On Tuesday, Cheshire High School outdoor track and field athletes excelled in the Southern Connecticut Conference Championship at Bowen Field in New Haven.
CHS girls came in fourth place (68 points). Sophomore Leah Farrell and juniors Alexa Ciccone, Julia Rubin, and Mia Vientos teamed to win the 4x800-meter relay and set a new program record (9:37.48).
Junior Squirrel Lanz combined with Rubin, Vientos, and Farrell to take the 4x400-meter relay (4:05.38).
Individually, Lanz lowered her CHS record in winning the 300-meter hurdles (44.78). She also took second in the 100-meter hurdles (15.38).
Ciccone captured the 1,600-meters in 5:07.58.
Farrell placed runner-up (58.07) in the 400-meters. In the 800-meters, Vientos took second (2:20.09) and Rubin earned fifth (2:24.93).
Senior Kaitlyn Cannon added 10th place in discus (84’5”).
Cheshire boys finished in 18th place (six points). Senior Mike DeJoseph, juniors James Ferraro and Tyler Caron, and sophomore James Boyd nabbed sixth place in the 4x800-meter relay (8:31.95). Junior Alex Kailan took sixth in discus (128’11”).
Boyd (800-meters, 2:04.27) and junior Daniel D’Souza (3,200-meters, 10:06.68) both supplied 10th places.
On May 31, Cheshire teams travel to New Britain’s Willow Brook Park for the Class L Championship. Field events start at 4 p.m. and the track portion begins at 4:30 p.m.
Softball (fifth seed, 16-6)
In the SCC semifinals, the Rams fell 5-3 at unbeaten North Haven (top seed, 22-0).
CHS jumped ahead in the first inning. After a single by senior Karissa Spring, sophomore Tai Byrd hit a two-run home run.
NH rallied with three runs. In the second, sophomore Alexandra Anquillare hit a home run to cut the deficit to 2-1.
During the third, sophomore Alyssa Ferriouolo tallied a two-run homer to put the Nighthawks ahead.
Cheshire tied the game in the fourth. For the fourth home run of the game, freshman Jordan McCue drove the ball over the fence.
NH broke the tie for good in the fifth. Using a walk, an error, an RBI sacrifice fly, and an RBI single, the Nighthawks went up 5-3.
In the seventh, senior Jordan Chymbor singled for the Rams, but NH got a groundout to end the game.
Along with their home runs, McCue had a double and Byrd earned a single. Junior Karla Carangelo added a single.
Spring recorded five strikeouts in the circle. She yielded six hits and three walks.
The Rams now await seeding for the Class LL Tournament.
Wednesday’s varsity schedule:
Girls’ Golf (10-4-1)
At Southington Country Club, CHS hosts Daniel Hand and Suffield at 2:30 p.m. On May 1, Cheshire won 200-226 over Hand at Madison Country Club.
Girls’ Lacrosse (top seed, 14-3)
In the SCC final at Foran in Milford, Cheshire pits their five-game win streak against three-time reigning champion Guilford (third seed, 12-6). On May 9, CHS earned a 12-7 victory against the Grizzlies.
Cheshire seeks their first SCC tourney crown since 2014.
Boys’ Lacrosse (second seed, 14-3)
The Rams takes their four-game win streak to Foran in Milford to face six-time reigning champion Fairfield Prep (top seed, 15-2) at 6:30 p.m. On May 4, the Jesuits held on to win 13-12 at CHS.
Cheshire last beat their rival and held the SCC title in 2010.
Boys’ Volleyball (top seed, 16-4)
In the SCC semifinals, the Rams host Amity (fourth seed, 10-10) at 6 p.m. Cheshire beat the Spartans, 3-0, on April 14 and May 3.
CHS has won three straight matches.