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Indoor track: Quinlan leads Wilton at FCIACs

Shannon Quinlan crosses the finish line at Zeoli Fieldhouse during the FCIAC East Division championships last week. (Fred Gaston)

Shannon Quinlan won two events, broke a 29-year-old school record, and tied another school record to lead the Wilton High girls indoor track and field team to a fourth-place finish at the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championships, held on Thursday at Hillhouse High School in New Haven.

The junior won the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.46 and took first in the 300-meter dash with a time of 41.04.

In the 300, she broke Julie Ring’s school record of 42.7, dating back to 1984. In the 55 meters, she tied the school record of 7.46, set by Brynn Parsons in 2009.

“Those were excellent times,” said Wilton coach Jeff Gee of Quinlan’s performance. “She ran well last week at the divisional meet. I had a feeling when she got on Hillhouse’s fast track her times would improve — but not as much as they did. She’s been making progress, but that was a big leap.”

In addition to the 20 points scored by Quinlan, the Warriors scored another 18 points in the relays, with two third-place finishes, a fourth and a fifth.

In the 4×800 relay, the team of Kailey Troller, Keiley Gaston, Madison Peraino and Alosha Southern was third in a time of 10:15.13, while in the sprint medley relay, the foursome of Julie Kobyra, Jillian Lauricella, Peraino and Alex Fiesel was third in a time of 4:32.59.

The team of Sarah Healy, Southern, Peraino and Laine Parsons was fourth in the 4×400 (4:15.74), and the team of Quinlan, Kobyra, Lauricella and Parsons was fifth in the 4×200 (1:51.00).

Four other runners added to the Warriors’ point total by placing in the top six.

Parsons was fifth in the 600 meters (1:42.76), Healy was fifth in the 1600 meters (5:25.07) and Katie Ward tied for fifth in the high jump (4’10”). Fiesel was sixth in the 1000 meters (3:11.35).

Keiley Gaston finished tenth in the 3200 meters (12:30.9), Southern placed 13th in the 1600 meters (5:46.5), and Kobyra was 11th in the 55 meters (7.85).

In the 55-meter hurdles, Ward finished 11th (10.13) and Lindsey Lauricella was 13th (10.27).

In the field events, Bianca Socci placed eighth in the shot put (27’ 5.25”) and Meg Hemmerle took 11th in the pole vault (7’6”).

The Darien girls won the FCIAC title in convincing fashion with 116 points, with Ridgefield a distance second with 50 points. Staples (48), Wilton (44.5) and Greenwich (44) rounded out the top five.

The WHS boys finished 11th at the FCIAC meet with 12 points, one fewer than 10th-place Westhill.

Hunter Shipp accounted for eight of those points by placing second in the shot put with a heave of 45’ 7”, a season-best effort by more than two feet.

Wilton’s other four points were from Matt Caswell, who placed fourth in the 600 meters with a time of 1:26.44 — a season-best by nearly five seconds.

In the 55 meters, Marco Agudo took 13th (7.11) and Michael Contino was 14th (7.13).

Travis Taylor placed 12th in the 600 meters (1:32.59).

In the 1000 meters, Spencer Taylor finished tenth (2:51.21), Kristian Langholm was 36th (3:03.16) and Peter Hermann was 37th (3:03.93).

Ian Nanez was 18th in the 55-meter hurdles (10.17), and tied for 15th in the high jump with Eric Tuin, both with jumps of 5’4”.

In the shot put, Wesley Cutler was 13th (38’ 8.25”), Charles Jankowski was 14th (38’ 4.25”) and Marc Padovan was 17th (38’0”).

Staples won the boys title with 104.33 points.

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