Greenwich edges Danbury for first outright FCIAC Boys Outdoor Track and Field title since 1976

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DANBURY — Greenwich’s Zachary Carifa won the 110-meter hurdles and had to just keep running to make his jump in the high jump, which was starting immediately after.

Carifa’s hustle along with the effort of the rest of the Cardinals helped deliver the school’s first outright FCIAC Outdoor Boys Track and Field Championship since 1976. They were co-champions with Staples in 1990.

Greenwich had finished second in the last two FCIAC meets in 2019 and 2021, making the wait even longer.

After winning the final relay of the day, the 4x400, the team had to sweat the results of the triple jump which was still in progress.

When the dust settled, Greenwich finished with 110 points with Danbury coming in second (106) and Trumbull placing third (67).

“We needed every single point today and these guys came through. A lot of kids did an amazing job,” Greenwich coach Jeff Klein said. “We lost a few kids to illness and injury today before the meet and a lot of kids stepped up and did a great job. It was incredibly close with Danbury and we needed everybody. I am so proud of these kids. Forty-eight years is a long time to wait to be on top again and it feels great.”

Carifa won the hurdles, came in second in the high jump and placed fifth in the long jump for the Cardinals.

“We have come short by two points the past few years and have come in second so many times,” Carifa said. “This is my last year and I just wanted to win so much. It means a lot. I was running out of time to take my high jump and I saw the hurdles set up and I said ‘oh my God.’ I got to the finish of hurdles and ran right over to high jump.”

Danbury had won six of the last seven FCIAC Boys Outdoor Track and Field Championships and has won it all 17 times since 2001.

Kyle Thomas of Danbury won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.05 and came in third in the 200.

“I felt great. It means a lot to me,” Thomas said. “I won the 55 indoor and I wanted to come out here and defend my title.”

Danbury also got a win from Christian Jolly, who won the 300 hurdles with a time of 42.10.

Greenwich picked up additional wins in the 1,600 with Zachary Jelinek winning at 4:18.95; the 200 with Andrew O’Donnell winning at 21.86 and in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:25.42, clinching the team title.

Duke Quermorllue of Norwalk won the high jump with a jump of 6-04.00.

“I recently got back from an injury and I came back today and felt good and I knew I would do well today,” Quermorllue said. “I tied my PR and I was very close to getting 6-05 but didn’t get it today. Hopefully next week can get it. It’s all good.”

Marques Singleton of McMahon won the shot put with a throw of 47-06.00; Chance Teel of Norwalk took home the triple jump with a leap of 41-09.00

“I’ve been lifting almost every day and getting stronger all season,” Singleton said. “This means a lot to bring this home to McMahon.”

Steven Ditelberg from Ludlowe won the pole vault with a jump of 14-06.00.

“I started very slow, I was feeling very sluggish and tired, but most of my meets when I feel like that, I do well,” Ditelberg said. “I tried a new pole today which was five pounds heavier and a little stiffer. On my third attempt I got through a mental block and was really close to getting 15 feet.”

In the 800, sophomore Steven Hergenrother of Ridgefield crossed the finish line first with a time of 1:56.29.

“I have only run 4x800 relays and haven’t run an open 800 yet, but last season in indoor, I ran it,” Hergenrother said. “My time was around what I was expecting and I was really happy with my time and the result. I would not have expected this at the start of the season. It really means a lot.”

In the javelin, Will Harmon from Staples won with a throw of 150-05.

“These were my best throws of the season by far,” Harmon said. “I have no idea how I did it, it just came out of nowhere. I never expected to have this medal around my neck.”

Ryan Johnson of Wilton won the long jump with a leap of 20-09.00 and Mike Prizio of Trumbull rounded out the field events by winning the discus with a throw of 131-10.

Mohammed Abunar from Trumbull took home first in the 3,200 with a time of 9:38.69 and Kyle Bloomer from Darien won the 400 in 49.37.

Norwalk won the 4x100 relay and Ludlowe took the 4x800.; @EricsonSports


TEAM SCORES: 1. Greenwich 110, 2. Danbury 106, 3. Trumbull 67, 4. Norwalk 66, 5. Darien 63, 6. Fairfield Ludlowe 56, 7. Ridgefield 48, 8. Staples 42, 9. Wilton 34, 10. St. Joseph 28, 11. New Canaan 20, 12. Brien McMahon 18, 13. Harding 15, 14. Fairfield Warde 14, 15. Stamford 9, 16. Westhill 5

HIGH JUMP: 1. Duke Quermorllue, Norwalk, 6-04.00; 2. Zachary Carifa, Greenwich, 6-02.00; 3. Charnez Perkins, Danbury, 5-10.00 POLE VAULT: 1. Steven Ditelberg, Fairfield Ludlowe, 14-06.00; 2. Bennett Hemphill, Fairfield Ludlowe, 14-00.00; 3. Derek Amlicke, Staples, 12-06.00; LONG JUMP: 1. Ryan Johnson, Wilton, 20-09.00; 2. Jayden Leroy, Danbury, 20-03.25; 3. Miles Bradley, Fairfield Ludlowe, 20-03.00; SHOT PUT: 1. Marques Singleton, McMahon, 47-06.00; 2. Liam Nguyen, Ridgefield, 45-10.00; 3. Sebastien Pierre, Norwalk, 45-00.50; JAVELIN: 1. Will Harmon, Staples, 150-05; 2. Javier Perez-Soto, New Canaan, 149-05; 3. Matt Morrissey, St. Joseph, 142-01; TRIPLE JUMP: 1. Chance Teel, Norwalk, 41-09.00; 2. Joshua Morales, Danbury, 41-08.00; 3. Justin Oliver, Norwalk, 41-04.75; DISCUS: 1. Mike Prizio, Trumbull, 131-10; 2. Niko Konstantinidis, Trumbull, 123-00; 3. Joseph Addotta, Ridgefield, 121-03; 4x800: 1. Fairfield Ludlowe, 8:09.70; 2. Staples, 8:12.65; 3. Greenwich, 8:16.37; 4x100: 1. Norwalk, 43.44; 2. Danbury, 43.77; 3. Greenwich, 44.19; 1600: 1. Zachary Jelinek, Greenwich, 4:18.95; 2. Malcolm McCormick, Wilton, 4:19.28; 3. Mohammed Abunar, Trumbull, 4:20.38; 110 HURDLES: 1. Zachary Carifa, Greenwich, 15.66; 2. Evan Dadson, Trumbull, 15.73; 3. Christian Jolly, Danbury, 16.09 100 DASH: 1. Kyle Thomas, Danbury, 11.05; 2. Andrew O'Donnell, Greenwich, 11.19; 3. Deandre Duncan, Harding, 11.29; 400 DASH: 1. Kyle Bloomer, Darien, 49.37; 2. Gianluca Bianchi, Greenwich, 49.57; 3. Harrison Goldenberg, Greenwich, 51.31 200 DASH: 1. Andrew O’Donnell, Greenwich, 21.86; 2. Deandre Duncan, Harding, 22.60; 3. Kyle Thomas, Danbury, 22.65 300 HURDLES: 1. Christian Jolly, Danbury, 42.10; 2. Zion Paul, Norwalk, 42.11; 3. Shaan Parekh, Greenwich, 42.22 800: 1. Steven Hergenrother, Ridgefield, 1:56.29; 2. Tyler Bartlett, Fairfield Ludlowe, 1:57.81; 3. Christopher Twombly, Danbury, 1:58.04; 3200: 1. Mohammed Abunar, Trumbull, 9:38.69; 2. Ethan Carty, Fairfield Ludlowe, 9:41.47; 3. Matthew McDonough, Ridgefield, 9:42.90 4X400: 1. Greenwich, 3:25.42; 2. Darien, 3:26.22; 3. Trumbull, 3:28.24