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East Lyme sweeps ECC Div. I indoor track titles – theday.com

New London — Blake Harris remembers his first-ever Eastern Connecticut Conference boys’ indoor track meet at the Coast Guard Academy.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be in a place like this for the first time,” said Harris, an East Lyme High School senior. “I remember looking at all the records (on Coast Guard’s sprawling record board). I went outside and walked around a little bit. I feel like (the underclassmen) are just excited to be here.”

East Lyme, after Norwich Free Academy’s ascent to the top of the ECC Division I ranks in 2020, regained the title Sunday, topping NFA 143-127. (There was no indoor track postseason in 2021 due to COVID-19). The East Lyme girls team added their eighth straight championship with a 163.6-116.6 win over Woodstock Academy.

The East Lyme boys got wins from Harris in the 55-meter hurdles (8.52 seconds) and Nick Vogel in the high jump (5 feet, 8 inches), as well as relay wins in the 4×400, 4×720 and sprint medley relays, forced to outduel NFA’s contingent of dynamic runners.

NFA, with a 1-2-3 finish by Dangelo Aristilde, Michaelly Luc and Jeremiah Paul, scored 25 points in the 300 to pull within 123-119 with two events remaining, but East Lyme clinched the title moments later with 10 points in the 3,200, with a second-place finish by Sean McCauley and fifth-place finish by Matthew Carrier, both freshmen.

East Lyme capped the meet with its third relay win of the day in the 4×400.

East Lyme boys’ coach Steve Hargis called it a “fun day,” one which included his athletes, who apparently took the loss to NFA two years ago pretty seriously, dressed in button-down shirts and dress pants for the bus ride to the meet for what they deemed a business trip.

“Last time we lost to NFA so we decided to take care of business,” said Harris, who also ran a leg of the winning sprint medley relay. “Some of the guys had ties, some of the guys had jewelry on. That just added to the excitement.”

NFA was missing top distance runner Tyler Crabb, the No. 1 seed in the 3,200 meters, due to illness. To combat that, coach Tom Teixeira split up his school record-setting 4×200 relay team of Aristilde, Luc, Paul and Stephen Lee — that quartet ran a 1:34.06 recently to make the Wildcats the top seed — and spread the four out among their strongest events to score the maximum amount of points.

Aristilde won the 55 dash (6.59) and the 300 (37.80, coming from the second heat), while Luc took the 600 (1:29.79) and the long jump (19-6), finishing second in the 300.

Hargis and East Lyme girls’ coach Carl Reichard both mentioned the fact that many of their athletes had never been in an indoor meet of this magnitude before due to the COVID interruption.

“You try to tell them,” Hargis said. “They’ve got nothing to relate it to. This is really cool. They showed up today and the parents are here, it’s a whole different vibe. Then all of the sudden they see the older guys are getting more serious about it; they see the looks on their faces.”

Fitch’s Carson Reilly won the 1,000 (2:49.47) and the 3,200 (10:44.33), while the Falcons also took the 4×180 relay. For Woodstock, Vince Bastura took the 1,600 (4:54.85), Ian Hoffman the pole vault (10-0) and Keenan Lamontagne the shot put (47-2).

NFA’s Jasmyn Bransford was a double-winner on the girls’ side, taking the 55 (7.59) and the 300 (44.03) while being tripped up in the long jump, …….

Source: https://www.theday.com/high-school-sports/20220206/east-lyme-sweeps-ecc-div-i-indoor-track-titles

New London — Blake Harris remembers his first-ever Eastern Connecticut Conference boys’ indoor track meet at the Coast Guard Academy.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be in a place like this for the first time,” said Harris, an East Lyme High School senior. “I remember looking at all the records (on Coast Guard’s sprawling record board). I went outside and walked around a little bit. I feel like (the underclassmen) are just excited to be here.”

East Lyme, after Norwich Free Academy’s ascent to the top of the ECC Division I ranks in 2020, regained the title Sunday, topping NFA 143-127. (There was no indoor track postseason in 2021 due to COVID-19). The East Ly…….

New London — Blake Harris remembers his first-ever Eastern Connecticut Conference boys’ indoor track meet at the Coast Guard Academy.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be in a place like this for the first time,” said Harris, an East Lyme High School senior. “I remember looking at all the records (on Coast Guard’s sprawling record board). I went outside and walked around a little bit. I feel like (the underclassmen) are just excited to be here.”

East Lyme, after Norwich Free Academy’s ascent to the top of the ECC Division I ranks in 2020, regained the title Sunday, topping NFA 143-127. (There was no indoor track postseason in 2021 due to COVID-19). The East Ly…….

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