Track and field: Jonathan Law led by Smith, Steiner
The Jonathan Law girls track team captured the Hammonasset Division of the SCC for the third straight season under head coach Linwood Schulte compiling a 13-1 record.
The only loss in the dual meet season came at the hands of eventual SCC champion Shelton High.
The Lady Lawmen placed sixth in the SCC Eastern Sectionals last week, scoring a team total of 65 points with Shelton at 155 points finishing first.
Guilford was the runner-up at 86 points with Hillhouse third at 84 points and Hand fourth at 83 points.
Kiara Smith leaped to victory in the long jump with a first place effort of 17 feet, 8 inches and ran to a second place finish in the 100 at 12.28.
Olivia Steiner finished second in the long jump at 16 feet, 8 inches.
Smith, the 2016 Class MM champion in the 200 meters, will be heading to Southern Connecticut State University in the fall to become a member of the Owls track team.
Steiner, the 2016 Class MM long jump champion, will be a member of the Tufts University track team in the fall.
“Kiara is a state champion and will be competing in the 100, long jump and the 4x100 at this year’s Class MM meet,” said Schulte. “Olivia is also a state champion and will get to defend her title in the long jump at the state meet, along with competing in the high jump and 4x100.
“We are so proud of their accomplishments and to be going on to compete at the collegiate level says a lot about the hard work they both put into the sport.”
Law is versatile and loaded with talent.
That was evident at the Eastern Sectionals with senior Melanie Coleman putting up a second place effort in the triple jump at 33 feet, 10 and one half inches.
The 4x100 relay foursome of Steiner, Smith, Rhea Grant and Holly Caldwell raced to a second place finish in a time of 49.73. Grant also earned fourth place finishes in the 200 and 400 meters.
The Lady Lawmen showed that the versatility goes throughout the lineup with thrower Shawna Winters taking third in the discus at 104 feet, 6 inches and senior Kaela Hoff placing fourth in the shot put at 34 feet, 6 inches.
At the SCC championship, Law faced the same level of competition as at the Sectionals along with the Western Division powerhouses from Hamden, North Haven, Wilbur Cross and Mercy.
Law finished 11th with 30 team points. Shelton overwhelmed the field with 125 points. Hand and Hamden tied for second at 65 points, with Guilford finishing third at 52 points.
Steiner placed second in the long jump at 15 feet, 9 and one half inches.
Winters added several feet to her throws and landed a second place finish in the discus at 111 feet, 5 inches.
The 4x100 relay squad of Steiner, Grant, Caldwell and Coleman ran to a fourth place showing at 51.60.
Hoff threw to a fifth place finish in the shot put and Grant took seventh in the 200 meters.
“There are a lot of Class L and Class LL teams that we faced,” said Schulte. “We finished around the same amount of points as last year and then came within two points of winning a state championship.”
Last year Law placed sixth at the SCC championship and a week later had its best showing ever finishing third in the Class MM with 59 team points in a meet won by Avon with 61 points and runner-up Nonnewaug scoring 60 points.
“Anything can happen at those meets,” said Schulte. “Every year there is different talent. There are a lot of things that need to fall into place to put yourself in a position to win it. But we do have the ability and the talent to win it all. We have athletes that are strong in several different events. And after last year these girls have their sights set on redemption so it’s pretty exciting going into that meet realizing we have a chance to win.”