Langis, relay triumph at State Open meet

Emma Langis clears a hurdle on her way to a first-place finish at the State Open. — Arnold Gold / Hearst Connecticut Media
Emma Langis clears a hurdle on her way to a first-place finish at the State Open. — Arnold Gold / Hearst Connecticut Media

Even though it scored points in only three events, the Ridgefield High girls outdoor track and field team made its presence known at the State Open meet Monday in New Britain.

The Tigers won two of those races and placed fourth in another, amassing 24 points to tie Greenwich for eighth place.

Ridgefield junior Emma Langis remained undefeated in the 300-meter hurdles this postseason, winning the event (for the second straight year) in a time of 44.65 seconds. Langis’s victory followed first-place finishes at the FCIAC and Class LL state meets.

Ridgefield’s other triumph came in the 4×800 relay, as Kate Langis, Rory McGrath, Gabby Viggiano, and Grace Michalowski took first in a time of 9:16.90. The Tigers were three seconds faster than runner-up Simsbury (9:19.90).

 

Kate Langis, Rory McGrath, Gabby Viggiano, and Grace Michalowski (left to right) finished first in a relay for Ridgefield at the State Open.
Kate Langis, Rory McGrath, Gabby Viggiano, and Grace Michalowski (left to right) finished first in a relay for Ridgefield at the State Open.

Ridgefield’s remaining four points came from the 4×400 relay of Emma Langis, Kate Langis, Kasey McGerald, and Michalowski, which finished fifth in 4:02.87.

The Ridgefield boys team had 13 points to tie Sheehan for 21st place at the State Open.

The Tigers did their scoring in two relay races. Chip Coffin, Amit Markos, James Kane, and Simon Jupp combined to finish second in the 4×400 (3:22.26), and Jupp, Charlie King, Coffin, and Markos were fourth in the 4×800 (7:51.04).

In the latter event, Ridgefield was one of four teams to break the previous State Open meet record of 7:51.30, set by Simsbury in 2012. The Tigers finished behind Wilbur Cross (7:47.20), Hall (7:48.17), and Suffield (7:49.44).

Notes: The top-eight finishers in each event scored points, and the top-six finishers qualified for the New England championships.

Danbury won the girls team championship with 58 points. Windsor (43) was second and Bloomfield (38) third.

Bloomfield dominated the boys State Open, finishing first with 108 points. Hall (43) was second and Xavier (30) third.

 

 

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