Ridgefield boys third, girls 10th at Class LL track
A little more than a week after placing second at the conference championship, the Ridgefield High boys indoor track and field team continued its post-season resurgence Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers scored 32 points to edge Glastonbury (31 points) and finish third at the Class LL state championship meet at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven.
Danbury was first with 52 points, followed by Staples in second place with 37 points.
More than half of Ridgefield's points came from two events. Mitchell van der Noll, Francisco Turdera, Simon Jupp, and Kevin Arnold combined to win the sprint medley relay (3:40:84), and Thomas Vilinskis finished second in the 55-meter hurdles (8.07).
The Tigers added points in two other relay races. Jupp, Arnold, van der Noll, and James Kane were third in the 4x400 relay (3:32.15), and Jupp, van der Noll, Aidan Williams, and Turdera finished fifth in the 4x200 relay (1:35.41).
Ridgefield's remaining points came in two field events. Oliver Hayes placed fourth in the pole vault (13'0") and Justin Showstead was fifth in the shot put (44'8.75").
The Ridgefield girls team scored 16 points to finish 10th overall, two points ahead of Shelton.
Supplying half of the Tigers' points was Emma Langis, who finished second in the 600-meter race with a new school-record time of 1:37.08.
Relay teams contributed Ridgefield's other eight points. Samantha Petruzzelli, Carrina Dabroi, Caitlin Slaminko, and Grace Michalowski finished fourth in the sprint medley (4:25.29); Julia Hergenrother, Gabriella Viggiano, Amelia Hynes, and Michalowski were fifth in the 4x800 (9:51.00); and Petruzzelli, Carolyn Donovan, Tasha Riek, and Dabroi placed fifth in the 4x200 (1:50.82).
Notes: The top-six finishers in each event scored points.
Also placing in the top-10 for the Ridgefield boys was the 4x800 relay of Ethan Mackenzie, Charles MacArthur, Leo Rector, and Omkar Ratnaparkhi (10th, 8:45.57).
Adding top-10 finishes for the Ridgefield girls were Hynes in the 600 (10th, 1:44.84); Slaminko in the 1,000 (ninth, 3:13.55); Petruzzelli in the 55-meter hurdles (eighth, 9.53); Amanda Condron in the high jump (ninth, 4'10"); and Hergenrother, Hynes, Michalowski, and Langis in the 4x800 relay (eighth, 4:18.57).