Ledyard, New London break the top five at Class M indoor track

New Haven — New Fairfield went 1-2-3 in the 3,200-meter race to break a tie with Ledyard and the Rebels went on to win the CIAC Class M boys' indoor track and field championship on Friday night at the Floyd Little Athletic Center.

The Colonels, winners of the Eastern Connecticut Conference Large Division title, had tied the meet at 35-35 just one event earlier following a 1-2 finish by JoJo Shumaker and Joe Carter in the long jump, but New Fairfield used the 24 points earned in the 3,200 to finish with 60 points. Ledyard wound up placing fourth with 35 and New London finished fifth with 32.

While Shumaker won the long jump (21 feet 5½ inches) followed by Carter (20-11½), Carter was also an individual winner for Ledyard, capturing the 300 in 35.87 seconds. In addition, Waterford's Julio Gil-Martinez won the 55 dash in 6.54 seconds and New London's 4x200 relay team of Nico Ramos, Jose Garcia, Orrin Parke and Dante Alson was victorious in 1:33.61.

In the girls' meet, Ledyard's Chenoa Sebastian and New London's Francine Jacque were individual champions and Tolland won the team title with 72 points. Sebastian won the 55 hurdles in 8.53 seconds and Jacque captured the 300 in 41.38 (she was also third in the 600 in 1:41.41).

As for the boys' meet, ECC competitors dominated the sprinting events. In the 55 dash, Gil-Martinez edged the Whalers' Parke by just one one-hundreth of a second and Garcia was fifth in 6.76. And in the 300, Carter was followed by Gil-Martinez (36.22) while Park beat Waterford's Bishme Sheppard in a photo finish for fourth (both were timed in 37.07).

Ledyard's other points came from Bryce Hedman in the 1,600 (4th, 4:38.14), Brandon Chesnut in the shot put (5th, 45-9) and the 4x800 relay team of Aaron Norica, Hedman, Max Armstrong and Trey DeAndrade (6th, 8:46.92), while New London's Ramos was second in the high jump (6 feet), East Lyme's Brandon Dinsmore was second in the 600 (1:24.73), East Lyme's Greg Atkinson was fifth in the 55 hurdles (8.37) and Stonington's 4x200 relay team of Matt Prue, Jason Curioso, Kyle Whalen and Ulysses Sepulveda was fourth (1:38.80).

Other local place-winners in the girls' met were New London's Mercedes Santos in the high jump (tied for 2nd, 5 feet) and Waterford's Savonnah Artis in the 55 dash (4th, 7.54) while Stonington's Elizabeth Morrison placed in three events - the shot put (3rd, 34-3), high jump (4th, 4-10) and 55 hurdles (5th, 9.46).


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