State Open boys track: Bravo wins high, long jumps
Updated 7:54 am, Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Staples senior Anthony Bravothought he had jumped a bit longer than he actually did on his first try in the long jump at the CIAC State Open at Willow Brook Park in New Britain Monday.
Thinking he was comfortably ahead, Bravo passed on his next two jumps only to be told his first jump was not in fact on top of the leaderboard but rather in second place.
Needing to come through on his final jump, Bravo did just that leaping 23-9, beating Drew Lee of Bristol Central (23-2 1/4) to claim the title.
"I was told I jumped 23-8, so I passed on my jumps until my final jump but it turned out Drew Lee jumped 23-2 and a quarter," Bravo said. "When I landed the last jump I was more relieved than excited because that was not a personal best, but I plan on doing big things at Nationals."
Bravo was not done for the day, jogging across the stadium to win the high jump at 6-6, well ahead of Julian Campbell of Wethersfield (6-4).
Windsor won the boys team championship with a score of 57.5, finishing ahead of second-place Danbury with 39.5, Hillhouse in third with 27.5 points and Staples in fourth with 31.
The first championship Monday went to the Danbury 4x800 meter relay team of Jake Roberts,Terrance Cunningham, Julio Arrenondo and Corey Mullins, who took first with a time of 7:58.46 ahead of second-place Windsor (8:03.46).
"It feels good to do a repeat of what we did of indoor," Arrenondo said. "It felt a little weird because the straightaways are short and I started tightening up a little, but after I relaxed I felt OK and we won."
Chris Rough of Westhill saved his personal best pole vault for the Open, winning with a vault of 16-0, ahead of Windham's Joe Fogarasi (15-6).
"A first it was a little iffy and I had to get used to the wind," Rough said. "After I got used to that, I did pretty good. Everything felt right on my last jump. It was a PR."
In the shot put, Evan Adams of Norwalk took the title with a throw of 54-3 3/4, finishing just ahead of Christian Turner of Notre Dame-Fairfield, who threw 54-1 1/4.
Ruvens Exantus of Bunnell won the triple jump with a leap of 46-10 1/4, besting Michael Agyeman of Manchester(44-4 1/2).
In an upset, the 1,600 was won by Glastonbury's Randall Neish, who blew past favoriteSpencer Brown of Wilton, winning with a time of 4:16.86, ahead of Brown's 4:17.25.
Brown felt he was outrun down the stretch in the 1,600, making up for it by outkicking the field down the stretch in the 800, winning with a time of 1:50.88, finishing a nose ahead of Kristian Soogaard of Ridgefield, who came in at 1:55.24.
"I got out-kicked earlier in the meet, so it felt good to get some redemption," Brown said. "I love the 800-meter race and it was really fun to get the `W' in that. I kind of felt like (I had what it took to pass Soogaard) I felt like I was going to win it there."
In another mild upset, Windsor's Courtney Rush of Windsor overtook Weston's Simeon Okoro in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 48.52 ahead of Okoro's 48.77.
"I thought I had good momentum, but I got a little nervous with people cheering behind me," Okoro said. "(Rush) had a great kick and a great finish, credit to him he is a great runner. I just didn't finish strong enough."
The 3,200 provided a little more long-distance drama as Eric VanerEls came from the middle of the pack, passing several runners to win in a time of 9:23.94 ahead of Darien's Armstrong Noonan (9:26.57) and Ridgefield's Austin Gilbert (9:29.55).