Lauralton track 12th in Class M championships

Katerina Koutouvides, Kelly Jones, Lauren Baisley and Carys Cook from Lauralton placed fourth in the 4x800 relay at the Class S championships.

Katerina Koutouvides, Kelly Jones, Lauren Baisley and Carys Cook from Lauralton placed fourth in the 4x800 relay at the Class S championships.

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Lauralton Hall placed 12th in the Class M track championships at Willow Brook Park in New Britain.

“The team scored 23 points on the day, which was almost 20 more points than we scored two seasons ago when we were 23rd,” Lauralton coach Ellis Gill said. “This was a huge improvement for the team and program.”

Kelly Jones, Lauren Baisley, Carys Cook and Katerina Koutouvides were fourth in the 4x800 relay, which started the meet won by Weston followed by Sheehan and Woodland.

“This was their fastest time of the season in 10:07. It is second fastest time in team history, only one second away from the school record,” Gill said. “The girls will have one more chance next week at the State Open meet to break it.”

Sophomore Katherine Baisley placed third in the 100 hurdles, running a 16.4.

Gill said: “This was also good enough to set a new school record, breaking the previous mark of 16.51 set in 2016. Kate then came back to run the 300 hurdles taking home sixth place and earning a medal.”

Jones ran the first leg on the 4x800 relay team. She placed fifth in the 1600 and fourth in the 3200 to earn a spot at State Opens in both.

“Kelly ran a 5:14.3 in the 1600 that broke the school record of 5:21 set in 2010,” Gill said of his sophomore. “She ran 11:42, breaking her own school record, in the 3200.”

He added, “Katerina Koutouvides and Emma Hoffman ran solid times against a very competitive field. I think both being freshmen that this was a great day for them to gain some solid experience for the future.

“The team is sending one relay, and girls in four individual events to Opens, which is extremely impressive. We also broke three school records. To have this much success this late in the season is a true testament of the team's work ethic.”