Local roundup: NFA girls win 4x400 relay at New England meet
New Britain - Norwich Free Academy captured the girls' 4x400-meter relay in the final event of the New England Track and Field Championship on Saturday at Willow Brook Park.
MiaLynne Park, Camille McKenzie, Brianna Lenehan and Dyshelle Pemberton dominated the race, finishing in 3 minutes, 52.18 seconds, nearly three seconds faster than runnerup Mansfield (Mass.), which finished in 3:55.05.
The relay team provided the region with its only champion, but two other Eastern Connecticut Conference athletes won events - Woodstock Academy's Jake Almquist in the boys' high jump (6 feet, 9 inches) and Windham's Joe Fogarasi in the boys' pole vault (15-3).
Four local athletes had third-place performances, Ledyard's Chenoa Sebastian in the girls' 100 hurdles (14.84 seconds), teammate Kylie Fustini in the girls' discus (134-5), Montville's Natalie Bowens in the girls' triple jump (37-1¾) and NFA's Kylie Liang in the boys' 800 (1:54.08).
Sebastian broke Julia Saccone's school record of 14.87 set in 2007 while Fustini broke her own record of 133-2 set last season.
Other top boys' performances were turned in by East Lyme's Kevin Foster in the javelin (4th, 186-4), Fitch's Tyler Latham in the 300 hurdles (4th, 39.46) and javelin (15th, 159-10), Ledyard's Joe Carter in the 200 (5th, 22.16), Fitch's Lexus Gordon in the long jump (6th, 22-0) and triple jump (14th, 43-0), Ledyard's Kyle Wilson in the shot put (8th, 51-9½) and Ledyard's 4x100 relay team of Carter, Steve Servedio, Alex Paterson and Alex Hintz-Valdez (6th, 43.09).
Other top girls' performances were turned in by NFA's Pemberton in the 400 (7th, 47.39), NFA's Lenehan in the 800 (9th, 2:15.19), NFA's Erin Schaeffer in the high jump (10th, 5-3), Montville's Sonja Campbell in the shot put (13th, 36-3), Ledyard's Fustini in the shot put (15th, 36-10) and NFA's 4x100 relay team of McKenzie, Park, Taylor Driggers and Lauren Knerr (10th, 49.71).
• UConn sophomore pitcher Carson Cross was selected in the 24th round (719th overall) of the Major League First-Year Player Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Cross, who has the option to return to the Huskies, was 9-4 with a 2.44 ERA and was a second team All-Big East pick. He pitched nine-plus innings in UConn's 3-2, 12 inning win over regular-season champion Louisville that began the Huskies' run to the Big East title then picked up UConn's lone win in the NCAA tournament, working 6.1 innings and allowing one run in a 5-2 victory over Virginia Tech.
• Waterford's Colin O'Keefe, a left-handed pitcher who completed his junior season at Virginia Tech, was selected in the 33rd round (997th overall) by the Los Angeles Angels. O'Keefe, the 2010 Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year, has pitched sparingly during his three seasons with the Hokies, although he was 2-0 in five starts in 2012.
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