Girls relay, Brown set school records at track Open

A pair of school records fell on Monday as the Wilton High outdoor track and field teams competed at the State Open championship meet in New Britain.

The girls 4x800-meter relay of Alex Fiesel, Sarah Healy, Annika Sheehan and Alosha Southern finished third in a new Wilton High record time of 9:21.63.

The previous mark of 9:26.35 was set in 2009 by Cailey Fiesel, Julia Broach, Brynn Hansson and Celeste Hoelzl.

“It was pretty significant on a number of levels,” said Wilton head coach Jeff Gee. “They broke the record by almost five seconds, and Sarah (Healy), Annika (Sheehan) and Alosha (Southern) all had personal-bests (for their 800-meter legs).

“We had won the 4x800 at the FCIAC and Class L meets by such large margins that it was nice to be in a closer race with good competition,” added Gee. "That helped them run faster."

New Milford was first in 9:27.66 and Glastonbury second in 9:20.83.

The other school record to fall came in the boys 1,600-meter race, as Wilton junior Spencer Brown had a time of 4:18.26 to top Peter Anastasio’s previous program best, which was set in 1991.

“It was a fast race,” said Gee. “There were a lot of big kicks at the end.”

Staples’ Henry Wynne won the event in a time of 4:13.82.

Notes: The Wilton girls tied for 32nd in the team standings with six points, while the Wilton boys tied for 49th with three points. The girls 4x800 relay and Brown accounted for all of the Warriors’ points.

By placing in the top six, the girls 4x800 relay and Brown qualified for this Saturday’s New England championships.

The top-eight finishers in each event scored points.

Sacha Gilles, Matt Caswell, Travis Taylor and Brown were 21st for Wilton in the boys 4x400 relay (3:29.80), and Caswell, Spencer Taylor, Travis Taylor and John Prinner placed 15th in the boys 4x800 relay (8:19.96).