Greenwich High tracksters battle through heat in CIAC class LL finals

Greenwich High's Cate Wright competes in the 100-meter high hurdles during Thursday's CIAC class LL championships at Willowbrook Park.

Greenwich High’s Cate Wright competes in the 100-meter high hurdles during Thursday’s CIAC class LL championships at Willowbrook Park.

With the heat and humidity barreling down on New Britain’s Willowbrook Park, the Greenwich High School boys and girls track and field teams battled through the weather to each net top 20 performances.

The GHS boys team finished 15th overall with 17 points and were one-half of a point away from Shelton High School in 14th. Overall, New Britain won the class LL championship, finishing with 86.50 points. Staples took second with 83 points and Amity rounded out the top three with 77 points.

On the girls side, the Lady Cardinals finished the class LL championship 14th overall with 14 points, tying fellow FCIAC schools Trumbull and Danbury high schools. Norwich Free Academy won the class LL crown with 94 points, while Amity took the silver with 75 points. Glastonbury High School took third overall with 69 points and Staples grabbed fourth with 64.50 points.

For the girls, Greenwich got 10 of its 14 points in the 4×100-meter relay, as the team of senior Lindsey Noskin, junior Anna Black, freshman Anna Giannuzzi and senior Naomi Leeds dominated the field and won the event with a time of 49.11 seconds. Amity was the second place team and they crossed the finish line with a time of 49.22.

The four remaining points on the day came in the 4×800-meter relay event, as the foursome of junior Caroline Markowitz, sophomore Mia Bonnano, sophomore Daryl Kennedy and senior Kathryn Bernstein took fifth in the event with a time of 9:59.79. Shelton came up sixth and was over two seconds away from Big Red.

For the GHS boys team, senior Nick Pulitano paced Big Red by placing second overall in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.99 and was mere inches away from top finisher Zachary Andrews of New Britain, who won the event with a time of 48.68.

Sophomore Austin Longi grabbed two points in the 100-meter dash. His time of 11.24 was good enough for seventh place overall.

Pulitano and Longi also helped Greenwich net four points in the 4×100-meter relay event, as they were joined by senior Chandler LaSorsa and LJ Ambrogio and took fifth overall with a time of 43.57. Danbury took fourth in the event with a time of 43.56.

Not to be outdone was the 4×800-meter relay team, as the GHS foursome of junior Mark Jarombek, junior John Sulich, junior Spencer Helmrich and senior Daniel Wilbanks finished eighth overall with a time of 8:32.57. The Cards just inched out Simsbury, who crossed the finish line ninth with a time of 8:32.62

Senior Daniel Carr rounded out the scoring for the GHS boys track and field team by scoring seventh place overall in the triple jump with a distance of 41-04.

To see how other Greenwich High School boys and girls track and field athletes fared at the class LL championship meet, check out Thursday’s Greenwich Post.

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