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Torrington Varsity Alumni Club Track and Field Challenge a resounding success.

POSTED May 15, 2016
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: It’s an event that you can tell is going to continue to grow as word gets out about just what it brings to the track and field seasons of both local league, the Naugatuck Valley and Berkshire.

On Saturday, 15 teams, boys and girls, competed in the Second Annual Torrington Varsity Alumni Club Track and Field Challenge at the Robert H. Frost Complex at Torrington High School.

The VAC is one of the strongest organizations dedicated to giving back to the students of THS through yearly scholarships but they also know how to throw a party.

You see the usual suspects at all these events, led by Paul O’Heron, Mario Longobucco, Ed Arum, Paul Denza, Mike McKenna, Mike Fritch Sr, Mike Tyler and a boatload of others who volunteer their time to make their events go off smooth.

The Raider 5K Road Race is on deck.

Eight teams from the NVL participated and when it was over, the Naugatuck boy’s took home the top prize, followed by Northwest Regional and Nonnewaug from the BL, which sent seven squads.

On the girls’ side, Nonnewaug made it a great day for the team from Woodbury as they ran past BL rival Northwestern and NVL power Holy Cross.

The event fits nicely between the end of the regular season, which for host Torrington was on May 10 and the NVL Trials on May 24.

For the home standing Raiders, Alexia Fox brought home their lone first place finish in the Shot Put with a distance of 33’6” but numerous Torrington athletes had strong days.

Dylan Myrie placed second in the long jump (20’, 6.5 “) and was part of the 4x 100 team that took second behind Wilby who got the top spot in the 100 meters and 200 meter run thanks to Raymond Anthony who took both events.

Anthony was also part of the 4x100 team.

Raider Sophomore Dom Phengkaen had a strong day in the 100 meters where he placed second and the 200 where he medaled with a third place finish.

Newton Frias was part of the Raiders second place 4x100 team and took home hardware thanks to a third place finish in the 400 meter run.

Torrington placed 4th overall on the men’s side while the women finished in seventh place overall.

The Chiefs piled up the points on the girls side with six, second place finishes and a win by Mae Mathews in the discus.

On the boys’ side, the Naugatuck Greyhounds won the team competition with top finishes by Aren Seeger in the 400 meters, an 800 meter win from Mark Zamani and a Triple Jump win by Fejiro Onakpoma.

A second and three third place finishes were enough to give the Greyhounds the overall win.

All in all, a fantastic day to show off the marvelous turf and track at Torrington High School while watching some of the best athletes in this part of the state go head to head.

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