Whalers’ Arnold a triple winner at ECC Div. I-II championships
East Lyme — It’s been somewhat of a dizzying progression, really, for New London High School sophomore Darielys Arnold.
A sophomore, Arnold never long jumped prior to this winter’s indoor track season, then won the Class M state championship and finished 12th in the emerging elite division at Nike Indoor Nationals in New York.
On Monday, Arnold was a triple-winner at the Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I-II girls’ track and field championship, winning the 100 meters (12.63 seconds), the long jump (17 feet, 11 inches) and running a leg of the Whalers first-place 4x100 relay along with teammates Kmara Royster, Tatiana Pemberton and Leilani Robinson (50.07).
And Arnold did so rather confidently for a young woman who was nervous about speaking to reporters just this winter.
“The difference from indoor to outdoor I’ve seen in her is insane,” New London coach Natalie Bowens said. “I didn’t expect to see this from her until at least next year.
“Even as far as the way she handles losing or if she doesn’t do her best. Indoor she’d be really hard on herself. I would try to talk to her but she wouldn’t want to talk to me. She wouldn’t hear me. She wouldn’t listen. Now, just the thing I’m most proud of is the way she handles it when she loses and she doesn’t do as well. She handles it with such grace now.
“She’s already shining in everything she does and she’s only a sophomore.”
Woodstock Academy won the championship’s team title with 129 points, dethroning two-time defending champion East Lyme, which finished second with 118. Norwich Free Academy was third with 107 and New London fourth with 93.
New London climbed as high as second place in the team standings after the meet’s first nine events following wins from the 4x100 team, two from Arnold and one from Royster in the 100 hurdles (16.23).
Basketball state champion Nalyce Dudley was second in the 200 and in the high jump and Natalie Kemp third in the shot put.
“It was my first year (jumping) but once I got the taste of it, I really liked it,” said the 5-foot-2 Arnold, who complimented the teammates that surrounded her. “Honestly, sometimes I would lose if I didn’t have them with me. Sometimes I can hear the cheers in the background and it just makes me faster, kind of, because it’s encouraging more.”
Arnold said attending nationals, in which she competed in the 60 meters and long jump, was “really overwhelming.”
“If you get (disqualified), this one boy got DQed and they put his face up on the big TV and they zoomed onto his face. I did not want to get DQed,” Arnold said.
Woodstock Academy’s Juliet Allard won the 200 (26.59) and the 300 hurdles (47.31), while Ledyard’s Kate Littler took the 800 in 2:26.38 and ran a leg of the Colonels’ winning 4x800 relay, joining Samatha Doran, Josephine Withbroe and Ella Stephenson.
NFA, meanwhile, got multiple wins from Hannah Graham, who won the discus (115-4) and shot put (37-07.5) and from sophomore Riley Davis, who won the 400 in a personal best 1:00.92 and also ran the anchor leg of the Wildcats’ first-place 4x400 relay, joining Karina Chan, Lily Gilbert and Sofia Ayer.
“In the 400, I was seeded second so I knew I had a chance of winning,” Davis said. “I’m really proud of myself. In the beginning of the season I was having a hard time getting my time (down). I was running like 66 (seconds) or 64, so I was having a hard time. Running a 60 today was a pretty big PR for me.”
New London, meanwhile, will lose Royster to graduation. She will attend the Parsons School of Design in New York City, changing directions from track.
Bowens, in her second season with the Whalers, will hope for more numbers in the future to go along with her existing talent pool.
“That would be the ultimate goal one day,” Bowens said, “to just have numbers like the bigger schools because we have a lot of talent. If we could get the numbers, I think we could start making some noise.
“It’s a great team. We’re a family and it really shows once we get to meets and we come together. They cheer each other on. It’s a really special team this year.”
1. Woodstock Academy, 129; 2. East Lyme, 118; 3. Norwich Free Academy, 107; 4. New London, 93; 5. Ledyard, 77; 6. Bacon Academy, 62; 7. Waterford, 53; 8. Stonington, 32; 9. Fitch, 30.
100-meter dash: 1. Darielys Arnold (NL), 12.63 seconds; 2. Juliet Allard (WA); 3. Lauren Hinckley (EL); 4. Caroline Holmberg (NFA); 5. Leilani Robinson (NL); 6. Tahjanae Knight (F).
200: 1. Juliet Allard (WA), 26.59; 2. Nalyce Dudley (NL); 3. Ava Pitruzzello (EL); 4. Leilani Robinson (NL); 5. Sarah Conti (W); 6. Sydney Arustei (EL).
400: 1. Riley Davis (NFA), 1:00.92; 2. Ella Stephenson (L); 3. Saniyah Otero (BA); 4. Talia Tremblay (WA); 5. Elle Dibuono (W); 6. Rachel Quadrato (EL).
800: 1. Kate Littler (L), 2:26.38; 2. Isabell D’Alleva-Bochain (WA); 3. Sofia Ayer (NFA); 4. Emma Forde (F); 5. Molly Musselman (S); 6. Aranza Torres (EL).
1,600: 1. Avery Anderson (BA), 5:38.54; 2. Addison Labbe (S); 3. Julia Coyle (WA); 4. Olivia Tracy (WA); 5. Caroline Daugherity (EL); 6. Melinda McKenzie (BA).
3,200: 1. Avery Maiese (W), 11:45.74; 2. Peyton Vanderstreet (S); 3. Kennedy Holsapple (EL); 4. Addison Labbe (S); 5. Josephine Withbroe (L); 6. Julia Coyle (WA).
100 hurdles: 1. Kmara Royster (NL), 16.23; 2. Megan Braga (BA); 3. Isabella Sorrentino (WA); 4. Nikhita Bolineni (EL); 5. Keara Opalenik (L); 6. Zoe Carlson (BA).
300 hurdles: 1. Juliet Allard (WA), 47.31; 2. Emma Wietknecht (WA); 3. Sophia Seguin (EL); 4. Tatiana Jones (NFA); 5. Colleen Corman (W); 6. Kaitlyn Titus (NFA).
4x100 relay: 1. New London (Kmara Roytster,Tatiana Pemberton, Leilani Robinson, Darielys Arnold), 50.09; 2. East Lyme; 3. Waterford; 4. Bacon; 5. Ledyard, 6, NFA.
4x400 relay: 1. NFA (Riley Davis, Karina Chan, Lily Gilbert, Sofia Ayer), 4:13.18; 2. Ledyard; 3. Waterford; 4. East Lyme; 5. Woodstock; 6. Bacon.
4x800 relay: 1. Ledyard (Samantha Doran, Josephine Withbroe, Ella Stephenson, Kate Littler), 10:04.81; 2. Waterford; 3. NFA; 4. Woodstock; 5. East Lyme; 6. Stonington.
High jump: 1. Alyssa Blanchette (BA), 4 feet, 10 inches; 2. Nalyce Dudley (NL); 3. Keara Opalenik (L); 4. (tie) Gracy Blackwood (EL) and Kmara Royster (NL); 6. Jillian Edwards (WA).
Long jump: 1. Darielys Arnold (NL), 17-11; 2. Jayla Washingtno (EL); 3. Riley Davis (NFA); 4. Reegan Reynolds (WA); 5. Tatiana Pemberton (NL); 6. Sarah Louissaint (NFA).
Triple jump: 1. Lauren Hinckley (EL), 36-0.5; 2. Sophia Seguin (EL); 3. Reegan Reynolds (WA); 4. Tatiana Pemberton (NL); 5. Marin Singletary (S); 5. Isabella Schweitzer (L).
Pole vault: 1. Alexis Boyer (NFA), 10-0; 2. (tie) Lacey-Lee Keramidas (EL) and Lily Gilbert (NFA); 4. Elya Anor (NFA); 5. Magdalena Myslenski (WA); (tie) 6. Eve Slemp (EL) Joselyn Salerno (EL).
Discus: 1. Heather Graham (NFA), 115-4; 2. Magdalena Myslenski (WA); 3. Sophia Quinn (WA); 4. Lacey-Lee Keramidas (EL); 5. Sierra Bryte (F); 6. Adrianna Benjamin (NL).
Javelin: 1. Magdalena Myslenski (WA), 101-10; 3. Trinity Cason (L); 3. Linda Holeman (L); 4. Hailey DeNucci (EL); 5. Hannah Hurley (F); 6. Leah Hochholzer (BA).
Shot put: 1. Hannah Graham (NFA), 37-7.5; 2. Isabella Sorrentino (WA), 3. Natalie Kemp (NL); 4. Anessa Robertson (Ledyard). 5. Adrianna Benjamin (NL); 6. Alyssa Blanchette (BA).
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