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Stonington's Mooney second, Bacon's Adams fifth in CIAC decathlon

New Britain — Stonington's Josh Mooney finished second in the CIAC decathlon championship on Wednesday at Willow Brook Park.

Mooney, a sophomore, finished with 5,507 points in the two-day, 10-event meet, falling off the pace on Day 2 set by Haddam-Killingworth senior Eamon Sweeney, who won the championship with 6,365 points.

Mooney was one of four Eastern Connecticut Conference athletes to finish among the top seven. Bacon Academy junior Peyton Adams finished fifth with 5,033 points, Lyman Memorial senior Dylan Lucey was sixth with 4,968 points and Bacon senior Jake Martin was seventh with 4,961.

New London senior Marquis White just missed out on a spot in the top 10, placing 11th with 4,897 points while Griswold junior Anthony Gaeta was 14th (4,712), Stonington senior Chris Mooney was 18th (4,544), New London senior Jahryn Harkness was 20th (4,496) and Stonington junior Phoenix Glaza was 30th (3,728).

The Whalers' White had the lone local win of the day, capturing the day's final event (1,500 meters) in 4 minutes, 33.48 seconds). Mooney had a pair of seconds in the 110 hurdles (14.98) and javelin (158 feet, 6 inches), while Martino had a second in the discus (130-4) and fifth in javelin (136-7), Lucey had fourths in the 110 hurdles (15.94) and 1,500 (4:52.80), and Gaeta had a third in the discus (126-11).

Three individual boys' events were also held on Wednesday. Newtown's Aidan Budge won the 2,000 steeplechase in 7:00.1, Tolland's Jackson Cayward won the 3,000 steeplechase in 9:34.22, and Coventry's Alex Krause won the hammer with a throw of 197 feet, 4 inches.

Among the local finishers, Lyman's Grayson LeMay was fourth in the 2,000 steeplechase (7:22.46), Fitch's Viraj Bokhiria was 10th (7:33.58), Fitch's Kaiden Chandler was 17th (8:02.85) and Bacon's Julius Totten was 18th (8:08.56), and Lyman's Shane Franson was 17th (11:09.56) in the 3,000 steeplechase.

In girls' events completed Wednesday, Barlow's Mariella Schweitzer won the two-day, seven-event heptathlon with 3,975 points and Hillhouse's Leah Moore won the hammer with a throw of 153 feet, 5 inches.

There were no local competitors in the hammer, but five locals completed the heptathlon with Stonington's Teagan O'Brien finishing 11th with 3,341 points followed by teammate Nancy Inthasit (24th, 2,769), Bacon's Catherine Misbach (26th, 2,755), Lyman's Olivia Dunnack (27th, 2,730) and Bacon's Meghan Purcell (31st, 2,596).

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