Track: Breene is Class L champ at 800 meters
Going into Tuesday’s Class L championships at Middletown High School, Wilton’s Aaron Breene was the clear favorite to win the boys 1600 meters — but opted not to run the event due to the heat and illness.
The junior standout didn’t the meet leave empty-handed, however, as he blazed to victory in the 800 meters for Wilton’s only state title of the day.
Breene held off a pack of runners down the stretch to win in a time of 1:57.11 — a season-best by more than two seconds.
Ian Bartlett of Fairfield Ludlowe took second, just six-tenths of a second behind, and three other runners were within 1.5 seconds, too.
“He took the lead with about 300 meters to go. It looked like the other guys might come back on him but he was very strong over the last 80 meters and pulled away,” said WHS coach Jeff Gee.
Breene has also been scheduled to run the 1600 meters, but he wasn’t feeling well, and with temperatures reaching into the 90s, opted to run only one event.
“I’m sure he would have won 1600,” said Gee.
The Wilton girls’ top performance was turned in by sophomore Morgan McCormick, who placed third in the 3200 meters with a personal record of 11:15.99.
The Wilton girls finished 13th at the Class L meet with 19.25 points, while the boys team placed 15th with 15 points
The other points scorer for the Wilton boys was senior Justin Hoelzl, who was fourth in the 3200 meters with season-best 9:43.59.
For the girls, senior Mary Lynch was fifth in the 3200 in a time of 11:27.14, a season-best by about 44 seconds.
Wilton also finished third in the 4x800 relay in 9:46.79 with the foursome of junior Elizabeth Healy (2:25), junior Nina Mellin (2:26), freshman Emily Welch (2:25), and Lynch (2:28).
Junior Alex Uriarte continued her late-season improvement by placing sixth in the triple jump with a PR of 34’1.5”, earning three points for her team. She missed a top-five finish, and qualifying for the State Open, by a half an inch.
Since qualifying for FCIACs with a leap of 39’2”, Uriarte improved to 32’2.5” at FCIACs, 32’8” at the recent Danbury Dream Invitational meet, and over 34 feet on Tuesday.
Meri Santomero added a quarter point to Wilton’s total by tying for eighth in the high jump with an effort of 4’8”.
Wilton has qualified four individuals for next Monday’s State Open at Willowbrook Park in New Britain. For the girls, McCormick and Lynch will run the 3200, while on the boys side Breene will run the 800 and Hoelzl the 3200. Also qualified for the Open is the girls 4x800 relay.
Four other girls competed in individually at Tuesday’s Class L meet.
Brady Faria placed 16th in the shot put (30’8.75”), while Covadonga Perez Pelaez was 18th in the shot put (30’0”) and 26th in the discus (76’7”).
Welch finished 17th in 3200 (12:23.22) and Andreen Reid was 28th in long jump (13’9.5”).
The Wilton girls also took 11th in the 4x400 relay in 4:16.28 with the team of Healy, Mellin, Lily Kealy and Julia Vittarelli. In the 4x100, the team of Reid, Kealy, Tatum Kelly and Vitarelli finished 20th (53.47).
Notes: Three Warriors also competed at the Danbury Dream Invitational last Thursday at Danbury High School, which allows athletes the chance to tune up for the class meets.
Hoelzl finished second in the two miles in a time of 9:35.24 that set a new Wilton record when converted to 3200 meters.
Breene was seventh in the mile in a time of 4:16.69.