Foran indoor track posting good numbers

The Foran High boys and girls indoor track team may not have the same numbers as far as the rest of the teams in the SCC field, but don’t count the Lions out as they are up for the task.

Head coach Pete Jambor has a young team with 28 freshman and sophomores. The upperclassmen have been setting the example with seven seniors and five juniors qualifying for the state meet.

Senior Sarah Barrett took first place at the Eastern Sectionals in the pole vault at 8 feet, 6 inches beating her best height by one foot to lead the girls squad.

Senior Kayla Gosselin also made her presence felt with a third place finish at the Eastern Sectionals in the shot put, 14 inches better than her best distance throwing for a season high 34 feet, 4 ½ inches.

“Sarah has really been working hard on her technique and the results have shown,” said Jambor. “Kayla has gradually improved throughout the season and these two are leading the way for our girls team.”

The Lady Lions will also be represented at the SCC championship by the relay foursome of senior Erin Dillman, sophomore Kiersten Conner and freshman Emma Cote and Jenna French in the 4x800 team that placed third in a time of 11:23.07 at the Eastern Sectionals.

That is a fair representation for the girls team that consists of four seniors, two juniors and 17 freshman and sophomores combined.

The boys team is led by senior Cedrick Lingane in the shot put, who put up a fourth place finish at the Eastern Sectionals with an effort of 40 feet, 10 ¾ inches (six inches better than his season best).

Junior Pierce Klein finished fifth in the pole vault at the Eastern Sectionals at nine feet, six inches, giving the Lions four athletes in the individual events at the SCC championship.

“The last four years Cedrick has put in the work and now is consistently throwing in the 40’s,” Jambor said. “We have a young team and the seniors we do have a large majority are out for track for the first time.”

The Lions relay teams needed a top six finish at the Eastern Sectionals to qualify for the SCC championship and just missed qualifying. It has already made the state meet.

“The SCC is so competitive sometimes it’s easier to qualify for the states,” said Jambor.

The boys 4x200 relay team of seniors Robert McGinnis and C.J. Conner teamed up with junior Anthony Lobazzo and sophomore Evan Meyer to finish seventh at 1:40.86. That was good enough to qualify for the state meet, but just missed out on making the SCC championship meet.

The boys 4x800 team of seniors Kyle Greenspan and Jerry Edmond teamed up with juniors Ryan Griffin and Mark Fitzpatrick finishing just off the pace for the SCC in 9:06.60, but enough to qualify for the states.

Senior Vinny Tran will get another shot at qualifying for the states at the SCC meet needing four more inches on his distance of 18 feet, four inches in the long jump. Freshman Ryan Gosselin is almost at the qualifying mark in the long jump.

“I’m very pleased at the efforts of our field athletes,” Jambor said. “The relay teams have a chance to do well and hopefully we can qualify a few more athletes.”

The Class M state meet is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.