Langis leads Ridgefield at State Open track meet

Emma Langis stumbled over the final hurdle and dove for the finish line ...

... and she still finished first in yet another school-record time.

Langis, a Ridgefield High sophomore, survived that late mishap to (barely) win the 300-meter hurdles at Monday's State Open girls outdoor track and field meet at Willow Brook Park in New Britain. Her time of 44.38 seconds lowered the mark of 44.75 that she had set earlier this season.

Langis was able to hold off Griswold senior Kalli 'Ana Botelho, who was second in 44.41 seconds.

"Emma was way ahead going into the last hurdle when she stuttered on her approach and then stumbled going over the hurdle," said Ridgefield head coach John Goetz. "I think she lost her rhythm by glancing at the race clock and seeing she was en route to an incredible time."

Langis's victory contributed half of Ridgefield's scoring, as the Tigers finished 10th in the team standings with 20 points — just eight points behind third-place Danbury (28 points).

Southington was first with 35 points, three more than runner-up Bloomfield.

Ridgefield received eight more points from its 4x400 relay team of Carolyn Donovan, Anna Landler, Grace Michalowsk, and Langis, which finished second in a time of  3:58.85 despite competing in a slower heat.

Junior Gabriella Viggiano completed Ridgefield's scoring with a seventh-place finish in the 1,600 (5:08.06).

Notes: The Ridgefield boys finished in a three-way tie for 26th in the team standings with nine points.

The Tigers' points came in two relay races. Ethan MacKenzie, Charles Coffin, Kevin Arnold, and Simon Jupp were third in the 4x800 (8:02.50), and Aidan Williams, Jupp, Arnold, and Mitchell van der Noll combined to finish sixth in the 4x400 (3:24.96).

Danbury won the boys team title with 51 points. Derby was second with 46.50 points.

The top-six finishers in each event qualified for the New England championships.