Records fall at Katzmartsic Track & Field Invitational

Records were falling fast and furiously on Friday at the annual Sheri Katzmartsic Invitational track and field meet at Jonathan Law High School, as athletes took advantage of a spectacular spring afternoon at Phillips/Schulte Track.

Five records were set, and two others tied in the girls meet, while three records fell and two more were tied in the boys meet.

Bunnell swept the team championships, with a pair of narrow wins over host Law.

The Lady Bulldogs edged Law, 161-159, in the girls meet, while Bunnell won the boys meet 150-145 over the Lawmen.

The girls meet was rounded out by Foran (86), Laurelton Hall (67), Stratford (59) and Platt Tech (6).

In the boys meet, it was Stratford (125), Foran (108) and Platt Tech (24) taking third through fifth, respectively.

Two of the records set in the girls meet were by Bunnell’s dominating hurdler Tamara McCrobie. The junior was the class of the field, winning the 100 hurdles in 16.15 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 48.9.

Jonathan Law’s Tiffany Coleman established the record mark in the 200 meters, clocking 27.16. Coleman also won the 100 (13.31) and was part of Law’s victorious 400-meter relay team, along with Olivia Steiner, Holly Caldwell and Kiki Smith, which clocked a 50.69, narrowing missing the meet record, but establishing a school record.

For her efforts, Coleman was named the girls track MVP of the meet.

Jessica Centore shattered the meet’s 400-meter record with a 59.24 effort, which also is a Law school record.

The final meet record set in the girls competition was by Melanie Coleman, sister of Tiffany, who hopped, skipped and jumped her way to a 33-feet, 3-inch victory. Her jump beat the previous mark by nine inches.

Tying records in the girls meet were Bunnell’s Caitlyn Carrafiello, who went 15-10 1/2 in the long jump to tie the mark set by Law’s Centore last season.

Foran’s Emma Longley cleared 8-6 in the pole vault to tie the 2010 record set by Law’s Becky Pritchard.

The girls’ field athlete of the meet was Law’s Cori Kalafus, who won the javelin (95-9 1/2), took third in the discus (76-7 1/2) and fourth in the shot put (28-3).

In the boys meet, Bunnell’s Ruvens Exantus was the field athlete of the meet with a record-tying triple jump of 42-8, to go along with his win in the long jump (19-11).

And while it’s not a field event, just for good measure Exantus won the 110 hurdles in 15.57, slightly off his meet record of 15.20, set last year.

The track athlete of the meet went to Law’s Gabriel Hayes who won the 100 meters (11.36), 200 meters (23.24) and anchored the Lawmen victory in the 400 relay (44.67).

Also setting records were Law’s Jeremy Doucette, who breezed to a win in the 800 meters, taking the title in 2:02.43, and Stratford’s Gueber Docteur whose javelin throw of 155-6 shattered the previous mark of 144-9 by nearly 11 feet.

Doucette also ran on Law’s winning 1,600 meter relay team, which won in 3:36.56.

Bunnell’s 3,200-meter relay team of Mickey Roman, Fabio Rodriguez, Ahsantay Manning and Alex Ghajar also collected a meet record, running 8:36.73 to erase the mark of 8:41.2 set by Law in 2010.

Also tying a meet record was Law’s Herbie Pritchard, who cleared 6-feet to tie the mark of Nik Griswold from Foran who set it in 2012 and tied it in 2013.