On Wednesday, Cheshire High School outdoor track and field athletes shined in the Southern Connecticut Conference West Sectional at Bowen Field in New Haven. On the strength of five victories, CHS girls compiled 119 points to place third overall.
Not only did the Rams win the opening 4x800-meter relay in 9:43.37, but freshman Leah Farrell, sophomore Alexa Ciccone, senior Meghan Georgescu, and sophomore Mia Vientos also broke Mercy’s meet record (9:56.58) from back in 2014.
Farrell (400-meters, 59.32), Ciccone (1,600-meters, 5:20.10), and Vientos (800-meters, 2:26.96) returned to win individual races. Farrell and Vientos teamed with sophomore Squirrel Lanz and senior tri-captain Kira Zawalich to finish runner-up in the 4x400-meter relay (4:11.89).
In the 300-meter hurdles, Zawalich (46.87) and Lanz (46.88) were the top finishers. Zawalich’s time was just .01 shy of Kim Martin’s Cheshire record from back in 1996.
Lanz finished a close second in the 200-meters (27.50). Zawalich (fifth, 16.92) and senior Emma Lepisto (seventh, 18.14) made the finals of the 100-meter hurdles.
Georgescu secured fourth in the 3,200-meters (12:25.83). Sophomore Emma Rinaldi, junior Claudia Chong, and freshmen Camryn Beeman and Brianna Siniscalco picked up sixth in the 4x100-meter relay (55.02).
In the field, junior Valeriya Shlyk was a top-five finisher in the javelin (second, 84 feet, four inches), shot put (third, 30’9.75”), and discus (fourth, 87’11”). Senior Arjanne Josef finished fourth in pole vault (8’0”), seventh in triple jump (31’11”), and 11th in long jump (15’0”).
Senior tri-captain Daniela Petronio took fourth in javelin (78’4”).
Sophomores Julia Rubin (400-meters, 1:04.70) and Darcy Lin (high jump, 4’4”) and junior Rachel Dubois (discus, 70’10”) nabbed ninth places. Junior Samantha Mudry added 10th in the 800-meters (2:49.03).
For Cheshire boys, junior quad-captain Colin Brown led the way with a victory in the 200-meters (22.07). He took first in the 100-meter prelims, but despite going under the meet record (10.89) in the finals, his time of 10.76 placed second behind Hillhouse senior Ralphael Hawkins (10.69).
Brown also combined with juniors Luca Borz-Baba and Michael DeJoseph and sophomore Tyler Caron to take eighth in the 4x400-meter race (3:45.16).
Caron, Borz-Baba, senior quad-captain Robert DiNatale, and DeJoseph earned a bronze medal in the 4x800-meter event (8:42.54). DiNatale came in fourth in the 3,200-meters (10:24.89) and Caron supplied eighth place in the 1,600-meters (4:46.79).
Senior Ethan Lin (javelin, 127’8”) and sophomore Daniel D’Souza (3,200-meters, 10:36.81) posted seventh places. Senior Ben Corris (300-meter hurdles, 46.20) and junior Riley Wilson (shot put, 38’3”) finished eighth.
Senior Stephan Anton joined with freshmen Nicky Navarro, Malakhi Beyah, and Ryan Smith to nab seventh in the 4x100-meter relay (49.02).
With 39 points, Cheshire boys tied West Haven for eighth place.
On May 24, the Rams return to New Haven for the SCC Championship at 12 p.m.
The Rams compiled a 15-6 hit advantage in earning a 15-3 victory at North Haven (10-9). The Nighthawks jumped ahead with two runs in the first inning, but CHS broke through for four runs in the third and didn’t give up the lead.
In a three-inning span, the Rams put up 11 runs and clinched the victory via the mercy rule in the sixth.
Senior Grace Lurz (two RBIs) and junior Jordan Chymbor (three RBIs) both contributed two singles and a double. Junior Karissa Spring blasted her first home run, along with earning a single and three RBIs.
Sophomore Taylor Kozlowski (RBI) and senior Emily Grayson both singled twice. Along with making her first start at pitcher, sophomore Karla Carangelo supplied a double and an RBI.
Senior Charlee Nagle added a single. Freshman Tai Byrd chipped in an RBI.
The Rams finish the regular season on Friday, hosting Shelton (11-5) at 4:15 p.m. Before the game, Grayson, Lurz, Nagle, and Palmer will be honored on Senior Day.
On April 8, the Gaelettes posted a 5-1 victory in the first meeting.
CHS ended the regular season with a wild finish, rallying from a 7-1 deficit to earn a 8-7 victory over Branford (4-15). Cheshire also claimed the season series with the Hornets.
Cheshire took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, however Branford responded with three runs in the fourth and added four runs during the fifth.
To start their comeback, CHS put up three runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Rams returned to score four times in the sixth to take the lead for good.
For the go-ahead hit, junior Ryan Barbieri came through with a two-run single with two outs. Barbieri finished with three RBIs in the victory.
Senior co-captains EJ Quint (double, single) and Luca Raccio (two singles, RBI) senior Damon Zurolo (double, single, RBI), and junior Ian Wirtz (two singles, RBI, walk) all had two hits and scored two runs. Senior Ethan Rosenthal posted a single and junior Ryan Murphy drew a walk.
Sophomore Kyle Cyr also had an RBI.
Senior Connor Mulligan (three hits, three walks, strikeout) pitched four innings for the Rams. Entering in the fifth, senior Ryan Camp gave up just two hits and recorded three strikeouts en route to picking up the victory.
Next, Cheshire waits to see if they will qualify for the SCC playoffs.
Girls’ Golf (11-3)
For their third victory in a row, the Rams won 194-214 over host Daniel Hand (3-8-2) at Madison Country Club. As the medalist (42), junior Sydney Hidalgo led CHS to a season sweep of the Tigers.
Senior Mackenzie Corcoran and sophomore Sabrina DiRubba both shot a 50, while sophomore Sophia DelRosso and freshman Olivia Beach both had a 52.
On Friday, Cheshire takes a trip to Racebrook Country Club for a match with host Amity (9-2) at 2:45 p.m. On Tuesday, the Rams beat their rival, 178-202, at Southington Country Club.
Boys’ Volleyball (13-5)
Cheshire fell 3-1 (17-25, 15-25, 25-22, 25-27) to Southington (14-4). The Blue Knights captured the opening two games, however Cheshire staged a comeback.
Senior tri-captain Tim Nugent served the Rams out to a 3-0 lead in game three. CHS extended their lead to 17-10 and went on to take the set.
In the fourth set, the rivals started out trading points. Southington took leads of 14-11, 16-13, and 19-17, but the Rams made a late surge to earn a game point at 24-20.
Cheshire had momentum going, but the Blue Knights won the next four points to tie the set. A missed serve allowed CHS to have another game point at 25-24, however Southington claimed the next three points to clinch the match.
Nugent finished with 26 assists, three aces, and two digs. Senior Gianluca Giardina tallied 11 kills and two digs, while sophomore Will Allen earned nine kills, an ace, a block, and a dig.
Senior Jake Miller posted four kills and three digs. Junior Matt Irizarry picked up five digs.
On Friday, the Rams play Shelton (9-7) at 6 p.m. On May 11, CHS picked up a 3-1 road win.
Girls’ Tennis (7-8)
Cheshire dropped their third straight match, 4-3, to host Daniel Hand (10-6) at Polson Middle School in Madison. Freshman Alex Orlins (6-1, 6-1), junior Asya Tarabar (7-6 (7-4), 6-2), and freshman Eva Curran (6-1, 6-2) were victorious in singles.
Orlins extended her unbeaten season to 14-0.
Hand won the series in the regular season.
CHS ends the regular season on Friday, traveling to Milford to play Jonathan Law (13-5) at 12 p.m.
Thursday’s varsity schedule
Boys’ Golf (10-2)
Riding a six-match win streak, the Rams travel to Portland Golf Course to face host Xavier (5-5) at 2 p.m. On April 27 at The Farms Country Club in Wallingford, Cheshire defeated the Falcons by a score of 173-185.
Boys’ Tennis (7-9)
In the regular-season finale, CHS travels to play Southington (8-7) at 3:45 p.m.
Girls’ Lacrosse (10-5)
To end the regular season, Cheshire hosts Sacred Heart Academy (8-7) at 6 p.m. In a pre-game ceremony, tri-captains Leah Black, Grace Downing and Hannah Merritt, as well as Elizabeth Ingerson, Ishika Nanavati, Lauren Orozco, Tori Santi, and Gwen White will be introduced on Senior Night.
On May 5, Cheshire recorded a 17-5 road victory over the Sharks.
Boys’ Lacrosse (13-2)
Winners of six consecutive games, the Rams head to North Haven Middle School for the regular-season finale against North Haven (4-11). Start time is 7 p.m.