Alyssa Brehler clinches two ECC track and field distance championships

By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Griswold - posted Mon., May. 20, 2013
Sophomore long jumper David Jackson catches some air for Griswold at the ECC championships.  Photos by Janice Steinhagen.
Sophomore long jumper David Jackson catches some air for Griswold at the ECC championships. Photos by Janice Steinhagen.

Griswold distance running standout Alyssa Brehler edged out her two conference arch-rivals to snag a pair of Eastern Connecticut Conference titles at the ECC outdoor track and field championships May 18 in Montville. Norwich Free Academy’s Brianna Lenihan and Plainfield’s Kerri Ruffo shadowed Brehler around the track during the 1600-meter run, but Brehler pulled ahead in the last 100 meters, leaving Ruffo to second place and Lenihan to third and marking a personal best time of 5:03.72.

In the 3200-meter, it was Brehler and Ruffo again in the top two spots, followed by Saracaitrin Mandelberg of Waterford in third. Magen Faxlanger of Griswold placed 10th in both distance running events with her teammate.

Abigale Slonski led the girls’ field events with second place in both javelin and triple jump and third place in long jump; the triple jump mark was her personal best at 36’ 3.5”. Other standouts among the girls included: Tienna Deroy, seventh in discus throw (personal best); Kendall McGrath, ninth in high jump; Brittany Torchia, seventh in 100-meter hurdles and 10th in 300-meter hurdles (both personal bests); Ann Vigil, eighth in discus and 10th in shot put; Melina Labossiere, 10th in 800-meter run; and Kayleigh Waters, 10th in long jump.

The standout among the Griswold boys’ performers was Adam Rock, who placed second in both shot put (50’9.5”) and discus (126.01). The shot put mark was Rock’s personal best.

The boys’ 4 x 800-meter relay team of Beau Houatchanthara, Trevor Frizzell, Lucas Medling and Brandon Kinnie earned fourth place with their best time of the season, at 8:45.21. Other notable athletes were: Anthony Boyington, sixth in 110-meter hurdles; David Jackson, fourth in javelin; Sharon Kinsler, eighth in shot put (personal best); Derrick Latham, fourth in long jump; and Lucas Medling, fifth in 3200-meter run (personal best).

The girls’ team earned sixth place in the conference overall, with 49 team points, while the boys paced eighth with 38 points. NFA won the girls’ overall title with 132 and the Fitch boys led the pack with 122.


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