Lauralton earns second at SCC West Sectional meet

Lauralton Hall placed second at the SCC West Sectional indoor track meet held in the Floyd Little Athletic Center.

“Our best finish had been fifth,” coach Ellis Gill said after the Crusaders scored 91 points to finish only two points behind Sacred Heart Academy. “It was a fantastic meet from start to finish. The team performed great.”

Kelly Jones, Carys Cook, Amanda Umbrich, and Katerin Koutouvides took first in the 4x800 relay, running a time of 10:47. In the 4x200m, Bria Colangelo, Emma Hoffman, Emma Kelly and Kate Baisley took second in 1:54.72.

“We had won the 4x8 three straight years,” Gill said. “But the 4x2 is not typically an event we score high in, so to take second overall was fantastic. The girls ran their best time of the season. They also helped to improve their seed for the state meet.”

Baisley took third in the 55-meter high-hurdles.

“Despite a small trip during the race, Kate was able to continue on and still get big points,” Gill said of his junior. “She also placed fifth in the high jump, jumping 4 feet, 8 inches.

“First year runner Lila Parkel also had success on the hurdles and high jump,” he added. “Lila had a huge personal best time in the 55 hurdles, running 11.4. She also took third in the high jump (4-8), which qualified her for states.”

Senior captain Maggie Willer took sixth by running a state qualifying time of 3:29.65 in the 1000-meter run. Gill said: “This was Maggie's first time running that race this season, and she really stepped up big to help her team get some much-needed points.”

Koutouvides was fifth in the 600-meter run (1:51.55). Lauren Vitti was seventh in a personal best time of 1:54.40.

“Junior Bria Colangelo had a monster day for the team,” Gill said. “She took third in the 55-meter dash, running a personal best time of 7.89. She was our lead leg on the 4x200 relay team, running a personal best split time of 27.3. Then she was able to take second in the 300. Bria was a big part of our success with her great finishes.

Lauralton’s 1600-meter runners added to the point total.

“Kelly Jones, Carys Cook and Amanda Umbricht took second, third and fourth overall. Kelly and Carys also came back to run the 3200, with Kelly finishing first overall in a time of 11:55 and Carys placing fifth,” Ellis said. “In the shot put, senior Anna Varholak placed third (30.2.5). Senior Alyssa Hall had a huge personal best in the shot (27-7).”

Gill said the 4x400 relay was possibly the most exciting race he had ever watched.

“Going into the race, we trailed Sacred Heart by four points, so we needed to beat SHA by two places,” he reported. “Emma Hoffman, Katerina Koutuvides, Amanda Umbricht and Lauren Vitti ran extremely hard. They beat SHA by one place, which left us just two points behind overall in the final score.”

Gill called the sectional a defining meet for his squad.

“Rebuilding a team can take time, and last night all the hard work these girls have been putting in, some for four years, paid off,” he said. “To score over 90 points against teams like Mercy, Wilbur Cross, Branford, Hamden and North Haven is a huge accomplishment.”

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