New Canaan boys track team wins State's for first time since 1958
Published 4:38 pm, Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Last Friday in New Haven, the New Canaan boys' track team's outstanding season culminated with the Rams winning their first State championship since 1958, finishing in first place with a total of 67 points. Daniel Hand claimed second place with 54 points.
For New Canaan, the quest for the team's first state championship in over five decades began before the season did. Coach Steve Bedard indicated that he was looking forward to the 2010-11 season because he knew he had a talented team returning from the previous year.
"Every year you kind of access what you have coming back," Bedard said. "We knew we had a lot of points coming back and if certain kids improved where I thought they should improve, [winning states] was definitely a realistic possibility."
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Alex Farina, who won shot put at State's, echoed his coach's sentiment.
"It's a huge accomplishment. It's kind of surreal still, it hasn't really hit me. It's really special to be a part of something that we hadn't done in 52 years," Farina said. "Me and Rami [Hamdan] go head-to-head almost every day [in shot put]. It's always a huge competition so that really helps us get ready for meets."
Some of New Canaan's top finishes included the following:
Kevin Macari and Nick Musicco took eighth and 23rd place in the 55-meter with times of 6.89 and 7.15 seconds, respectively. Cameron Armstrong claimed third place in the 300-meter in 36.65 seconds, Alex Millisits came in 15th in 38.67 seconds and Nick Musicco came in 27th in 40.31 seconds. In the 600-meter, Alex Spinu took third place with a time of 1:24.99.
Patrick Daly won the 1,000-meter by setting the pace at 2:37.03. In the 55-meter hurdles, Paul Templeton took 11th place with a time of 8.79 seconds, Devaun Bovell took 12th in 8.81 seconds and Grayson Cordes took 23rd in 9.32 seconds.
In pole vault, Cameron Armstrong took 4th place at 11 feet, 6 inches and Nelson Conover took 6th at 11 feet. In long jump, Macari took 22nd at 15 feet, 1 inch. Alex Farina won shot put at 51 feet, 3.25 inches and Rami Hamdan took 4th at 45 feet.
The team of Henson Orser, Isaiah Maisonette, Spinu and Patrick Daly won the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:34.17. In the 4x200 relay, the team of Duke Repko, Willie Gould, Joe Costigan and Cameron Armstrong came in 7th place with a time of 1:38.76. In the 4x800 relay, Taylor Parsons, Kalan Lysenko, Henson Orser and Brant Hoffman took second place with a time of 8:24.06. In the spring medley relay, Duke Repko, Costigan, Gould and Spinu took second place with a time of 3:45.54.
The strong showing was enough to garner 67 points for the Rams, 13 points in front of second place Daniel Hand, and the celebration was on.
"We were all ecstatic," Daly said. "We were all cheering and jumping around, and we got to hold up the trophy real high on our victory lap."
Daly will be back for the outdoor track season, and even though the Rams will lose some players to other spring sports, he's confident that his team will remain successful.
"We're going to lose some lacrosse players and a few baseball players, but our distance team will still be there, and we'll gain some other guys," Daly said. "We'll definitely have a strong outdoor season and hopefully we'll win another State title."