H.S. track roundup: Strickland helps lift Montville girls to Medium title

Colchester - The Montville High School girls' outdoor track and field team has always had quality over quantity.

The Indians have depth this season and, because of it, a division championship.

Kiah Strickland won three events and teamed with Hannah Marchini, Abby McAdams, and Caitlin Turney to win the 4x400-meter relay as unbeaten Montville downed Bacon Academy 84-66 Monday to win the Eastern Connecticut Conference Medium Division title.

"We're a pretty young team," Montville coach Joel Finnegan said. "Almost half of our kids are new this year, so we've come a long way. A lot of those younger kids have improved significantly and given us quality depth throughout 18 events. We've had some pretty good kids the last couple of years, but we haven't been a strong dual meet team because we haven't had depth. This year, that's kind of been the key for us. We can put quality kids in every event."

Strickland won the 100 hurdles (16.81 seconds), 300 hurdles (50.3) and javelin (100 feet, 7 inches) for Montville (8-0, 5-0). Maddy Campbell also won the triple jump (33-9) and discus (81-8).

The Indians' other winners were Nadia Dallas (100, 12.81), Abby Baukus (3,200, 12:47.8), Kelly Kloner (shot put, 27-5.5) and McAdams (high jump, 4-10).

In other meets:

• Alicia Moroyoqui won a pair of events and Fitch swept the three relays en route to a 96-54 victory over Ledyard in the ECC Large Division. Moroyoqui led 1-2-3 sweeps of the 1,600 (5:52.0) and 800 (2:50.9) for the Falcons (2-4, 1-3), who also picked up individual wins from Joann Chen (400, 1:06), Stephanie James (200, 28.7), Sydney Spruill (high jump, 5-7), Sonorra Simmonds (discus, 88-1) and Tavoia James (shot put, 29-5.5). Chenoa Sebastian won the 100 (12.8), 100 hurdles (14.7), 300 hurdles (49.1) and long jump (15-9.5) for Ledyard (0-6, 0-4), while Ari Fustini captured the triple jump (30-5) and javelin (99-11).

• Savonnah Artis took the 100 (13.4), 200 (27.4), triple jump (35-10) and ran a leg on the winning 4x100 relay in Waterford's 81-61 victory over Stonington in the ECC Medium Division. Isabella Jenne added wins in the shot put and discus for Waterford (2-4, 2-3). Ali Cullen won both hurdle events for Stonington (1-6, 1-4).

• Mia Santana won the 400 (1:05.6) and the long jump (15-10) in New London's 97-48 loss to Killingly in the ECC Medium Division. Ahneesa Wellington added a win in the shot put and Nishante Pearson took the discus for New London (1-8, 0-5).

• Erica Massad, Caitlyn Dittman and Courtney Rose won individual events in St. Bernard's 108-33 loss to Lyman Memorial in the ECC Small Division. Massad won the 300 hurdles (55.3), Dittman the shot put (24-3) and Rose the discus (85-3) for the Saints (1-8, 1-4).

Boys

• Jelani Lucas won the 300 hurdles (44.97), the long jump (19-10), the high jump (5-4), and triple jump (40-6) and teamed with Doug Foy, Kevin Shaw-Small and Mike Commander to win the 4x100 (47.0) as New London beat Killingly 88.5-45.5 in an ECC Medium meet. Xavier Jones won the 1,600 (4:59), the 3,200 (11:28) and teamed with Juan Hernandez, Joel Velez and Shaw-Small to win the 4x400 (4:02.2). Also, Velez won the 100 (11.7) and Hernandez the 400 (54.5).

• Jared Ayers and Konstantinos Lanis were double-winners as East Lyme defeated Woodstock Academy 92.5-57.5 in the ECC Large Division. Ayers won the 100 (11.4) and 400 (54.6) for the Vikings (4-4, 1-3) while Lanis captured the long jump (16-8) and high jump (5-4).

• Julio Gil-Martinez won the 100 (11.6), 200 (23.2) and ran a leg on a pair of first-place relay teams in Waterford's 105-45 victory over Stonington in the ECC Medium Division. Jake Ryan won the shot put and discus for Stonington (2-5, 1-4). Waterford is 3-3, 2-3.

• Jon Cabral won the 300 hurdles (65.36), the triple jump (39-1) and the high jump (5-8) for St. Bernard in its 82-47 loss to Lyman Memorial in the ECC Small. Jon Burianek won the 1,600 (5:26) and 3,200 (11:56) for the Saints (0-9, 0-5) while Charles Rose won the long jump (19-10) and teamed with Sam Britner, James Rose and Gabriel Britos to win the 4x800 (9:32.4). Also, Ben Ellery won the 110 hurdles (20.92).

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