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ALL-RECORD-JOURNAL: Indoor track went the full distance as the winter games returned in full – Meriden Record-Journal

MERIDEN — And so we arrive at the end of a season that was a beginning.

Or, better said, a rebirth.

The state basketball championships played at Mohegan Sun Arena this weekend. The Division I and II state hockey finals play Monday and Tuesday night at Quinnipiac University.

Which means high school sports in Connecticut have fully resumed the normal flow that was interrupted in the dark March of 2020.

A normal look, too. While the 2021-22 winter season was dogged early by Omicron, it ended with COVID-19 passing (hopefullly) from pandemic to endemic phase, with no attendance limits on fans and no mandated masks on athletes.

With the return of wrestling and indoor track, the full complement of CIAC sports is back. With the return of the winter postseason, the full complement of CIAC championships is back.

Knock on hardwood: The new tomorrow has begun.

And so, too, the All-Record-Journal series for the winter season. Fittingly for a campaign all about regaining lost time, we start with the sport that’s all about time: indoor track.

It also happens to be the sport that saw the most success on the area front, literally by a mile.

That’s the event Maloney’s Bria Benigni won in the Emerging Elite Division at the Nike Indoor Nationals. Benigni prevailed in the mile one day after Sheehan senior Erin Brennan won the Emerging Elite triple jump.

Two national champs in one year.

New England champs, as well. Brennan won the 4×200 relay with Sheehan mates Amanda Castaldi, Patrice Mansfield and Avery Winters in Boston before heading to Nationals on Staten Island.

Postseason triumphs reached such big heights in big towns that memory must be jogged to recall it all began with the Wallingford sweep of Class M state meet in New Haven by the Lyman Hall boys and Sheehan girls.

It makes for a crowded All-Record-Journal field. Let’s get out of the blocks.

Maloney

No area athlete embodies the motif of winter as a beginning than Bria Benigni. The Maloney distance runner accomplished so much this season and yet, as a sophomore, is still just getting started.

After a relatively quiet Class L meet — silver in the 1000, bronze in the 1600, but no gold — Benigni hit her stride at the State Open. Competing in three events, she landed Maloney’s first State Open track title by winning the 1000 meters.

Benigni set a school record in the process and lowered it again placing fifth in New England. Then came the Emerging Elite triumph in the mile at Nationals as well as a Championship Division appearance in the 800.

In all, Benigni established five new Maloney indoor records this winter: 3200 meters (11:39), 1600 (5:14), 1 mile (5:01.60), 1000 (2:56.25) and 800 (2:15.22).

She wasn’t alone. Junior Shaelyn Murphy raised the Maloney bar in the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 6 inches at the New England Championships

Joined by Tessa Lopez, Elliyah Cloutier and Mackenzie McCormack, Murphy also ran on the 4×200 relay that set a school record of 1:54.65 at the Class L meet.

Like Benigni, Murphy competed at the highest level at Nike Nationals, qualifying for the Championship Division of the high jump after placing second in that event in Class L, the State Open and New England.

Sheehan

The Lady Titans have enjoyed a remarkable four-year run driven by the senior sprint corps of Erin …….

Source: https://www.myrecordjournal.com/Sports/Wallingford-Sports/2022-All-Record-Journal-Indoor-Track-Team.html

MERIDEN — And so we arrive at the end of a season that was a beginning.

Or, better said, a rebirth.

The state basketball championships played at Mohegan Sun Arena this weekend. The Division I and II state hockey finals play Monday and Tuesday night at Quinnipiac University.

Which means high school sports in Connecticut have fully resumed the normal flow that was interrupted in the dark March of 2020.

A normal look, too. While the 2021-22 winter season was dogged early by Omicron, it ended with COVID-19 passing (hopefullly) from pandemic to endemic phase, with no attendance limits on fans and no mandated masks on athletes.

With the return of wrestling and …….

MERIDEN — And so we arrive at the end of a season that was a beginning.

Or, better said, a rebirth.

The state basketball championships played at Mohegan Sun Arena this weekend. The Division I and II state hockey finals play Monday and Tuesday night at Quinnipiac University.

Which means high school sports in Connecticut have fully resumed the normal flow that was interrupted in the dark March of 2020.

A normal look, too. While the 2021-22 winter season was dogged early by Omicron, it ended with COVID-19 passing (hopefullly) from pandemic to endemic phase, with no attendance limits on fans and no mandated masks on athletes.

With the return of wrestling and …….

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