Indoor track: Jonathan Law enjoyed fine season

Olivia Steiner from Jonathan Law placed sixth in the long jump at 16-6.5 at the State Open Indoor Track and Field Championships in New Haven on Feb. 20, continuing a fine season for coach Joe Beler’s Eagles.

Kiki Smith and Steiner brought home individual titles from the Class M Championships held in New Haven on Feb. 13. Tolland won the girls title, Hillhouse the boys. Law girls took sixth.

Smith’s title came in the 55-meter dash, where she ran a 7.53 to edge out St. Joseph’s Jada Harris (7.65). Steiner was meet best in the long jump at 16-09.75.

Law’s 4x200 relay team of Smith, Steiner, Rhea Grant and Holly Caldwell placed sixth with a time of 1:54.57. Madison Murphy was seventh in the shot put with a throw of 31-07.25.

Smith was 11th in the long jump at 15-02.50. Keala Hoff was 20th in the shot put at 28-08.25. Andria Torres was 23rd in the long jump at 14-04.50.

In the Class M boys competition, Law’s 4x800 relay team of Jason Baker, Matt Paulus, Matt Marino and Ryan Wasserman placed ninth in the 4x800 relay with a time of 8:58.59. Mark Dow was 10th in the shot put at 40-09.75. Baker was 17th in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:33.48.

Law’s 4x200 relay team of Joe Mugford, Nick Ferrara, Alex Pratcher and Glenn Orpiano placed 13th in 1:40.36. Justin Abe was 19th in the shot put at 37-04.

Smith made her presence felt at the Eastern Sectionals, finishing third in the 55 meters at 7.68 and third in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, two inches. Steiner took second in the long jump at 16 feet, five inches.

Dow led the throwers for the boys team, posting a season best in the shot put at 43 feet, two inches good for second place. Abe was sixth at 38 feet, one inch and senior Brendan Ahern finished seventh at 36 feet, three quarter inches to qualify for the SCC finals. Gabe Haynes was second in the 55-meter dash (6.55).

The Eagles qualified 23 athletes for the Class M state meet.

“Last year we had some success placing athletes in the top ten,” said Beler. “But this year they are exceeding all expectations and taking us to a new level.”

Haynes came into the Eastern Sectionals after posting a season best of 6.41 at the Haddam Killingworth Invitational.The senior speedster managed to pull off a second place 6.55 and then qualified in the 300 meters by placing fourth with an effort of 37.22.

Juniors Kyle Krois in the pole vault finished sixth at 9 feet and Glenn Orpiano in the 55 hurdles finished sixth in 8.82.

Also at states were Emma Shea in the 55 hurdles, as she finished seventh in the Sectionals at 10.35. Murphy was fourth in the shot put with an effort of 33 feet, three and a half inches, almost two feet better than her season best. And Torres with an eighth-place finish of 14 feet, eight inches in the long jump.

“We have four solid relay teams,” said Beler. “There is a lot of strong competition in the SCC, but we had 120 kids come out for the team this year.”

The girls 4x200 relay team of juniors Smith and Steiner, along with sophomores Grant and Caldwell, broke the school record posting a 1:54.40 and finishing fifth at the Sectionals with a 1:55.32.

The girls 4x800 relay team of juniors Bethany Edwards and Lauren Paredes and sophomores Madison Butts and Taylor Kandrach placed fifth in a time of 11:52.19.

The boys 4x200 relay team is another school record holder at 1:37.50. The foursome of seniors Haynes and Ferrara, junior Mugford and sophomore Pratcher posted a fifth place time of 1:38.74 at the Sectionals.

The 4x800 boys team of seniors Baker and Paulus, teamed up with junior Wasserman and sophomore Marino, knocked nine seconds off their season best time to post a sixth place time of 9:00.07.