Ridgefield boys second, girls fourth at FCIACs
Led by relay triumphs and several impressive individual performances, the Ridgefield High boys and girls indoor track and field teams each had top-four finishes at the FCIAC championships Thursday in New Haven.
The Ridgefield boys team had 53 points to edge Staples (50 points) for second place behind Danbury, which won its fifth consecutive conference title with 88 points.
With 35 points, the Ridgefield girls team finished fourth behind Greenwich (122 points), Danbury (100 points), and Fairfield Ludlowe (72 points).
The RHS boys team got 20 of its points from a pair of victories: Justin Showstead won the shot put with a toss of 49 feet, 10.5 inches, and Ian Dyson, James Kane, Mitchell van der Noll and Francisco Turdera combined to win the 4x240-meter relay in a time of 1:35.53.
Adding second-place finishes for the Tigers were Oliver Hayes in the pole vault (12'6"), Simon Jupp in the 600-meter race (1:26.79), and Thomas Vilinskis in the 55-meter hurdles (8.08).
Jupp, Kevin Arnold, van der Noll, and Kane teamed to finish second in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:32.35.
Jupp supplied Ridgefield's final point with a sixth-place finish in the 300-meter dash (36.63).
The Ridgefield girls got a first-place finish from their 4x800 relay team of Anna Landler, Grace Michalowski, Gabriella Viggiano, and Emma Langis (9:40.63).
The Tigers also scored points in the three other relays: Samantha Petruzzelli, Carrina Dabroi, Alyssa Gagnon, and Michalowski were third in the sprint medley (4:25.85); Caitlin Slaminko, Landler, Michalowski, and Langis finished third in the 4x400 (4:12.57); and Petruzzelli, Carolyn Donovan, Tasha Riek, and Dabroi placed fourth in the 4x200 (1:51.85).
Ridgefield's remaining points came in the 600-meter race, as Langis finished second (1:38.07) and Landler placed sixth (1:42.61).