Greenwich gets high marks at CIAC state open track finals

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Greenwich High School's Naomi Leeds get the baton from teammate Lindsay Noskin during the CIAC state open track finals yesterday.

Greenwich High School’s Naomi Leeds get the baton from teammate Lindsay Noskin during the CIAC state open track finals yesterday.

The Greenwich High School boys and girls indoor track teams had a very busy few days.

On Saturday, the Cards hit the road and traveled to the Floyd Little Athletic Center for competition in the  Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference class LL finals. Tonight, it was back to New Haven, as Big Red took part in the CIAC state open indoor track championships.

And at the end, Greenwich High left New Haven with their heads held high.

“When you take a look at our season, we have been able to do exactly what we wanted to do and they’ve exceeded my expectations,” Greenwich head coach Evan Dubin said. “This team made me proud.”

During the open championships, Big Red had a slew of runners fare well.

Leading the way for Greenwich were the girls in the 4×200-meter relay event. The foursome of Isabella Navarez, Anna Black, Lindsay Noskin and Naomi Leeds took second place overall, crossing the finish line with a time of 1:45.43. They were less than one-half a second behind Darien, which won the event.

“That 4×200 team fared better than I ever thought they would have,” Dubin said. “They took nearly two seconds off their best time. Taking that much time off their best in nearly unheard of. To watch that race happen was great. We finished second in the state and shattered our own school record. It was a dominating performance.”

“I think we all had a great day,” senior Naomi Leeds said. “We started well in the 4×200 and got the school record by a second-and-a-half. That was very impressive. We have the potential to run evey faster, so that’s very exciting for New Englands and Nationals.”

In the 1,600-meter sprint medley relay event, the Greenwich group of Noskin, Emily Johnson, Jenny Goggin and Kathryn Bernstein took fifth place overall with a time of 4:24.41. Big Red was exactly one-half a second away from overtaking RHAM for fourth overall.

“They were all running really well and are all really talented athletes,” Dubin said. “To see them have the competition that they were running with and hang with them was great to see. We were in the lead for a little bit. I couldn’t be prouder of the four of them.”

In the boys 1,000-meter run, GHS senior Daniel Wilbanks finished the event fifth in his heat and 13th overall, crossing the finish line with a time of 2:39.58.

“His back has been bothering him the past few weeks, so we had to alter his training so that way he could perform today,” Dubin said. “Given that we had to change what he was used to doing, I thought he ran a very smart race. He was fantastic.”

Wilbanks wasn’t finished just yet. Along with teammates Chandler Lasorsa, Robert Wilson and Louis Ambrogio, Wilbanks helped lead GHS to a ninth place finish in the 1,600-meter sprint medley relay. The foursome finished with a time of 3:47.37.

“I’ve been injured for a while, so it was hard for me to train,” Wilbanks said. “Having the class LL finals a few days before this finals was really tough on me. I didn’t think I did well today, but overall we did well. I got some good times through the season and I got a good LL time earlier.”

Although the Opens are the final race in Connecticut, Greenwich still has a few more races to attend.

On March 2, Big Red will travel up to Boston and participate in the New England Indoor Track Championships, as the girls 4×200- and 1,600-meter sprint relay teams advanced.

On March 8, Greenwich will travel to New York and participate in the National Indoor Championships at the Armony. In addition to the two relays, the girls will get a chance for redemption in the 4×400-meter relay event.

“Their season isn’t done yet,” Dubin said. “We have been running so well this year that we get the chance to continue for a little longer. We will get a chance to rest some of our injuries and hope to fare well at both New Englands and Nationals.”

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