Greenwich High School girls, boys track teams gain top five finishes at FCIACs

Members of the Greenwich High School 4x100-meter relay team grab the early lead during Tuesday's FCIAC championship meet.

Members of the Greenwich High School 4×100-meter relay team grab the early lead during Tuesday’s FCIAC championship meet.

UPDATED: Thursday, May 23, 2013: The Greenwich High School boys and girls outdoor track and field teams had a meet to remember, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Competing in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship meet at Danbury High School, both the boys and girls head coaches had nothing to complain about.

With a team loaded with depth for the first time in quite awhile, the Greenwich High boys track team finished FCIACs fifth overall with 53 points, three points better than sixth-place Norwalk High School. Staples won the championship with 128 points, followed by Danbury taking second with 97 points. Ridgefield netted the bronze with 90 points and Darien finished fourth in 64 points.

“When you look at the teams ahead of us, they are the team that are usually at the top,” Greenwich boys head coach Tom Aderle said. “We had some great performances today. We have people competing in almost every event, which is something that usually doesn’t happen for the boys team. We did beyond my expectations and I am very happy for them and the Greenwich program.”

On the girls side, the Lady Cardinals had another stellar outing, finishing FCIACs fourth overall with 59.50 points, over six points better than fifth place Danbury High School. The Staples’ girls team also won the FCIAC finals, netting 100.50 points, while Darien took second with 96.50 points. Ridgefield captured the bronze and grabbed 91 points.

“In my eight years working track and field at Greenwich High School, this is by far the deepest team that we ever had,” GHS girls head coach Evan Dubin said. “For the first time in my career here, we were able to place someone in every single event at the FCIAC meet, which is huge. To have that hurdle covered is a nice aspect. Where we expected to do well, we did really well today.”

Both the boys and girls team excelled in the relay events. In the 4×100-meter relay events, the GHS girls team of Lindsey Noskin, Anna Black, Anna Giannuzzi and Naomi Leeds captured the gold with a time of 49.54 seconds.

Greenwich High's Anna Black hands the baton to Naomi Leeds during competition in the 4x100-meter relay event.

Greenwich High’s Anna Black hands the baton to Naomi Leeds during competition in the 4×100-meter relay event.

“This is the first time that the girls team had someone in every event and that showed the depth of this team,” Noskin said. “Both our relays did really well and that’s something we are really proud of. Having a lot of heart is something that’s been driving us all season and this team races every event until the very end.”

Not to be outdone was the GHS boys foursome of Chandler Lasorsa, Nick Pulitano, Louis Ambrogio and Austin Longi, as they captured the silver in the 4×100-meter relay with a time of 43.58.

The Greenwich boys and girls 4×400-meter relay team also took the top two spots in their respective events.

On the boys side, the foursome of Pulitano, Ambrogio, Stephan Decarlo and Paul Quiroga avoided a crash that took out the Trumbull and Danbury relay teams and finished second overall with a time of 3:27.04.

“We did really well today, especially in all the relays,” Pulitano said. “We got the silver in the 4×400 and that was great to accomplish. Overall it was a great day and we came out pretty high in the standings.”

For the girls, no one was better than the team of Isabella Narvaez, Kathryn Bernstein, Black and Leeds, as the Greenwich High foursome smoked the competition and came away with a gold medal time of 4:02.19.

“Today, everybody’s heart was 100% into this FCIAC championship meet,” Leeds said. “Everyone was passionate about every race and we were all cheering each other on from the sideline. We wanted everybody’s best performance here because it sets the tone for the rest of the championship season. I am proud of every single member of the team.”

Both Greenwich boys and girls also had two strong 4×800-meter relay events. The boys team of John Sulich, Spencer Helmrich, Mark Jarombek and Wilbank took home sixth overall with a time of 8:29.63. The girls did one better, as the foursome of Markowitz, Mia Bonanno, McMahon and Daryl Kennedy grabbed the fifth spot with a time of 10:09.58

In addition to the relay events, Big Red had top finishers in a bunch of events.

Although Pulitano competed in two relay events, he also excelled in the boys 400-meter run, as he took second place overall with a time of 49.25. Also joining Pulitano with a silver was Longi in the boys 100-meter dash, as he crossed the finish line with a blistering time of 11.12.

Competing in the 200-meter dash, the duo of Longi and Ambrogio also netted top 15 finishes. Ambrigio got a point for GHS by crossing the finish line with a time of 23.37. Not to be outdone was Longi, who netted a 12th place time of 24.17.

In the faster events, the GHS girls had a few athletes medal as well. Leading the way was Noskin in the 100-meter dash, as she took fifth place overall with a time of 13.18 seconds. Joining Noskin on the medal stand was Black in the 200-meter dash, as she placed fourth overall with a time of 26.37. Noskin also competed in the same event and took ninth (27.00).

During the 300-meter dash, Greenwich was paced by Cate Wright, who crossed the finish line 7th overall with a time of 48.86. The Lady Cards also had two top 10 finishers in another fast race, the 400-meter run. Katerine McCaffery tied Norwalk High School and finished seventh in the event with a time of 1:02.47. Right behind her was Caroline Markowitz, who took home ninth with a time of 1:02.80.

Also finishing ninth in her event was Kathryn Bernstein. Taking to the track in the 800-meter run, Bernstein grabbed a time of 2:24.32.

“I ran the 800 before and I was a little disappointed with my time,” Bernstein said. “It was still a good time, but I was trying to get a little faster,” Bernstein said. “I was very happy with how the 4×400-meter relay turned out. I think we all proved that we are a good team and showed what we are all about. The entire team did really well. We got points where nobody expected us to and it was really exciting for all of us.”

Also competing in the 800-meter run for the GHS boys team was Daniel Wilbanks, who took 11th overall with a time of 2:05.79.

In the girls 1,600-meter run, Greenwich had top runners with solid performances. Emma Montgomery took home 12th in the event with a time of 5:41.75. Not far behind was Victoria McMahon, who netted a time of 5:47.02, which was good enough for 15th place.

Although Greenwich was solid in the track events, both boys and girls teams had plenty of success in the field events.

The Greenwich foursome of Lindesey Alfano, Ellen Hebrand, Sarah Cicchetti and Dan Carr paced the boys and girls teams in the field events.

In the girls discus throw, Cicchetti, a newcomer to the sport, has been improving her game all season. At Tuesday’s FCIAC finals, she threw a distance of 100-07 feet, good enough for first place in the conference.

“Sarah was playing softball and decided to give track a try,” Dubin said. “Boy, am I happy for that. Every week, as she’s learning the technique and getting more comfortable, she’s getting better and better. Each meet she was throwing further and today she really got a hold of one and threw 100 feet. It was great to see.”

Carr also had a great day for Greenwich. Competing in the long jump, Carr, another newcomer to the track team, jumped a distance of 20-03, good enough for sixth place overall. He was joined by Decarlo, who took seventh in the event with a distance of 20-00 and James Kyle, who was right behind Decarlo in eighth (19-11 ¾).

What came as a surprise to Carr was his performance in the triple jump. Netting a personal best, Carr stunned the crowd and took home the bronze in the event with a distance of 43-04.

“My long jump performance I was pretty happy with and it was my personal best, but in the triple jump I was kind of amazed with my performance,” Carr said. “I jumped out of my mind and that was almost three feet better than my personal best. I was very happy with that. I think we did really well as a team and it’s great to help the team reach a great score.”

Hebrand and Alfano competed in two events on the day and were top 10 in each. Alfano finished with the bronze in the triple jump, netting a distance of 33-06. She also competed in the long jump and grabbed 10th overall with a distance of 15-05.  Also in competition during the long jump was Hebrand, who finished seventh overall with a distance of 15-07, however she fared much better in the high jump, taking third place with an impressive leap of 4-09.

“In my eight years working track and field at Greenwich High School, this is by far the deepest team that we ever had,” GHS girls head coach Evan Dubin said. “For the first time in my career here, we were able to place someone in every single event at the FCIAC meet, which is huge. To have that hurdle covered is a nice aspect. Where we expected to do well, we did really well today.”

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