Torrington girls blast Holy Cross and St Paul in Track and Field. Boys gain a split on Wednesday.
TORRINGTON: With weather conditions just a touch better than their first meet earlier in April that featured temperatures in the mid-30’s with rain, the Torrington girls track team gave us a glimpse of just how special they may be this year.
On Wednesday, the Raiders girls dominated with 11 first place finishes in 18 events on their way to wins over rival Holy Cross (97-53) and St Paul Catholic (122-23).
Those are some terrific numbers that were even better when you separate the field events, where Torrington took five of seven top spots, led by junior Alexa Reginatto who took the Triple Jump (31’1”) and the High Jump (4’6”).
After her Triple Jump, Reginatto could not contain her enthusiasm for her accomplishment and raced to the scoring area to let her coaches and teammates know that she had not only taken the event but also qualified for States at this early stage in the season. Great energy.
Freshman Abby McCarthy established herself early in the year by winning the 1600 (5:56.5) and the 3200 (12:55.1) while being on the winning 4 x 800 team that also featured Jenn Duran, Arianna Santos and Anna Clinkscales.
Santos, a senior, took the top spot in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:54.2.
The Raiders 4 x 100 team consisting of Cara Baker, Abigail Estefani, Amaris Goodwin and Michaela Jones added points with a win of 54.4 seconds.
Torrington received a win in the 100 High Hurdles from Riley Silva who crossed first with a time of 18.6.
Their field events continued to shine with wins from Alexia Fox in the Shot Put (32’2”), Alessandra Chiravolo in the Discus (71’1”) and Ali Pursel-Kittle in the Pole Vault (6’6”).
The Raider girls improve to 3-1 this season and if they looked this good in cold weather, how good can they be when it gets warm?
On the boy’s side, the Crusaders edged the Raiders by an 80-70 final in a meet that came down to a few of the last events. Torrington got the win over the Falcons by a 115-18 margin.
Torrington’s Billy Cook was matched up in a terrific match in the High Jump against DeAndre Wallace from Holy Cross, a battle between two of the best in the Naugatuck Valley League.
The two seniors, Cook at 6’3”, Wallace at 6’4”, fought off frigid condition that set in during the early evening finals that started at 5’6” and ended when Wallace cleared 6’1”, Cook 6’0”.
Junior Josh Maldonado won the Javelin with a throw of 143’8” while Dylan Myrie went 20 feet three inches for the win in the Long Jump.
Myrie was also a part of the Raiders winning 4 x 100 team that also featured Will Wilson, Christian Estefani and Naseem Thompson. Myrie took second to Wallace in a blistering 100- meter race that saw the Crusader senior finish at 11.1 while Myrie was on his heels at 11.4.
Thompson added an individual win in the 400-meter run with a time of 52.7.
Estefani took home the top spot in the 200-meter run with a winning mark of 23 flat.
In the final event of the day, the Raiders won the 4 x 400 behind the efforts of Estafani, Isaiah Hammonds, Jeff Alfano and Marsalius Morris.
The boy’s record stand at 1-3 after two meets.