Shelton’s Stevens a double winner at State Open track and field
Published 10:08 am, Tuesday, June 7, 2016
NEW BRITAIN — Even had she fouled on her second-to-last throw, Samantha Stevens of Shelton still had the discus won at Monday’s State Open track and field championships.
But she stopped her spin, collected herself and heaved the disc an even 130 feet, an exclamation point on a double-victory day at Willow Brook Park.
“That one, I kind of slipped,” Stevens said. “I took my time. Got the dirt off my shoes.”
Whatever she did to collect herself, it put her five feet ahead of her first throw, only two feet off her personal best and almost 10 feet better than anyone else in the last event of the day.
“I wanted to place in the top three,” said Stevens, a junior. “First place is even better.”
She had earlier won the shot put with a throw of 42 feet, 7 inches, on her third throw, besting Bloomfield’s Brittany Jones by two inches.
“I was surprised that I won. The competition is very close between Brittany and I,” Stevens said. “I was very surprised at the end that I made it and won. It’s a season PR (personal record) for me.”
Jones won the shot put in indoor season, with Stevens placing second, and then Stevens placed higher at New Englands.
“Brittany and I always go back and forth on that kind of stuff,” Stevens said. “It’s anyone’s game.”
It wasn’t anyone’s race for the team title, though. Bloomfield, as expected, ran away with 72 points to second-place Windsor’s 56. Danbury finished fifth; Greenwich was eighth, and Ridgefield was ninth. Stevens’ two wins made Shelton 10th with 20 points.
Staples senior Hannah DeBalsi won the 3200 for the third year in a row after skipping the 1600, hoping for a fast time. She dominated the race but finished in 10:33.26.
“I wish now I could have run the mile,” DeBalsi said. “I (skipped it) to run a fast 3200, and that didn’t happen.”
Coginchaug’s Jessica Drop, who ran the fastest time in last week’s class meets and who beat Danae Rivers of Wilbur Cross in the DeBalsi-less 1600, pushed DeBalsi for the first two laps of eight, then fell back, a good 10 seconds behind for a couple of laps. It got a little closer on the last lap but was never in doubt.
“Obviously, I wanted a faster time. I don’t know what happened,” DeBalsi said.
Bridgeport Central’s Kanajzae Brown won the 100, then finished third in the 200, feeling a pull in her right hamstring.
“I was so surprised in the 100,” said Brown, feeling a little better after a trip to the trainer. “That was literally unbelievable.”
She had looked calm and effortless in the preliminary, but the calm apparently didn’t carry over to the final.
“I was nervous. I’m always nervous,” Brown said.
Whatever worked, she beat Bloomfield’s Erica Belvit by 0.05 seconds.
In the 800, Greenwich sophomore Emily Philippides led wire to wire, maintaining a short lead on the first lap and opening it up on the second, winning by over two seconds.
“I actually hit the split I wanted to on the first lap,” Philippides said.
The top six finishers in each event qualified for the New England meet, which is here Saturday.
“I’m just looking to place,” Philippides said. “There are a lot of talented girls.”
Danbury’s Leah Sarkisian was third.
Shepaug’s Samantha Moravsky won the javelin with a throw of 141-10, five feet better than her winning distance in the Class S meet.
Danbury’s Bridget Chiaravalle had a curious but, to her, rewarding day. In her 100 hurdles preliminary, running into a headwind according to the wind gauge, she ran a 14.16, which matched the 17-year-old meet record.
“I felt really good. I felt so ready,” Chiaravalle said. “As soon as I competed I was so happy. I didn’t think I had it in me.
“It’s a feeling, you can’t even describe it after a PR like that.”
Banging up her knee, though, she finished second in the final, and she didn’t run the 300 hurdles.
“In the prelim, I was so surprised with myself,” Chiaravalle said.
Glastonbury opened the day with a meet record in the 4x800.
Other local second-place finishers included Barlow’s Grace Blackwell in the 400 and Ridgefield’s 4x800 relay.
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At Willow Brook Park, New Britain
1. Bloomfield 72, 2. Windsor 56, 3. (tie) Tolland and Wilbur Cross 40, 5. Danbury 33, 6. Coginchaug 30, 7. Glastonbury 29, 8. Greenwich 26, 9. Ridgefield 23.5, 10. Shelton 20, 11. New Milford 19, 12. Manchester 18, 13. Central 16, 14. Cheshire 15, 15. (tie) North Haven and Barlow 14, 17. Southington 13, 18. St. Joseph 11.5, 19. (tie) Derby and Shepaug Valley 11, 21. Weston 10.5, 22. (tie) Berlin and Staples 10, 24. Avon 9, 25. (tie) Griswold, Simsbury, Bristol Eastern and Mercy 8, 29. (tie) Conard and Seymour 6, 21. Newtown 5.5, 32. (tie) Woodstock Academy, Immaculate, South Windsor, Law, East Catholic and Ellington 5, 38. Masuk 4.5, 39. (tie) Pomperaug, Cheney Tech, Brookfield, Housatonic Regional, Nonnewaug and Lauralton Hall 4, 45. (tie) Weaver, New Britain, Lyman Hall, Bunnell, Stonington, NFA and Northwest Catholic 3, 52. (tie) Coventry, Univrsity and Oxford 2.5, 55. Ludlowe, Trumbull, Branford and Thomaston 2, 59. (tie) Platt, Haddam-Killingworth, Newington, Wethersfield, Wilton and Middletown 1.
Winner and regional finishers among top six in each event
100: 1. Kanajzae Brown (Central) 11.98; 4. Saintphanie Porcenat (Danbury) 12.42; 6. Kathryn Kelly (Lauralton Hall) 12.57; 200: 1. Jiana Baker (Windsor) 25.00; 3. Kanajzae Brown (Central) 25.46; 4. Saintphanie Porcenat (Danbury) 25.65; 400: 1. Sashana Hinds (Windsor) 56.04; 2. Grace Blackwell (Barlow) 58.01; 6. Jordan Numme (Greenwich) 59.03; 800: 1. Emily Philippides (Greenwich) 2:11.90; 3. Leah Sarkisian (Danbury) 2:16.00; 4. Gabriella Prizio (Derby) 2:16.12; 5. Rhemi Toth (Weston) 2:16.24; 6. Hannah Tower (New Milford) 2:17.20; 1600: 1. Jessica Drop (Coginchaug) 4:48.29; 3. Mia Nahom (New Milford) 4:54.01; 3200: 1. Hannah DeBalsi (Staples) 10:33.26; 3. Mia Nahom (New Milford) 10:55.34; 6. Angela Saidman (Immaculate) 11:07.96; 100 hurdles: 1. Gabrielle Curtis (Wilbur Cross) 14.20; 2. Bridget Chiaravalle (Danbury) 14.55; 5. Jada Harris (St. Joseph) 14.89; 6. Tamara McCrobie (Bunnell) 15.20; 300 hurdles: 1. Danielle Brinckman (Glastonbury) 43.70; 6. Makenna Cerney (Newtown) 46.07; 4x100 relay: 1. Bloomfield 46.96; 3. Danbury (Saintphanie Porcenat, Bridget Chiaravalle, Rackell Souza, Zyniah Bunn) 49.11; 4. Law (Olivia Steiner, Melanie Coleman, Holly Caldwell, Kiara Smith) 49.39; 5. Greenwich (Jenna Restieri, Katherine Gallagher, Treloara Harrisson, Anna Giannuzzi) 49.71; 4x400 relay: 1. Wilbur Cross 3:50.47; 5. Greenwich (Jordan Numme, Hetty McMillan, Caroline Frey, Emily Philippides) 3:58.28; 6. Ridgefield (Julia Hergenrother, Anna Landler, Katherine Jasminski, Alexandra Damron) 3:58.82; 4x800 relay: 1. Glastonbury 9:10.65 (meet record); 2. Ridgefield (Anna Landler, Ava Kelley, Julia Hergenrother, Katherine Jasminski) 9:14.06; 4. Greenwich (Kristen Lodato, Jordan Numme, Hetty McMillan, Emily Philippides) 9:26.72; 5. Pomperaug (Allison Meyer, Michaela Meyer, Sara Tarascio, Ivy Walker) 9:30.57; 6. New Milford (Sara Grudzwick, Hannah Tower, Riley Peragine, Brigit Humphreys) 9:31.48; high jump: 1. Elizabeth Lodge (Manchester) 5-4; 3. Grace Goodwin (Ridgefield) J5-4; 5. (tie) Kelly Ward (Oxford) and Jada Harris (St. Joseph) 5-2; pole vault: 1. AmyErin Zadroga (Tolland) 11-6; 3. Kyleigh Dumas (Barlow) J11-0; 4. (tie) Danielle Cass (Weston) and Ali Moraveck (Masuk) 10-6; long jump: 1. Janaia Skibitcky (Cheshire) 17-7.75; triple jump: 1. Adia Cavalier (Bloomfield) 37-11.5; 3. Rachel Fleischer (Derby) 36-4; shot put: 1. Samantha Stevens (Shelton) 42-7; 5. Lauryn Gause (Brookfield) 36-4.5; discus: 1. Samantha Stevens (Shelton) 130-0; 3. Jesica Litwa (Seymour) 120-4; javelin: 1. Samantha Moravsky (Shepaug Valley) 14110; 4. Sophia Jagoe-Seidl (St. Joseph) 119-0.