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Torrington Varsity Alumni Invitational gets meet in despite weather on Saturday.

POSTED May 16, 2017
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: The Third Annual Torrington Varsity Alumni Club Track Invitational was being threatened by a weather forecast that was less than optimistic.

Heavy rain and wind where forecast for some time Saturday and running, throwing and jumping during a 13-team track meet wouldn’t have been anyone’s idea of a good time if the rains came in heavy.

Trying to get in a full Track and Field event takes time and time seemed to be the one thing the VAC didn’t have, but thanks to an earlier start time and a weather event that didn’t really get rolling until very late in the meet, the day was a success.

The Varsity Alumni Club is one of the strongest groups whose mission it is to support Torrington athletics and the Invitational is one of those events that is becoming a staple in the area.

Naugatuck Valley and Berkshire League schools from Winsted to Waterbury took part in this cross over event that is a good test for the participants before they make their away into league tournaments and the states.

On the girl’s side, the Nonnewaug Chief’s (154) dominated this day and took home the team title by taking the top spots in both the 200 and 1600- meter individual events.

The Woodbury school also took first in the Triple Jump, the Long Jump, the 4 x 800 relay and the 100 Hurdles.

Watertown was next at 98 points while Northwestern (96), Thomaston (72) and host Torrington (57) rounded out the top five.

Torrington sprinter Aubry Toribio took first in the 100 meter with a time of 13.68 seconds while Alexia Fox won the Shot Put with a throw of 32 feet, nine inches.

For the boys, the Naugatuck Greyhounds (111.75) edged NVL rival Sacred Heart (105.25) while Northwestern (91.25), Torrington (70.50) and Watertown (69) made up the top five.

The Raider boys 4 x100 team took home the top prize with a time of 45:12.

As usual, the folks that make up the VAC were on site, cooking for the crowd and making sure an event, that looked like it may never happen, went off as well as it always does.


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