On Saturday in New Haven, Cheshire High School indoor track and field athletes made an impact in the Class L Championship at Floyd Little Athletic Center. For the boys’ team, senior Brendan Mellitt finished second in the 3,200-meters (9:41.78).
In a tight finish, junior Ryan Farrell placed third in the 600-meters, lowering his program record to 1:24.01. Senior Francis Simpatico earned seventh in the 1,000-meters (2:44.36). Simpatico and Farrell joined with seniors Kyle Kemp and Owen Fiore to take 11th in the 4x400-meter relay (3:43.37).
Fiore, sophomore Robert DiNatale, freshman Colin Grevelding, and sophomore Nate Brancazio nabbed 16th in the 4x800-meter relay (9:18.72). Sophomore Stephan Anton, junior Owen Ferguson, sophomore Ethan Lin, and Kemp partnered to secure 18th in the 4x200-meter relay (1:44.99).
For field events, Kemp came in 19th in long jump (18 feet, nine inches) and junior Chisom Okoro recorded 20th in shot put (39’4.50”). As a team, CHS tied for 10th place (14 points).
On the girls’ side, sophomore Olivia Ferraro, junior Kristen Daddi, sophomore Meghan Georgescu, and senior Kayla Byrne recorded eighth in the 4x800-meter relay (10:28.82). Senior Marisa Brough supplied ninth in shot put (31’1.25”).
Senior Ruth DelVecchio contributed 10th in the 55-meter hurdles (9.75) and 18th in the 55-meter dash (7.93). Senior Sophia Offerdahl (20th, 10.16) and sophomore Emma Lepisto (22nd, 10.29) followed DelVecchio in hurdles.
Senior Samantha Nowak picked up 11th in long jump (14’8”). Junior Mia Corradi (11th) and senior Ameya Arun (12th) both cleared 7’0” in pole vault.
Ferraro finished 14th in the 3,200-meters (12:27.38), while Byrne (1,000-meters, 3:26.41), Georgescu (15th, 5:53.07), and sophomore Riley Hanover (600-meters, 1:48.06) all earned 15th places.
Freshman Claudia Chong, Offerdahl, junior Danielle Ellis, and Hanover combined to finish 17th in the 1,600-meter sprint medley relay (4:57.48). Sophomore Alexandra SanAngelo, junior Seymone Rosenberg, Daddi, and Hanover secured 18th place in the 4x400-meter relay (4:41.94).
For the 4x200-meter relay, DelVecchio, Nowak, SanAngelo, and Lepisto came in 24th (2:00.53).
On Saturday, Cheshire returns to the same site for the State Open at 12 p.m.
Boys’ Basketball (3-14, 1-5 in Oronoque Division)
In the final home game, Cheshire boys’ basketball pulled out a 56-55 win over Guilford (8-9) to earn a split of the season series.
The teams played to a 28-28 tie at halftime, but CHS outscored the Indians, 13-11, in the third quarter and went on to earn the victory on Senior Night. Junior Cole Feinauer, who scored all of his 15 points in the second half, made two foul shots to put the Rams up to stay at 56-54.
For the Rams, Colby Griffin netted nine of his team-high 18 points in the first quarter. Griffin joined fellow senior tri-captains Alec Frione and Shaan Vatti with a pair of three-pointers.
Senior Dylan Fohl tallied four points in the first half. Senior Jarred Miller recorded his first varsity basket (two points) in the opening quarter.
Senior Jason Shumilla went two for two at the foul line in the second quarter and classmate Jack Hickey put up two points during the fourth. Junior Yasha Laskin also sank a free throw in the third.
Frione, Griffin, Vatti, Jackson Cohen, Fohl, Hickey, Miller, and Shumilla, along with cheerleader Madison Fletcher, came away victorious on Senior Night.
For divisional action next Tuesday, Cheshire visits Milford to face Foran (10-8, 2-4) at 7 p.m. Foran won the first meeting, 51-46, on Jan. 28.
Boys’ Ice Hockey (8-7-2)
At West Haven’s Bennett Rink, the Rams fell 1-0 to host Amity (4-10-2). The game was a scoreless stalemate until Amity junior Caleb Marcin netted the lone goal with 8:25 remaining. Senior Connor Bath and junior Dylan Gherlone assisted Marcin.
Cheshire led 26-17 in shots, with senior goalkeeper/co-captain Nick Maringola posting 16 saves. Amity freshman Brendan Smith made 26 saves.
Next Wednesday at Wesleyan University, CHS hosts Farmington Valley Co-Op (12-2-1) at 4 p.m.
Cheshire placed 15th (10 points) in the Southern Connecticut Conference Championship at Mercy. Junior co-captain Eli Moskowitz won a match at 132 pounds and became the first Ram in three seasons to reach 20 wins (20-15).
Junior Zach Coleman also won a bout at 145.
The Rams visit Bristol Central for the Class L Championship to be held next Friday (3 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m.).
Monday’s varsity schedule:
Girls’ Ice Hockey (12-5-1)
Amity/North Haven/Cheshire Co-Op travels to Newington Ice Arena to face host Avon/Southington/RHAM/Newington/Lewis Mills/Wethersfield Co-Op at 1:30 p.m.
Girls’ Basketball (5-14, 2-6 in Quinnipiac Division)
In the regular-season finale, Cheshire hosts North Haven (12-6) at 6 p.m. Co-captains Ari Perlini and Toni Wetmore, along with Rylee Post and Emma Watkinson, will be honored before the game on Senior Night.