Locals fare well at NVL indoor track meet

Locals took on the best the league had to offer Friday night at the NVL indoor track and field championships at New Haven’s Floyd Little Athletic Center. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69)

It was a pretty good night overall for local teams at Friday’s NVL indoor track and field championships at New Haven’s Floyd Little Athletic Center.

There was an impressive second place team finish by the WCA boys, along with a fourth from Kennedy. The top girls team was also from Kennedy, which finished fifth.

There were a total of 21 gold, silver and bronze medals handed out to local individuals and relay teams. Kennedy’s Erica Austin and Shania McCall both won individual gold, and each was a part of the winning 4×200-meter relay. Austin won the 55-meter dash, and she earned a meet record along the way with a time of 7.17 seconds during the preliminaries. Kennedy’s 4×200 of Kaianni Jones, McCall, Jasmine Ogando and Austin garnered a meet record time of 1:50.89 in their victory. McCall earned gold in the 55-meter hurdles, just getting past Naugatuck’s Lily Jason, 8.92-8.93.

WCA’s Lucas Figueiredo and Micah Chen both won individual gold on the boys side, and they were also part of the winning 1,600 sprint medley relay. Figueiredo earned gold in the 300 meters in a meet record time of 36.42. Chen took gold in the 55-meter dash, getting past Derby’s Quincy Carter, 6.62-6.67. Lucas Figueiredo and Chen teamed up with Will Mowrey and Mikyle Isaacs in the 1,600 sprint medley (3:49.92).

Kennedy’s Samuel Rivera edged out Lucas Figueiredo’s twin brother Alex to capture gold in the high jump. Both Rivera and Figueiredo attained the height of six feet, but Rivera missed less at a previous height.

Alex Figueiredo was a silver medalist in both the high jump and long jump (20 feet, 2 inches). Isaacs was the silver medalist in the 600 meters (1:28.43) while Austin earned silver in the long jump (16-5). Silver medalists also went to the Crosby boys 4×200 (1:38.57) and WCA boys 4×400 (3:40.14) relays.

McCall (300 meters, 44.50) and Ogando (55-meter hurdles, 9.15) both grabbed bronze medals for the Kennedy girls. Dontae Roman snatched bronze for the Eagle boys in the 55-meter hurdles (8.13). The Kennedy boys 4×200 relay (1:39.35) also earned bronze. Crosby received bronze medal efforts from Candices Allen (55-meter dash, 7.73) and Amani Bien-Aime (1:30.74). A pair of Holy Cross athletes, Joseph French-Graham (high jump, 5-10) and Bryan Elliott (long jump, 19-9) garnered bronze medals. Daniel Cleary of Wolcott was a bronze medalist in the pole vault (10-0).

For full results from Friday night’s NVL championship meet, go here.

GALLERY: Here are my photos from Friday night’s meet.

Next up in terms of postseason competition is the state class meets. Class LL is on Feb. 8 at 4:30 p.m.; Class S is Feb. 9 at 4:30; Class L is Feb. 10 at 10 a.m.; and Class M is Feb. 10 at 4 p.m.