Local athletes compete at New Balance indoor nationals
Staples senior Anthony Bravo had a busy Saturday afternoon at the New Balance indoor nationals meet. Competing in both the long and high jump events, Bravo (22-05.75) finished eighth in the former and 21st (6-03.50) in the latter.
Two weeks ago at the New England meet, Bravo won by clearing 6-09 for a personal best.
The 4x800 relay team of Chase Gornbein, Oliver Hickson, Luis Cruz and James Lewis set a school record in the event, finishing 11th overall with a time of 7:54.52. The Quartet finished just .03 seconds behind FCIAC rival Danbury, which came home 10th. Ridgefield (7:48.90) finished sixth in the event, too.
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Wreckers seniors Elizabeth Knoll (finals) and Bridget van Dorsten (emerging elite) cleared 5-02.50 in the high jump in separate events. Erica Hefnawy percolated in the 800 meter emerging elite event, and ran a 2:21.16 to place 24th.
Hannah DeBalsi, who planned to run the 5,000 and 2-mile, did not race this weekend due to an illness.