Boys track and field: Record-setting Lawmen off to states
The Jonathan Law boys track team compiled a stellar 13-1 dual meet record under head coach Joe Beler.
The Lawmen have been competitive in the postseason, finishing fourth in the SCC Eastern Sectional championship and took fifth out of the 20 teams that competed for the SCC championship.
That marked a big improvement over last year’s 10-4 regular season record, where the Lawmen also finished 18th in the SCC and 22nd in the Class MM state division meet.
“I’m not sure if this is the best record in school history,” said Beler. “Legendary coach Charlie Phillips had some great teams, but it’s certainly the best finish in my tenure as head coach.
“I knew going into the season that we would be good because we had great leadership in the senior class. We also had a great number of underclassmen who were able to rise to the occasion and constantly show improvement.”
One of the highlights of the postseason is the accomplishment of the 800 medley team of junior Alex Pratcher, senior Joe Mugford, senior Charles Fonck and sophomore Mike Plaskon, who will be competing at the National Championships on June 18th in Greensboro, North Carolina.
“Charles Fonck has become one of the best athletes in the SCC,” Beler said. “He is on the 4x100, 400 meter and anchors the 4x400 relay that broke the school record, Charlie also serves as the anchor on the 800 medley that is going to the Nationals.”
Beler was also high on the accomplishments of senior Cedrick Rigaud, the team’s point leader for the season (high jump, long jump, triple jump) and senior Glenn Orpiano (110 hurdles, 300 meters and 4x400).
“We had good leadership this season with seniors Ryan Wasserman, Cedrick Rigaud and Glenn Orpian,o along with junior Justin Abe. They led by example and always demonstrated the Lawmen way.”
Shelton won the Eastern Sectional scoring 177 team points, with Daniel Hand the runner-up at 114 points and Amity third with 112 points. Law was fourth with 85.5 points and had two gold medals, two silver and two bronze.
Pratcher raced to victory in the 100 meter dash with a blistering pace of 10.89. He finished second in the 200 meters by .15 hundred’s of a second at 22.19.
The 4x100 team of Mugford, Pratcher, Fonck and Plaskon took first place in 43.81.
The 4x400 foursome of Orpiano, junior Matt Marino, senior Jack Wootton and Fonck were third at 3:30.86.
Rigaud finished in a second place tie in the high jump with an effort of five feet, 10 inches.
The Lawmen’s other top three finish belonged to junior Storm Furtado in the discus at 112 feet, one inch.
“We had a strong finish at the SCC championship,” said Beler. “We were behind undefeated Hand, who gave us our only loss and is the favorite to win the Class L. And then ahead of us were Shelton, Hamden and Amity, who will all compete and at least finish in the top five at the Class LL meet.”
Hand won the SCC championship with a team total of 86.5. Shelton was the runner-up at 81 points with Hamden third at 71.5 points and Amity fourth at 64 points. After finishing 18th at last year’s SCC championship Law had something to prove and did exactly that scoring a team total of 50.5 points to finish fifth.
Pratcher led the way racing to a first place finish in the 100 meters at 11.12 and a second place showing in the 200 meters at 22.49 just .14 hundreds of a second out of first.
“Pratcher is our stud,” said Beler. “He is the SCC champion in the 100, second place in the 200, second place in the 4x100. He was undefeated in the regular season and is the number one seed in the 100, 4x100 and is second in the 200 going into the Class MM state meet.”
The 4x100 team of Mugford, Pratcher, Fonck and Plaskon finished in second place with a pace of 43.66.
The 4x400 squad of Orpiano, Marino, Wootton and Fonck finished fourth at 3:28.38.
Law also got a fourth place finish out of Furtado with a 117 feet, 8 inch heave in the discus and a fifth place finish from senior Kyle Krois in the pole vault at 11 feet.
Orpiano took fifth in the 110 hurdles at 16.23 and a sixth in the 300 hurdles at 41.67.
Law will take on the best in the Class MM on May 31 at Willow Brook Park in New Britain, where the Lawmen finished 22nd in last years state meet.
Pratcher had the best showing with a sixth place finish in the 200 meters.