Polanski, Quinn, Griswold Lion standouts
Before she heads off to Sacred Heart University to learn how to put people back together again after work-related accidents, Foran High’s Kelly Quinn is putting those finishing touches on her track career.
Quinn, a three-sport athlete, turned in her best time ever (5:36.27) in winning the 1,600 meter run at the fourth annual Sheri Katzmartsic Memorial track meet held on the Charlie Phillips/Linwood Schulte Track at Jonathan Law on Friday.
Quinn was part of a girls team that totaled 78 points behind a pair of field-event wins from the meet’s most outstanding field performer, Lauren Polansky, and finished third to the winning Law team (234 points) and second-place finisher Bunnell (115 points).
“Kelly is one of those kids who constantly works at improving herself,” Foran girls track coach Willie Vitelli said. “Up to today, she’d run a personal best of 5:45, which had already qualified her for states.
“She just wanted to do better today.”
The conditions today were perfect for running and running is what I like to do best,” Quinn said. “I love basketball but my career there is pretty much over.”
Quinn will run both cross country and track at SHU, where she’ll major in occupational therapy.
Polansky won the shot put with a throw of 34-8 and had a discus-winning effort of 83-8.5.
Also putting in strong performances on the girls side were Maggie Meyers with a second in the pole vault and Claire Marler, in her first year of track, in the long jump where she was fifth with a leap of 13-8.
In the boys competition where Foran finished third with 92 points behind Law (179) and Bunnell (175), the Lions got wins from Nik Griswold in the high jump (six feet) and from Eddie Drapp, who threw a personal best of 130-11.5 inches in the javelin.
Griswold was also second in the long jump (19-3.5) and fourth in the triple jump (38-4).
On the track side, Foran’s Steve Cuggini was second in the 800 meters (2:10.91) and Michael Dana turned in a 44.21 for a second in the 300 meter hurdles.
“We may not have won a lot of events today, but our boys are starting to turn in personal bests,” said veteran Foran coach Pete Jambor. “I enjoy coming to this meet every year because we don’t get to run against either Stratford or Bunnell anymore.
“I remember the old days of the CCIAC when we did. Now we both compete in other massive conferences.”
Platt Tech placed fourth in the boys competition with 52 points. The Panthers were led by Josh Rivera, who had a second in the discus (114-3) and a third in the shot put (38 feet) and Carlos Urena who placed second in the 110 hurdles (16.46).
The meet is named in honor of Katzmartsic, a track star at Law in the early 1990s and a former Milford educator who died at 34 after battling her way through a series of illnesses.
“I started my teaching career here at Law, so I remember Sheri as a student,” Vitelli said. “She was this bubbling person who had an aura and spirit about her. She always looked on the bright side and was never one to share her struggles.”