Ridgefield girls second, boys fifth at FCIACs

A victory in the final event gave the Ridgefield High girls indoor track and field team a second-place finish at the FCIAC championship meet on Thursday in New Haven.

By winning the 4x400-meter relay, the Tigers ended with 60.50 points and edged Fairfield Ludlowe (57 points) for second place behind Danbury (110 points), which won its third conference title in the last four seasons.

Greenwich was fourth with 54.5 points and Trumbull fifth with 46 points.

Tasha Riek, Katherine Langis, Carolyn Donovan, and Grace Michalowski combined to win the 4x400 relay for Ridgefield in a time of 4:11.91. Greenwich (4:12.32) was second and Darien (4:20.04) third.

Tess Pisanelli almost delivered another first-place finish for the Tigers in the 3,200-meter race. Pisanelli was nipped at the wire by Danbury's Daniella Grullon-Pena, whose time of 11:32.31 just edged Pisanelli's 11:32.61.

Also placing a close second for Ridgefield was the 4x800 relay team of Rory McGrath, Elizabeth Jasminski, Katherine Langis, and Michalowski, which had a time of 9:50.91. Trumbull won the event in 9:50.25.

The Tigers got another second-place finish (4:31.39) from the sprint medley relay team of Catherine Conroy, Emma Langis, Donovan, and Caitlin Slaminko.

Adding top-six individual finishes for Ridgefield were Elizabeth DeMassa (sixth, 9.52) in the 55-meter hurdles; Pisanelli (fourth, 3:08.44) in the 1,000; Michalowski (third, 1:41.16) and Kasey McGerald (fifth, 1:44.25) in the 600; Gabby Viggiano (third, 5:16.48) in the 1,600; and Sophie Reale (fifth, 7'6") in the pole vault.

Conroy, Carrina Dabroi, Donovan, and Riek were fourth in the 4x200 relay with a time of 1:50.88.
RHS boys are fifth
Led by double-event winner Simon Jupp, Ridgefield finished fifth at the FCIAC boys indoor championship with 37 points.

Danbury had 112 points to easily win its sixth straight conference title. Staples (55 points) was second, followed by McMahon (48), and Ludlowe (42).

Jupp supplied 2o of Ridgefield's 37 points by winning the 300-meter dash in 36.15 seconds and the 600-meter race in 1:27.92.

Also contributing top-six individual finishes for the Tigers were Samuel McDonough (fourth, 8.34) in the 55-meter hurdles; James Kane (sixth, 1:29.79) in the 600; Liam Byrne (fourth, 41'9.75") in the shot put.

Charles MacArthur, Ethan MacKenzie, Charles King, and Jupp teamed to finish third in the 4x800 relay (8:30.79), and Dominic Bonfiglio, Kane, Amit Markos, and MacKenzie were fifth in the 4x400 relay (3:42.14).