the 300 meters was the event I felt comfortable with,” Numme said. “And in this senior year, I wanted to leave a solid legacy and take home some gold (medals).”

In the 3,200, Danbury sophomore Daniella Grullon-Pena won at the wire in 11:32.31, nipping Ridgefield’s Tess Pisanelli (11:32.61). Trumbull freshman Kali Holden (11:36.61) was third.

In the closing 4x400 relay, Ridgefield closed in the final meters to win in 4:11.91 thanks to the efforts of Natasha Riek, Katherine Langis, Carolyn Donovan and Grace Michalowski. Greenwich (4:12.32) was second. Darien (4:20.04) was third.

rdepreta@stamfordadvocate.com

FCIAC championships at Floyd Little Athletic Center

Team scores: 1. Danbury 110, 2. Ridgefield 60.5, 3. Ludlowe 57, 4. Greenwich 54.5, 5. Trumbull 46, 6. McMahon 30, 7. Wilton 24, 8. Darien 20.5, 9. New Canaan 19, 10. St. Joseph 18.5, 11. Norwalk 16, 12. Staples 8, 13. Stamford 1.

Top six finishers in each event

4x200 relay: 1. McMahon (Niamh Linehan, Savannah Bromley, Chloe Ortolano, Peyton McNamara) 1:50.23; 2. Greenwich (Jada Williams, Jordan Numme, Katherine Large, Cameron Castelli) 1:48.03; 3. Ludlowe (Maya Mocarski, Ashley Moynahan, Kayla Pattison, Molly Ferullo) 1:49.67; 4. Ridgefield (Catherine Conroy, Carrina Dabroi, Carolyn Donovan, Natasha Riek) 1:50.88; 5. Wilton (Claudia Nanez, Maureen Campbell, Cassidy Costello, Shelby Dejana) 1:51.67; 6. Stamford (Mya McLeod, Nadia Philogene, Ester Thomas, Ajhane Young) 1:57.64; 4x800 relay: 1. Trumbull (Kali Holden, Carolyn Cardell, Alessandra Zaffina, Emily Alexandru) 9:50.25; 2. Ridgefield (Rory McGrath, Elizabeth Jasminski, Katherine Langis, Grace Michalowski) 9:50.91; 3. Greenwich (Bailey Gordon, Mari Noble, Caroline Webb, Grace Collier) 10:05.16; 4. Danbury (Maya Gawley, Valerie Fox, Vivian Mendez, Caroline Williams) 10:05.46; 5. New Canaan (Celia Sokolowski, Sophie Curcio, Molly Murphy, Ella Gibb) 10:09.53; 6. McMahon (Riley Stenger, Amanda Graham, Tess Jordan, Cassidy Nash) 10:09.84; 55 hurdles: 1. Tess Stapleton (Ludlowe) 8.32; 2. Kayla Clark (St. Joseph) 8.51; 2. Shelby Dejana (Wilton) 8.63; 4. Jaylyn Carter (Danbury) 9.36; 5. Mikayla DePina (Trumbull) 9.48; 6. Elizabeth DeMassa (Ridgefield) 9.52; 55 dash: 1. Maya Mocarski (Ludlowe) 7.39; 2. Shanell Stewart (Danbury) 7.45; 3. Shelby Dejana (Wilton) 7.48; 4. Elizabeth St. George (New Canaan) 7.49; 5. Abbygail Michel (Trumbull) 7.55; 6. Claudia Nanez (Wilton) 7.56; 1000: 1. Cassandra Sturdevant (Danbury) 3:05.90; 2. Zoe Harris (Greenwich) 3:06.06; 3. Daniella Grullon-Pena (Danbury) 3:07.17; 4. Tess Pisanelli (Ridgefield) 3:08.44; 5. Sophie Curcio (New Canaan) 3:11.92; 6. Madeline Ruggerio (Ludlowe) 3:12.84; 600: 1. Emily Alexandru (Trumbull) 1:40.63; 2. Laura Turner (Norwalk) 1:41.10; 3. Grace Michalowski (Ridgefield) 1:41.16; 4. Meilee Kry (Danbury) 1:43.63; 5. Kasey McGerald (Ridgefield) 1:44.25; 6. Evelyn Marchand (Trumbull) 1:44.47; 1600: 1. Lauren Moore (Danbury) 5:13.57; 2. Mari Noble (Greenwich) 5:15.12; 3. Gabriella Viggiano (Ridgefield) 5:16.48; 4. Mairead Clas (Darien) 5:17.25; 5. Stephanie Quieroz (Danbury) 5:17.68; 6. Daphne Cutler (Darien) 5:24.73; 1600 sprint medley: 1. Danbury (Emily Souza, Shanell Stewart, Jessica Glowacki, Maya Gawley) 4:28.62; 2. Ridgefield (Catherine Conroy, Emma Langis, Carolyn Donovan, Caitlin Slaminko) 4:31.39; 3. Greenwich (Alexa Brust, Brett Edmonds, Katherine Large, Zoe Harris) 4:31.42; 4. Trumbull (Jeah Riodin, Abbygail Michel, Ella Consla, Margaret LoSchiavo) 4:35.65; 5. Ludlowe (Ashley Moynahan, Kayla Pattison, Grace Shah, Madeline Ruggerio) 4:37.05; 6. Darien (Kate Armstrong, Brianna Lyons, Katie Chandler, Cameron Appelby) 4:41.71; 300: 1. Jordan Numme (Greenwich) 43.07; 2. Laura Turner (Norwalk) 43.29; 3. Savannah Bromley (McMahon) 43.35; 4. Emily Alexandru (Trumbull) 43.72; 5. Claudia Nanez (Wilton) 43.77; 6. Molly Ferullo (Ludlowe) 43.95; 3200: 1. Sophie Curcio (New Canaan) 12:13.12; 2. Eadaoin Clarke (Greenwich) 12:17.77; 3. Julia Antonicelli (Ludlowe) 12:21.77; 4. Emily Nolan (Ludlowe) 12:22.10; 5. Lauren Doherty (New Canaan) 12:26.46; 6. Juliette Lipson (Stamford) 12:27.53; 4x400 relay: 1. Ridgefield (Natasha Riek, Katherine Langis, Carolyn Donovan) 4:11.91; 2. Greenwich (Zoe Harris, Mari Noble, Cameron Castelli, Jordan Numme) 4:12.32; 3. Darien (Charlotte Van Ingen, Chelsi Chevannes, Suzanne Alliegro, Eva Finn) 4:20.04; 4. Danbury (Brianna Gillard, Da’Nae Sherman, Maame Obeng, Jessica Glowacki) 4:20.45; 5. McMahon (Cassidy Nash, Jocelyn Lister, Niamh Linehan, Riley Stenger) 4:22.45; 6. New Canaan (Celia Sokolowski, Ella Gibb, Riley Shipman, Tyler Toyers) 4:24.98; long jump: 1. Meilee Kry (Danbury) 17-9.25; 2. Tess Stapleton (Ludlowe) 17-9; 3. Peyton McNamara (McMahon) 17-5; 4. Giuliana Robles (Danbury) 17-2.25; 5. Chelsi Chevannes (Darien) 16-8.75; 6. Emilly Souza (Danbury) 16-4.75; shot put: 1. Celia-Ann Chikezie (Danbury) 31-6; 2. Taylor Symonette (Staples) 31-2; 3. Naomi Cimino (New Canaan) 31-1.75; 4. Margaux Brennan (New Canaan) 29-10.25; 5. Alexis Chikezie (Danbury) 29-7.75; 6. Caitlyn Filloramo (Ludlowe) 29-5.5; pole vault: 1. Laurel Blackman (Ludlowe) 9-6; 2. (tie) Anna Rava (Wilton) and Aleksandra Misiewicz (Trumbull) 9-0; 4. Maria DeSouza (Danbury) 8-9; 5. (tie) Ashley Hagander (Darien) and Sophie Reale (Ridgefield) 7-6; high jump: 1. Nia Christie (St. Joseph) 5-2; 2. Tess Stapleton (Ludlowe) J5-2; 3. (tie) Savanah Bromley (McMahon) and Chelsi Chevannes (Darien) 5-0; 5. Maria DeSouza (Danbury) J5-0; 6. McCallum Harkins (Greenwich) 4-10.

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