Greenwich High girls track & field team stuns Danbury 80-64

All streaks are meant to be broken and Greenwich High School girls track and field head coach Evan Dubin has been believing that for years.

Now his patience and determination has the girls track team reaching a new height, as they upended perennial powers Danbury High School for the first time in school history Monday afternoon, coming away with the 80-64 victory.

“I’m thrilled,” Dubin said. “This is the kind of meet that we circle on the calendar and look at. Danbury has had a lot of success over the years and we were hoping to play our best and come out with a victory. We did exactly that and I couldn’t be more proud of these girls.”

There were many keys to Greenwich’s victory against Danbury High School. With the Hatters being so strong in the sprinting events, Big Red was able to shock Danbury in the 800-meter run.

Jennifer Goggin won the event, posting a time of 2:21.80, while teammate Daryl Kennedy finished with the bronze and a time of 2:28.70. Not to be outdone was Mia Bonnano, who took home third place with a time of 2:29.50.

“The 800-meter run we went top three and got 9 points,” Dubin said. “We knew going into the meet that Danbury had great sprinters, so we weren’t expecting to go top three in the 800.”

Helping Greenwich in the field events was Sarah Cicchetti, who took home top honors in the discus throw with a distance of 105-04. She also grabbed gold in the shot put, throwing a distance of 36-10.

Erika Hvolbeck also had a meet to remember. In her first time competing in the long jump, the GHS athlete made it count, taking first place overall with a distance of 15-03 ¼ and beat out teammate Margot DeRiemer, who finished second with a distance of 14-06 ¾.

Hvolbeck also took second in the pole vault, leaping to a height of 6-06. In addition, she finished third in the discus throw, netting a distance of 58-08. In the pole vault, Greenwich’s Natalia Hartwell won the event, posting a height of 7-00.

Another winner for Greenwich High in the field events was Lindsay Alfano, as she struck gold in the triple jump with a height of 31-10 ¼.

While the field events were dominated by Big Red, it was the 3,200-meter run that gave Dubin that feeling his group of Cardinals were mere inches away from the victory against Danbury.

Heading to the starting line for the two-mile race, only three athletes were competing. And they were all from Greenwich High.

“It really hit home when we got to the 3,200-meter run when we had three girls and they were the only competitors in the event. To know that, just like that, we earned nine points was great. Knowing we were getting nine points and Danbury wasn’t even fighting for any of them, was certainly going to help our cause.”

At the end of the 3,200-meter run, Sarah Rodriguez took first overall with a time of 13:52.10, while Emma Herdt netted second with a time of 16:19.30. Taking the bronze was Julia Marache, who posted a time of 16:29.20.

Dubin said the Cardinals are going hopefully going to ride the momentum of the victory to the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship meet, which will take place the day after Memorial Day at Danbury High School.

“We need to keep the momentum going,” Dubin said. “The great aspect of this team is that we are so young. We have seniors that contribute to the team, but we have so many sophomores and juniors that are also key contributors. When the senior class leaves, we are still going to be quite strong.  However we will still miss the seniors greatly. The experience the younger athletes are getting is only going to help us in the future and to get ready for FCIACs and States.”

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