Stonington's Mooney second after first day of CIAC decathlon
New Britain — Stonington High School's Josh Mooney sits in second place after the first day of the CIAC decathlon championships held Tuesday at Willow Brook Park.
Mooney, a sophomore, has 3,213 points after the first five events and trails Haddam-Killingworth senior Eamon Sweeney, the first day leader with 3,484 points. The final five events will be held on Wednesday.
It was a good first day for local Eastern Connecticut Conference athletes, who occupy five of the top nine spots.
New London's Marquis White sits in third place with 2,969 points while Bacon Academy's Peyton Adams is fourth (2,957), New London's Jahryn Harkness is sixth (2,909) and Bacon's Jake Martino is ninth (2,815).
Mooney, Whyte and Adams all won individual events, with Mooney capturing the 100-meter dash in 11.36 seconds, Whyte winning the 400 in 51.31 seconds and Adams winning the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 7 inches.
Mooney added a third in the 400 (52.33) and fourths in the high jump (5-10) and shot put (39-1) while Harkness also had three top five finishes in the 100 (fourth, 11.58), 400 (fifth, 52.25) and long jump (fifth, 19-4).
Griswold's Anthony Gaeta, who sits in 20th place with 2,777 points, added a top five finish in the shot put (fourth, 39-1) while Lyman Memorial's Dylan Lucey tied for second in the high jump (6-0) and is 13th overall with 2,757 points.
Also completing the first day were Stonington's Chris Mooney (17th, 2,662 points), Stonington's Phoenix Glaza (29th, 2,316), Fitch's Om Patel (36th, 2,148), Lyman's Max Hussey (45th, 1,855), Bacon's Carson Brown (47th, 1,756) and Fitch's Collin Riley (49th, 1,504).
In the girls' heptathlon, Stonington's Teagan O'Brien is in 10th place after the first four events with 2,107 points. O'Brien, a senior, had a pair of top 10 finishes in the 100 hurdles (eighth, 17.09) and shot put (eighth, 25-4). Her Stonington teammate, junior Nancy Inthasit, is in 20th place with 1,780 points that included a fourth in the 200 (26.71).
Other locals finishing the first day we Bacon Academy's Catherine Misbach (23rd, 1,708), Bacon's Megan Purcell (29th, 1,601), Lyman Memorial's Olivia Dunnack (30th, 1,585), Bacon's Sarah Vilardo (33rd, 1,543) and Lyman's Kasey Cook (36th, 1,408).
Barlow's Mariella Schweitzer is the first-day leader with 2,589 points.
Also contested on Tuesday was the girls' 2,000-meter steeplechase, which was won by Rachel St. Germain of Somers in 7:16.03. Three local runners also competed with Lyman's Jessica Casey finishing 17th in 8:16.41, Bacon's Jordan Malloy finishing 24th in 8:31.45 and Lyman's Kate Anderson finishing 32nd in 8:44.42.
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