Wattely, Latham and Sullivan win State Open track titles
New Britain - Montville's Shatajah Wattely and Fitch's Tyler Latham followed in their siblings' footsteps with impressive winning performances at the State Open track and field championships on a windy, cool and rainy Monday at Willowbrook Park.
Wattely, a senior, won the same event as her brother, Darrell, did in 2010, finishing first in the 100-meter dash in 12.24 seconds.
Running in a light dizzle and slight tail wind, Wattely took charge about halfway through the race to beat a strong field.
“Her brother won the class, state and New England title in 100 meters, so that was a special thing for her to be able to do the same thing at the State Open," Montville coach Joel Finnegan said. "I'm sure her brother has reminded her that he won the State Open. That has absolutely been her goal."
Also like her brother, Shatajah had a strong performance in the 200 meters, placing fourth in 25.14. Darrell took third in 2010.
Wattely also ran the anchor leg on the 4x100 team that qualified for the New England meet by finishing fourth in 50.64. The quartet, which also included Alana Lopes, Natalie Bowens and Lauren Hess, came in seeded ninth.
Latham, a sophomore, won the state title in the javelin four years after his brother, Ben, captured that event. Seeded fifth, Tyler outdistanced the field with a winning throw of 177 feet, two inches.
It also was a memorable day for Norwich Free Academy senior Allison Sullivan, who won the pole vault in 11 feet, six inches. Sullivan helped the the Wildcats, who won the Class LL last week, finish fifth overall with 32 points.
Following is a rundown of local finishers:
Girls: NFA junior Briana Lenehan placed in two events, taking fourth in the 1,600 (5:02.20) and fifth in the 800 (2:16.68). The Wildcats also were third in the 4x400 relay (3:59.69).
Other individual scorers for NFA: junior Erin Schaeffer, tied for fifth, high jump (5-0); senior Yana Babbitt, eighth, javelin (115-10). The 4x100 relay team was seventh (50.67).
Ledyard had two competitors place in the top five. In the 100 hurdles, sophomore Chenoa Sebastian was fifth in 15.47 and junior Kylie Fustini was fifth in the discus (116-7).
In the team competition, Montville finished eighth overall with 20 points. Bloomfield won the team title with 65 points.
Boys: East Lyme junior Kevin Foster had the second best individual finish among ECC competitors, taking second in the javelin in 173-10.
Teammate Ben Shaw tied for eighth in the high jump at 5-10.
Junior Nicholas Sumby was Old Saybrook's top finisher, tying for third in the pole vault in 13 feet.
Griswold junior Adam Rock was fourth in the shot put (50-2½) and senior teammate Brian Beckwith finished eighth in the 300 hurdles (40.65).
Competing in his first State Open, Fitch freshman CJ Alumbres was sixth in the triple jump (43-5).
For Old Lyme, senior Nick Walker was seventh in the 1600 (4:21.14). In addition NFA finished fourth in the 4x800 in 8:02.82, while in the 4x100, Waterford was fourth (43.63) and Fitch placed eighth (43.93).
Fitch was the top local finisher, placing 12th with 14 points. Windsor won the team title with 67.
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