Track: McCormick runs to victory at State Open (updated)
Morgan McCormick added to her already impressive list of titles with a victory in the 3200 meters at Monday’s State Open track and field championships at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.
The Wilton junior lowered her season-best time by about four and half seconds with a 10:56.49, for a three-second win over runner-up Bridgid Selfors of Mercy.
Last fall, McCormick won FCIAC, Class L and State Open titles in cross country, and now has repeated that trifecta in the 3200 meters in winter track — something only a couple of Wilton runners have ever accomplished in the indoor season.
It was the fourth straight race in which she’s set a new school record in the event. She initially broke the record of 11:17, set by Liz Watson in 1992, at the FCIAC East Division championships in late January, with a time of 11:08.
Since then, she’s run 11:04 at the FCIAC championships, 11:00 at the Class L championships, and 10:56 at the State Open.
“It’s a pretty impressive series of races to string together. She’s just continually improving,” said coach Jeff Gee. “She’s running very well. The last couple of meets she ran the 4x800 for us and has improved her times there each time.”
In Monday’s 3200 race, a pack of five runners went out fast and held a 10-yard lead over the second group, which included McCormick. But they couldn’t pull away.
“She finally caught up with them at about a mile and ran with them for four laps, and then the pace slowed down and she just took off and built a big lead,” said Gee. “When she took off, nobody moved in an attempt to chase her.”
McCormick accounted for all 10 Wilton points, as the Warriors finished tied for 11th.
The Wilton boys team tied for 37th with two points, thanks to a fifth-place finish in the 1600 by Aaron Breene, with a season-best 4:33.94.
Also competing at the Open was Chris Colbert, who placed eighth in 300 meters with a season-best 36.74.
McCormick and Breene both qualified for the New England championship on March 4 in Boston, Mass., and Colbert also earned a spot at New Englands when a couple of runners who had qualified opted to not compete.
Wilton’s best finish in the relays came in the girls 4x800, as the team of Lily Kealy, McCormick, Nina Mellin and Elizabeth Healy placed 11th in 10:03.71.
The Warriors were 17th the 4x200 relay (1:5459) with the team of Andreen Reid, Tatum Kelly, Anna Sherman and Ashley Vitarelli; and 17th in the 4x400 relay (4:19.09) with the team of Bianca Reuter, Meri Santomero, Healy and Julia Vitarelli.