Rocky Hill junior Chris Young finishes seventh in his heat, 30th overall, in the 100 meter dash in 11.87, just behind Gavin Maylock of East Hampton, left, and ahead of Marcus Spignesi of North Haven, right.
Strong Individual Performances on the Track at Middletown Invite
MIDDLETOWN - The Wethersfield, Cromwell, Rocky Hill and Newington outdoor track teams put forth strong individual performances at the 2013 Middletown Invitational Varsity Meet Saturday at Middletown High School, and the Wethersfield boys team walked away with a fourth place overall score in a field of more than 50 teams.

       Many of the Wethersfield boys’ top performances were in the field, and included a fifth-place pole vault of 12’6” from senior Tyler Raymond, third and fifth in the javelin from junior Whit Devaux and senior Chris Melendy at 167’10” and 157’01”, respectively, and a 10th place triple jump of 40’05.25” by senior Jalyn Campbell

       The 4X400 relay of senior Jason Difazio, freshman Troy Stegman and juniors Kyle Vonick and Connor Jones took fourth in 3:30.44. Difazio also took seventh in the 300-meter hurdles and fifth in the final of the 100-meter hurdles.

       The 4X800 relay of seniors Matt Duggan, Greg Schroeder, Marc Howes and Dan Devaux finished eighth in 8:32.67. Wethersfield’s 4X100 of seniors Theo Carbone, Campbell, Oneil Drummond and junior Connor Jones finished 11th in 45.71.

       Other top-20 finished by the Eagles included Campbell in the long jump, senior Andrew Falce in the javelin and shot put, junior Kyle Vonick and Jones in the 400 and seniors Dan Devaux and Matt Duggan in the 3,200 meters.

       On the Eagles girls team, senior Kellie Fortin pole vaulted 9’06”, good for fourth place. Junior Faith Burnett also placed 19th with a shot put of 30’.

       Senior Louis Tobias was Cromwell’s top scorer, with a second place finish in the 1,600 meters in 4:22.83 and fourth in the 800 meters in 1:59.68. Senior Liam Regula finished 17th in the same race in 2:05.11.

       The Panthers’ 4X100 relay of junior Daniel Holmes, sophomore Michael Daniels and seniors Derek Villard and Ryan Jarzavek took ninth in 45.49. Villard and Jarzavek finished 11th and 14th in the 100 meters in 11.43 and 11.54, respectively.

       Junior Erin Glynn was the top female scorer for Cromwell, with an eighth place finish in the 300 meter hurdles in 49.79, followed by junior Carly Orlacchio with her 10th place long jump of 16’02”.

       Sophomores Stephanie Hartnett in the high jump, Sydney Crute in the 400 and Nicole Faucette in the 800 and 1,600 meters each had top-20 finishes for the Panthers.

       Rocky Hill’s top performances included junior Tyler Landry’s second place discus throw of 140’6”, junior Alex Tan’s fifth place 800 finish in 1:59.92 and senior Don Proko’s sixth place 300 meter hurdles in 42.16.

       Juniors Andrew Jenkelunas in the javelin and Chris Young in the shot put also finished in the top 20 for the Terriers.

       Sophomore Briana Wilson and senior Brooke Lawlor were Rocky Hill’s only female competitors Saturday. Wilson took 10th in the 400 in 1:01.27 and Lawlor finished 19th in 1:03.83. In the 200, Wilson finished 17th in 27.25 with Lawlor a few spots behind in 23rd in 27.83.

       Newington High senior Christian Beauford’s 6’ high jump earned him fifth. The 4X400 really of seniors Troy Gagnon, Eric Ryan and Patrick Teevan and junior Kurt Swenor finished 13th in 3:40.04.

       Other top-20 performances for the Newington boys included senior Eric Ryan in the 200 and Swenor in the javelin.

       Junior Laura Buonocore earned all of the lady Indians’ 7.33 points with an 8’06” ninth place pole vault. Buonocore finished 20th in the 300 meter hurdles in 52.76, followed by teammate Jasmine Gallup in 29th in 54.79.

       Junior Wilmarie Rodriguez in the triple jump and 200, junior Ashleigh Beauford in the 1,600, seniors Lauren Zadzilko in the 400 and high jump and senior Audrey Orwa in the discus also competed for Newington.