Danbury boys dominate FCIAC track championships
By Richard GregoryPublished
NEW HAVEN — There was just no stopping the Danbury High School boys indoor track and field team on its quest to win its fourth consecutive FCIAC championship.
The Hatters won the opening event at the conference championship meet Thursday night at the Floyd Little Athletic Center, they won the final event of the evening, and in between was five hours of sheer dominance.
Danbury won with 130 points, followed by Staples in second with 71.5, Trumbull in third with 48, Ridgefield in fourth with 46.5 and New Canaan in fifth with 42.
“I’m excited, and I know my team is excited, because we just wanted to come in and show all the teams what we’re capable of and how hard we’ve been working all year,” said Danbury senior Terrell Cunningham. “I know we made all of our parents proud and our coach proud.”
The Hatter boys opened the meet with back-to-back wins in the 4x200 and 4x800 relays. The team of Aaron Agosto, Malachius Lorick, Sean-Michael Parkinson and Edmond Olivacce won the 4x200 in 1:32.84, less than one second ahead of Ridgefield’s contingent. The Danbury team of Christopher Leone, Christian Moraes, Bradley Fox and Pedro Pereira won in 8:20.35, nearly three seconds ahead of the Staples foursome. The Hatters took the lead on Pereira’s anchor leg.
Danbury later won the 1,600 sprint medley relay, with the foursome of Agosto, Olivacce, Daniel Campbell and Pereira finishing in 3:44.07.
The Hatters then concluded the evening’s events by winning the 4x400, with the team of Parkinson, Campbell, Going and Cunningham clocking in at 3:30.13.
“I thought the guys really came ready to perform,” Danbury coach Rob Murray said. “We talked about making today just like the season has been, a process. Every event, every guy matters today, and we just have to walk through the entire 15 events together, supporting each other and racing for each other. I thought the guys did a great job of performing not only for themselves but for the team.”
Danbury went 1-2-3 in the 600 meters, with Cunningham winning in 1:24.51, followed by Campbell and Malcolm Going. That event was pivotal in the team scoring, as the Hatters extended their lead to 28 points through four scored events. No team came close after that.
“Sometimes you have that one event and it allows the team to feel that energy and feel that confidence from those extra points that we gained that we weren’t planning on getting,” Murray said. “It’s like a basketball team just draining 3-pointers. That 600 just lifted the entire team.”
Tumani Edwards took second in both the long jump and the high jump for the Hatters, while teammate Chase Nalley placed second in the 55 hurdles, Cunningham took second in the 300 and Trevor Reed placed third in the 1,600.
Staples went 1-2 in the 1,600, with Zakeer Ahmad winning in 4:22.13 and teammate William Landowne clocking in one second behind.
Tyler Gleen of Trumbull won the 300 meters in 36.61 seconds and the 1,000 meters in 2:33.20.
New Canaan sophomore Jack Conley won the shot put with a throw of 48-3, edging his older brother, Will, a New Canaan senior, by half an inch.
“He beat me last week by three inches,” the younger Conley said of the FCIAC East Division championships, which Will won with a throw of 48-3. “He’s my biggest competitor. He pushes me every day to be the best that I can, and to throw further, work harder and get my footwork down.”
Sean Knight of New Canaan won the 55 hurdles in 7.86 seconds.
William Brisman of Warde won the 3,200 in 9:31.02, more than six seconds ahead of Ahmad in second place.
“I’ve never won one of these championship races before in the postseason, so it felt really good,” Brisman said. “Going in, I knew that I was the second seed, and I knew I would have a good shot at winning. I knew Zakeer Ahmad would be here, and he’s one of the fastest guys in the country. But I also knew that he was tripling (he also ran the 1,600 and the 4x800), and I was running fresh, so I knew I’d have that advantage. That helped me today.”
Isaac Floyd of Greenwich won the long jump with a jump of 21-4. Floyd is the FCIAC meet record-holder in the event, having jumped 22-6 last year. Tyler Farris won the 55 meters for Greenwich in 6.58 seconds, while teammate Safir Scott won the high jump, clearing 6-2. He set the meet record last year, clearing 6-4. He attempted to clear 6-6 Thursday but was unsuccessful.
FCIAC BOYS INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Floyd Little Athletic Center, New Haven
Team scores: 1. Danbury 130; 2. Staples 71.5; 3. Trumbull 48; 4. Ridgefield 46.5; 5. New Canaan 42; 6. Greenwich 37; 7. Darien 22; 8. Warde 17; 9. (tie) Norwalk and Ludlowe 14; 11. McMahon 12; 12. Westhill 6; 13. Wilton 5.
4x200: 1. Danbury (Aaron Agosto, Malachius Lorick, Sean-Michael Parkinson, Edmond Olivacce) 1:32.84; 2. Ridgefield (Shane Palmer, Aidan Spearman, Evan Hogan, William Carpenter) 1:33.76; 3. Norwalk (Phillip Campbell, Richard Celestin, Olivier Cloiseau, Adolphus Fulton) 1:36.14.
4x800: 1. Danbury (Christopher Leone, Christian Moraes, Bradley Fox, Pedro Pereira) 8:20.35; 2. Staples (Tyler Wright, Luke Lorenz, Sunil Green, Zakeer Ahmad) 8:23.31; 3. New Canaan (Michael St. George, Jake Grigsby, Max Koschnitzke, Alexander Urbahn) 8:25.32.
55 hurdles: 1. Sean Knight (New Canaan) 7.86; 2. Chase Nalley (Danbury) 8.11; 3. Thomas Vilinskis (Ridgefield) 8.18.
55: Tyler Farris (Greenwich) 6.58; 2. Shane Palmer (Ridgefield) 6.61; Aidan Spearman (Ridgefield) 6.68.
1,000: 1. Tyler Gleen (Trumbull) 2:33.20; 2. Ajax Diamandis (McMahon) 2:34.47; 3. Ian Bartlett (Ludlowe) 2:34.78.
600: 1. Terrell Cunningham (Danbury) 1:24.51; 2. Daniel Campbell (Danbury) 1:24.64; 3. Malcolm Going (Danbury) 1:27.38.
1,600: 1. Zakeer Ahmad (Staples) 4:22.13; 2. William Landowne (Staples) 4:23.13; 3. Trevor Reed (Danbury) 4:24.99.
1,600 sprint medley relay: 1. Danbury (Aaron Agosto, Edmond Olivacce, Daniel Campbell, Pedro Pereira) 3:44.07; 2. Trumbull (Colin McLevy, Latrell Margraff, Nigel Hayes, Tyler Rubush) 3:46.75; 3. Norwalk (Richard Celestin, Marlon Brown Jr., Colin Baker, Andrew Goldstein) 3:47.64.
300: 1. Tyler Gleen (Trumbull) 36.61; 2. Terrell Cunningham (Danbury) 36.66; 3. Samuel Larkin (Staples) 36.74.
3,200: 1. William Brisman (Warde) 9:31.02; 2. Zakeer Ahmad (Staples) 9:37.63; 3. Daniel Nichols (Danbury) 9:38.64.
4x400: 1. Danbury (Sean-Michael Parkinson, Daniel Campbell, Malcolm Going, Terrell Cunningham) 3:30.13; 2. Staples (Luka Autard, Sebastian Wick, Samuel Larkin, Brian MacCordy) 3:33.01; 3. Trumbull (Colin McLevy, Tyler Rubush, Nigel Hayes, Tyler Gleen) 3:33.85.
Long jump: Isaac Floyd (Greenwich) 21-4; 2. Tumani Edwards (Danbury) 21-2.75; 3. Colin McLevy (Trumbull) 20-9.25.
Shot put: 1. Jack Conley (New Canaan) 48-3; 2. Will Conley (New Canaan) 48-2.5; 3. Israel Strouse (Staples) 46-11.25.
Pole vault: 1. (tie) Nathaniel Llanos (Danbury) and Henry Spangler (New Canaan) 11-6; 3. Kayin Chisolm (Darien) 11-6.
High jump: 1. Safir Scott (Greenwich) 6-2; 2. Tumani Edwards (Danbury) 6-0; 3. Kirk Goodrich (Westhill) 5-10.