Local roundup: NFA's Lewis, Paige Martin win State Open titles
New Britain — Norwich Free Academy's Allyson Lewis and Paige Martin won individual titles and helped the Norwich Free Academy girls' track and field team finish fourth at Monday's CIAC State Open at Willow Brook Park.
Lewis won the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 8 inches, while Martin cleared 11 feet to win the pole vault as the Wildcats finished with 32 points. Danbury won the team title with 58 followed by Windsor (43) and Bloomfield (38).
Lewis also placed third in the long jump (18-4.75) while Martin was one of three NFA athletes to place in the pole vault. Her sister, Madison Martin, wound up fourth (10-6) while Hannah Elliot was eighth (10-0).
The Eastern Connecticut Conference had one other State Open champion as Bacon Academy's Natalie Rolon-Issa captured the shot put with a throw of 41-5.5. She also placed third in the discus (125-0).
In the boys' meet, Stonington's Rhys Hammond, East Lyme's Sam Whittaker and NFA's Jahiem Spruill all took home thirds, Hammond in the 800-meter race (1:54.69), Whittaker in the 1,600 (4:18.46) and Spruill in the high jump (6-4).
Ledyard's Adam Crawford placed in two events, finishing fourth in the 300 hurdles (40.72) and sixth in the javelin (169-1).
Other local place-winners included NFA's Adelino DaViega in the shot put (fourth, 53-6.5), Fitch's Tom Joyner in the discus (fifth, 143-4), NFA's David Osagie in the 110 hurdles (sixth, 14.93), Stonington's Joey Hinckley in the pole vault (sixth, 13-6), NFA's Cam Belton in the shot (eighth, 50-0.25) and NFA's 4x400 relay team of DaViega, Nazaiah Paul, Nathan Cote and Andrew Cote (seventh, 3:25.85.
Bloomfield cruised to the boys' team title with 108 points, easily outdistancing runner-up Hall (43).
• Old Lyme finished fourth in the CIAC Division IV state tournament at Tallwood Country Club in Hebron. The Wildcats finished with 326 strokes, just three behind champion Immaculate (323). Northwest Catholic finished second with 324 and Coginchaug was third with 325.
Old Lyme's Thomas Creagan finished in a tie for fifth for medalist honors with a 6-over 78 while teammates Corey Drummond and Peter Macadam also cracked the top 20, tying for 19th at 82. Coginchaug's Tyler Woodward and St. Paul's Michael Dolce each shot a 76 to share medalist honors.
Wheeler finished 19th with 400 strokes and was led by Bryce Reck, who carded an 87.
East Lyme placed sixth in the CIAC Division II tournament at Stanley Golf Course in New Britain with a stroke total of 341. Hand was the winner with 308 while Waterford placed 15th (364) and Fitch was 18th (382). Waterford's Ryan Sadosky was the top local finisher, trying for 10th at 79, while East Lyme's Evan Kluge tied for 16th with an 80 and Casey Adams led Fitch with an 88. Hand's Matt Doyle shot a 1-under 70 to win medalist honors.
Sun's Jones honored
• Connecticut Sun post Jonquel Jones was named the WNBA's Eastern Conference Player of the Week. Jones averaged 16.8 points, 14.3 rebounds and 2.25 blocked shots for the Sun during their recently completed West Coast road trip.
• Former Montville standout Buddy Dewaine was named to the Fayetteville Regional All-Tournament team after helping Central Connecticut State University go 1-2 in the NCAA games. A junior third baseman, Dewaine went 5-for-9 with an RBI and three runs scored in the last two post-season games.
• UConn football players Keyion Dixon (wide receiver) and Marvin Washington (quarterback) announced via social media their intentions to leave the program and transfer to other schools. Dixon, from Glastonbury, had 44 receptions in two seasons while Washington, who played sparingly, was a candidate to replace graduated starter David Pindell at QB.
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