Greenwich boys, girls fare well at FCIAC track championships

The Greenwich High School boys and girls track teams finish the FCIAC championship meet strong. — Dave Stewart photo

The Greenwich High School boys and girls track teams finish the FCIAC championship meet strong. — Dave Stewart photo

The Greenwich High School boys and girls track teams had some impressive times and quality finishes during Thursday night’s FCIAC championship meet in New Haven.

The Lady Cardinals finished the FCIAC finals an impressive fourth overall, netting 54 points and were just two points away from Danbury High School for third place. Staples High School won the FCIAC gold by grabbing 92.50 points, while Ridgefield finished the event second with 74 points.

On the boys side, GHS ended the night tied with Westhill High School for sixth overall with 22 points. Danbury dominated the competition and took home the FCIAC hardware with 104 points. Ridgefield and Staples both finished with the silver and tied with 77 points, while Darien ended the night fourth with 57 points. Brien McMahon rounded out the top five with 25 points.

Greenwich was led by a plethora of athletes. In the girls shot put, senior Sarah Cicchetti cruised to a victory in her event, throwing a distance of 39-03. St. Joe’s Andrea Galeano was second and just under five inches away from Cicchetti’s mark.

The Lady Cardinals kept the good times rolling in the 4×800-meter relay event, as Daryl Kennedy, Jenny Goggin, Sabrina Thurber and Amy Wye captured gold in the event and posted a time of 9:50.94, just under four seconds faster than the team from Wilton.

Another relay and another gold for Big Red, as the foursome of Goggin, Caroline Frey, Katherine Doyle and Anna Giannuzzi finished tops in the girls 1,600-meter sprint medley relay, posting a time of 4:24.11. The Hatters were on Greenwich’s heels, but took second with a time of 4:25.34.

In the team’s third relay event, the Greenwich girls had a top five finish. The foursome of Maggie O’Gorman, Emily Phillippides, Giannuzzi and Emma Slagle crossed the finish line fourth on the night, posting a time of 1:53.02.

On the boys relay, the team of Sean Clarke, Sebastian Oe, Andrew Kates and Paul Quiroga competed in the 4×400-meter relay event and took home the silver and a time of 8:24.58. They were just over three seconds away from Danbury and the top spot.

Another boys relay team grabbing points for Big Red was the 4×200-meter relay, as the team of Anthony Ferraro, Ryan King, Edward Larkin and Michael Giansello finished sixth overall, scoring a time of 1:37.97.

Individually, Greenwich boys and girls had a bunch of strong finishes as well. In the high jump, Anna Piper took home the bronze in the high jump, leaping to a height of 4-10. Also taking third on the night was Thomas Chessman in the boys pole vault, as he connected on a height of 12-06.

Paul Quiroga had a stellar outing in the boys 600-meter run, as he took home fourth overall and four points with a time of 1:26.02.

During the quickest event of the day, the 55-meter dash, Greenwich’s Austin Longi grabbed fifth overall, posting a time of 6.73 seconds.

In the boys shot put, John Weigold took home one point and sixth overall with a distance of 41-03 1/2, while the duo of Claire Ludington and Kennedy competed in the girls 1,000-meter run and finished with times of 3:21.21 and 3:22.13, respectively.

In the girls long jump, GHS had two finishers in the top five. Doyle a junior, took fourth in the event with a distance of 15-04 1/2, while Lindsay Alfano was a spot away in fifth and had a distance of 15-02 1/4.

Both the boys and girls track teams will return to New Haven on Feb. 14 when the compete in the CIAC class LL championship meet.

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