Law excels in postseason (track)
The Jonathan Law boys 4x100 relay team captured the Class MM title at Willow Brook Park in New Britain, and qualified for the New England Regional Championship in the process.
Seniors Jason Binder, Joe Piselli and Justin Sherrick teamed up with junior Najee Smith to turn in a winning time of 43.06, just nine-tenths of a second away from the state record.
The SCC champion 4x100 foursome went on to finish fifth at the State Open with an effort of 43.74.
This past weekend, the locals traveled to Maine to compete in the New England championships, where the Lawmen gutted out a sixth-place finish among a field of 36 teams.
“One of our guys pulled a hamstring,” Law coach Joe Beler said. “There was no way he wasn’t going to compete, and he gutted it out collapsing at the finish line.
“That spoke volumes of the character on this team, and the kind of effort it took to get us to the New England Championships.”
Juniors Zach Toto in the 400 and Terence Lewis in the long jump, along with the 4x400 relay team of sophomore Ryan Siddall, senior Soukhith Khamhoung, junior Ryan Dennis and Toto also qualified for the Open.
“Tell you what,” Beler said. “If someone told me before the start of the season that we would be SCC champs, Class MM champs and qualify for the New England championship meet, I would sign up for that all day.
“This team had an amazing season. We had so many great performances. Mark Thibault, only a sophomore, tied the school record in the pole vault at 12 feet and then finished third at the SCC championships.”
Law finished ninth as a team among the field of 29 teams in Class MM.
Toto ran to a second-place finish in the 400, just two-tenths of a second behind state champion Jevon Elmore of New London.
The 4x400 team of Dennis, Siddall, Toto and Khamhoung raced to a fourth-place finish in a time of 3:31.47, a little over two seconds shy of a sliver medal.
Lewis leaped to a third-place showing in the long jump at 20-8.5.
Senior Zach Coehlo placed eighth in the shot put at 43-3 and Smith finished 10th in the triple jump at 39-11.
Senior Evan DeLorio (3200), sophomore Joe Ziebell (110 hurdles) and sophomore Mark Thibault (pole vault also qualified for the Class MM meet.
The Law girls team didn’t have the team depth to compete with the strong field in the Class M state meet.
Freshman Tiffany Coleman finished eighth in the 100 at 13.51, the highest finish for the Eagles in the meet.
Sophomore Brianna Grazynski finished the 200 just four-tenths off the pace to score team points.
The 4x100 foursome of juniors Catie Miller and Cassie Packer joined forces with Coleman and Grazynski to finish sixth in a time of 51.48.
The 4x800 long distance relay team of senior Abby Shackett, juniors Valerie Hiller and Caitlin Prete, along with sophomore Ciara Hayden, placed eighth in a time of 10:36.52.
Seniors Rachel Mezzoni and Ashley Kirkland (triple jump), juniors Julia Maurer and Valerie Coleman (jumps), sophomores Melissa Grabowski, Marian Root and Sarah Gambardella (hurdles), and freshman Cori Kalafus (javelin) all qualified for the Class M meet.