Montville hosts ECC track & field championships today

It was earlier this week that Fitch and Ledyard high schools matched up in boys' track to settle the Eastern Connecticut Large Division, with Fitch sweeping the high jump to hold the slightest edge over the Colonels, 76-74.

The teams will not only see each other again in today's ECC championship at Montville (9:30 a.m.), but will also meet in the Class MM state meet June 3 at Wethersfield.

Fitch won last year's ECC championship for the second straight time with 122 points, followed by Ledyard (92) and East Lyme (77).

The Falcons were led by Tyler Latham, who won both hurdles events and was second in the javelin.

Norwich Free Academy won the girls' title a year ago for the sixth straight season with 132 points, topping East Lyme (94.5) and Plainfield 81.

Latham is the top seed in his three events. He threw the javelin 206 feet, 10 inches this year at the Middletown Invitational and should he replicate that feat today would break the ECC record of his older brother Ben (198-8, 2008).

Also, New London's Orrin Parke is the top seed in the 200 and 400 meters, but will have tough competition in both, especially with a 200 field that features Ledyard's Joe Carter, Waterford's Julio Gil-Martinez and NFA's Andris Vital.

Carter is seeded first in the long jump and triple jump.

In girls' competition, Waterford's Savonnah Artis is seeded first in the 100 (12.81) and the triple jump (35-10). - Vickie Fulkerson

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