Greenwich boys, girls track and field teams fare well at FCIACs

Greenwich High's Spencer Helmrich darts ahead of the competition during Tuesday afternoon's FCIAC championship meet. — Paul Silverfarb photo

Greenwich High’s Spencer Helmrich darts ahead of the competition during Tuesday afternoon’s FCIAC championship meet. — Paul Silverfarb photo

The Greenwich High School boys and girls track and field teams did their best not to let the warm and humid afternoon at Danbury High School deter them during the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship meet.

However in the end, it was Mother Nature that got the best of the Cardinals and all the other teams competing for FCIAC gold on Tuesday, as the meet was postponed due to lightning in the area.

The meet is scheduled to resume at the home of the Hatters Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

“Our team is doing really well so far,” GHS senior Jenny Goggin said. “Our 4×800 relay team did its best time by 10 seconds, so we are excited about that. Everybody, both boys and girls teams, is doing really well. A lot of people are stepping up to the plate and doing well.”

Despite the weather issues, both the GHS boys and girls had some stellar performances during the finals.

“I think this team really stepped up and played well,” GHS girls head coach Evan Dubin said. “Every week we hope to do better and better and today was no different. We had a lot of season bests and personal best, so it was a good day.”

Sarah Cicchetti dominated the competition during the girls shot put, as the GHS senior took home the gold with a distance of 36-03 1/2, nearly five feet better than St. Joe’s Andrea Galeano’s second place distance.

“I felt pretty good going into shot put,” Cicchetti said. “Everybody at FCIACs is really close together, so I knew a lot of the girls and how good they are. It was cool competing with everybody. I didn’t throw my best today, but I still did well. I started shot put recently, so this is wonderful. I’ve worked so hard, every day to get to this point. Now that I’m here, it’s a wonderful feeling.”

Not bad for a person who started working at the shot put a little over six months ago.

“She’s been dominant in the throwing events all season,” Dubin said. “Hopefully she will defend her discus title when we resume things tomorrow. She’s in first right now with only one throw remaining. Being able to pick up the shot and progress well in that is amazing. She’s proving to be the class of the FCIAC when it comes to throwing events.”

A standout performance in the field events for the GHS girls team came from Erika Hvolbeck, as she finished sixth in the long jump with a distance of 15-07. Teammate Lindsay Alfano placed 12th in the event, posting a distance of 14-11.

Not to be outdone was Anna Black, as she was strong in the 400-meter dash, posting a time of 59.78 and that was good enough for fifth place.

“Anna had a concussion and was out for three weeks, so for her to come back and get a fifth place is a great accomplishment,” Dubin said. “In her first 400 since coming back, she was able to break 60 seconds today and that was a personal best record for her.”

Joining Black in the 400-meter dash was Caroline Frey, who took eighth on the day with a time of 1:00.39. Isabella Pehrson grabbed 15th overall with a time of 1:03.67.

Big Red’s Goggin was stellar in the 800-meter run, finishing sixth overall with a time of 2:20.79.

“I think I did well,” Goggin said. “I always want to do better, so hopefully next week I can to that. I would just love to break 2:20 and I think I can do that. That has been a goal of mine.”

In the girls high jump, Samantha Schecter took home ninth overall with a height of 4-08, while the duo of Greenwich’s Hvolbeck and Natalia Hartwell finished 12th (7-06) and 16th (7-00), respectively.

Another sixth place finish came from Emily Wu, as the GHS freshman posted a sixth place time of 16.66 in the 100-meter hurdles event.

When it comes to the relay events, the Lady Cardinals fared well. Competing in the 4×800-meter relay, the GHS group of Tori McMachan, Mia Bonanno, Daryl Kennedy and Goggin finished with the bronze and a time of 9:38.01.

In the 4×100-meter relay, the foursome of Callie Doyle, Treloara Harrisson, Anna Giannuzzi and Lindsey Giannuzzi took fifth overall with a time of 51.07 and edged out Fairfield Ludlowe, who took sixth with a time of 51.15.

“I’m hoping we gained some confidence,” Dubin said. “We go into a big meet setting to be able to do our best. I don’t care where we compete. I want them to do their best and just focus on the stopwatch or tape measure, not everything else that goes on at a big meet. Most of the girls here are young, so I want them to build off of this and gain experience.”

Despite a plethora of injuries that have plagued the Greenwich High School boys track team, head coach Tom Aberle is proud of the way his team didn’t let up and fought for its points at FCIAC.

Greenwich High girls pole vaulter Erika Hvolbeck charges towards bar during Tuesday afternoon’s FCIAC championship meet at Danbury High School. — Paul Silverfarb photo

Greenwich High girls pole vaulter Erika Hvolbeck charges towards bar during Tuesday afternoon’s FCIAC championship meet at Danbury High School. — Paul Silverfarb photo

“I have had lot of injuries over the past few weeks that killed us,” Aberle said. “I didn’t have my best long jumper and my best quarter-mile runner was also injured. Austin Longi was great today, but he was racing injured. My 4×100-meter team was missing its top two guys. Despite all that, I thought we had some really good events. Thomas Chessman tied a school record in the pole vault and had a lot of personal bests.”

On the boys side, no one was better than Austin Longi and Thomas Chessman.

Competing in the 100-meter dash, Longi  took home the bronze with a time of 11.23 and was mere inches away from second, however Devonte Clarke took second with a time of 11.21.

In the pole vault, Thomas Chessman took home the bronze with at height of 13-00.

Competing in the javelin throw, Greenwich High had two competitors in the top 10. Oliver Bird finished eighth overall with a distance of 143-00, while Ian Brown took home ninth overall with a time of 141-02.  Teammate Taylor Moore finished 14th overall (133-05).

In the 1,600-meter run, Greenwich’s Andy Kates finished 10th on the day and grabbed a time of 4:32.51.

Not to be outdone was Justin Fragella in the boys triple jump, as the Cardinal finished eighth overall with a distance of 39-08 ½.

In the relays, Big Red was able to get a bunch of quality finishes. Leading the way was the 4×100-meter relay team, as the foursome of Michael Giansello, Chandler Lasorsa, Ryan Pasquali and Longi took home fourth overall with a time of 44.80.

Also finishing fourth was the 4×800-meter relay team, as Greenwich’s Sebastian Oe, Mark Jarombek, Spencer Helmrich and Sean Clarke netted a time of 8:20.60 and were over 10 seconds faster than Ridgefield’s fifth place team.

“Luckily for us we are right back here next week in Danbury for the class LL championships and I am looking for more improved finishes,” Aberle said. “We are going to have a smaller team going there, but I still think we can make some serious noise at the class LL meet. You never can tell.”

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