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Mooney works quickly, as Stonington boys, girls take Division II indoor track titles – theday.com

New London — Josh Mooney won the 55-meter hurdles at 5:51 p.m. Sunday at Hallie Gregory Field House on the campus of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He followed with a victory in the 55 dash at 5:55, not a most conventional double as far as rest time.

“(It’s) definitely more physical,” said Mooney, a Stonington High School junior, who finished the hurdles and just kept jogging back to the start line. “I’m pretty drained after the hurdles and then to go back and have to be, at least try to be, as good as I was before. I felt pretty good. I had pretty good runs.

“Just practice every day, getting in shape the best you can be.”

Mooney’s contributions sent Stonington’s point total pinballing upward at the Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II boys’ indoor track championship meet. The Bears, who also got a pair of individual wins from senior Ryan Gruczka in the 1,600 and the 3,200, won their fifth straight ECC title (not counting last season in which the postseason was canceled due to COVID-19) with 177 points. Ledyard was second with 98.

Stonington also won its second straight girls’ title, with the Bears putting the final touches on a closely contested meet with a victory in the 4×400 relay. Stonington finished with 95 points to 81 for second-place Ledyard and 71 for Bacon Academy.

“I’m proud of myself, but I’m mostly proud of my team,” said Stonington senior Nancy Inthasit, who ran the anchor leg of the 4×400. “We came here today to do one thing, to perform our best. We had to give it all we got.

“… You know sometimes when you’re running, you’re spaced out or blanked out? The last 150 meters (of the 4×400), I was just thinking, ‘I want this bad. I want it.’ We worked all season for this day.”

In the boys’ meet, Stonington clung to a one-point lead over Ledyard after six events, 51-50. That’s when Mooney struck.

Mooney (7.81 seconds) led a 1-2 finish in the hurdles, teaming with Phoenix Glaza to make it 81-59 Bears after eight events and after Mooney’s 6.69-second 55 sewed up first place in that event, Stonington made it 91-67 after nine events.

Gruczka added the 1,600 title (4:38.90) to Stonington’s list of accolades and the Bears followed with a win in the sprint medley relay as the lead ballooned. The Bears also got wins from Ryan Orr in the 1,000 (2:44.47) and Glaza in the high jump (5-10), as well as from the 4×400 relay team.

Gruczka took the 1,600 in 4:38.90 and the 3,200 in 9:55.15.

“They all put in a lot of effort for the postseason, especially with masks and quarantine, what they went through,” Stonington coach Ben Bowne said. “We got 22 inches of snow and they were out there shoveling (to practice outdoors on the track); we had a group of kids out there shovel two lanes all the way around.”

“I love indoor track,” Gruczka said. “Indoor makes a big difference for outdoor. People show up in 20 degrees, in the snow. At practice everyone’s so supportive. Everyone wants to be there. Everyone’s cheering on everyone on the runs. There’s never not someone screaming for you.”

Ledyard’s Cameron Reynolds won a pair of individual events in the 300 (37.76) and long jump (19-4.5), also running a leg of the Colonels’ first-place 4×180 relay. Teammate Ryan Tomis won the pole vault at 10-6 and the Colonels took the 4×720 relay.

Bacon’s Daniel Blanda won the 600 (1:31.18) and …….

Source: https://www.theday.com/high-school-sports/20220206/mooney-works-quickly-as-stonington-boys-girls-take-division-ii-indoor-track-titles

New London — Josh Mooney won the 55-meter hurdles at 5:51 p.m. Sunday at Hallie Gregory Field House on the campus of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He followed with a victory in the 55 dash at 5:55, not a most conventional double as far as rest time.

“(It’s) definitely more physical,” said Mooney, a Stonington High School junior, who finished the hurdles and just kept jogging back to the start line. “I’m pretty drained after the hurdles and then to go back and have to be, at least try to be, as good as I was before. I felt pretty good. I had pretty good runs.

“Just practice every day, getting in shape the best you can be.”

Mooney’s contributions sent Stonington’…….

New London — Josh Mooney won the 55-meter hurdles at 5:51 p.m. Sunday at Hallie Gregory Field House on the campus of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He followed with a victory in the 55 dash at 5:55, not a most conventional double as far as rest time.

“(It’s) definitely more physical,” said Mooney, a Stonington High School junior, who finished the hurdles and just kept jogging back to the start line. “I’m pretty drained after the hurdles and then to go back and have to be, at least try to be, as good as I was before. I felt pretty good. I had pretty good runs.

“Just practice every day, getting in shape the best you can be.”

Mooney’s contributions sent Stonington’…….

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