Ridgefield relay edged for first at State Open

Ridgefield's Thomas Gioffre waits for the throw as Staples' Drew Rogers slides into second during Friday's game. Photo: Erik Trautmann / Hearst Connecticut Media
Ridgefield's Thomas Gioffre waits for the throw as Staples' Drew Rogers slides into second during Friday's game. Photo: Erik Trautmann / Hearst Connecticut Media

The margin between a Ridgefield girls relay team and a State Open title was one-hundredth of a second.

Competing in the 4x800-meter relay at Saturday's State Open indoor track and field meet in New Haven, Tess Pisanelli, Rory McGrath, Gabby Viggiano, and Grace Michalowski combined for a time of nine minutes, 34.05 seconds. That left the Tigers just .01 behind Immaculate, which won the race in 9:34.04.

The second-place finish accounted for all but two of Ridgefield's 10 points, as the Tigers tied Weston and Wilbur Cross for 17th in the team standings.

Bloomfield won the girls State Open title with 54 points, followed by Glastonbury (39) and Danbury (34).

Pisanelli supplied Ridgefield's other two points by finishing fifth in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:09.86.

The Ridgefield boys team finished in a six-way tie for 27th in the overall standings with six points.

Simon Jupp did all the scoring for the Tigers by placing third in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:23.38.

Notes: The top-six finishers in each event scored points.

Adding top-10 finishes for the Ridgefield girls were Carrina Dabroi, Jennifer Paul, Carolyn Donovan, and Tasha Riek in the 4x200 relay (10th, 1:50.48); and Riek, Kate Langis, Catherine Conroy, and Michalowski in the sprint medley relay (ninth, 4:27.41).

Hall (West Hartford) won the State Open boys championship with 43 points. Hillhouse (38) was second and Bloomfield (36.50) third.