Plainfield, Killingly results from ECC track and field championships
By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Region - posted Mon., May. 20, 2013
The Plainfield girls’ track and field squad claimed an overall third-place conference title at the Eastern Connecticut Conference outdoor track and field championships in Montville on May 18. Plainfield’s Kerri Ruffo was edged out of first place in the hotly-contested girls’ 1600- and 3200-meter races by arch-rival Alyssa Brehler of Griswold.
Ruffo and Brehler ran the 1600-meter race in a tight pack with fellow distance standout Brianna Lenihan of Norwich Free Academy for most of the race. But Brehler pulled ahead of the others in the last 100 meters, winning the race with a personal best time of 5:03.72. In the home stretch Ruffo claimed second place with a time of 5:09.69, one and a half seconds ahead of Lenihan.
Ruffo clocked a personal best of 11:32.25 in the 3200-meter, beating her seeded time by 25 seconds, but still crossed the finish line six seconds behind Brehler.
In the field events, Plainfield’s Morgan Griffin scored two career-best throws for two second-place medals, for long jump (17’ 1”) and shot put (38’ 1.5”). She also placed sixth in discus throw.
Other standouts for the Plainfield girls included: Tori Crandall, 2nd in 800-meter run (personal best); Haley Beausoleil, sixth in pole vault and third in javelin; Madeline Fachinni, fifth in javelin; Julie Jordan, sixth in 200-meter dash (personal best); Elizabeth Larned, fifth in 3200-meter run (personal best); and Brianna Rocha, fifth in 200-meter run (personal best).
The Plainfield girls 4 x 400 relay team of Haley Beausoleil, Tori Crandall, Brianna Rocha and Julie Jordan clocked a personal best of 4:07.24 for second place. The 4 x 800-meter girls’ team of Kathryn Sanborn, Mary Ellen Sweeney, Elizabeth Larned and Tori Crandall set a personal record of 10:06, earning third place in that event.
The Plainfield boys’ team was led by Ryan Saros, who placed third in the 3200-meter run with a personal best of 10:16.17. Other high placers included Jordan Lumpkins, fifth in high jump; Cody Alday, fifth in long jump and seventh in 100-meter dash; and Chris Messier, seventh in 1600-meter run.
For Killingly, Alex Mayo claimed a first-place medal in long jump with a leap of 21’ 7.5”, a personal record. Mayo also went home with second-place medals in the 200-meter and 400-meter runs. Austin Taylor placed second in the high jump for the Redmen and Sean Comtois earned sixth place in pole vault. The boys’ 4 x 100-meter relay team of Josh Beaupre, Kyle Bulmer, Sean Comtois and Matt Bulmer claimed ninth place.
On the distaff side, the Redgals were led by a third place in the 800-meter run by Lily Orr, with a personal best time of 2:27.2. Orr also claimed ninth place in the 300-meter hurdles. Other standouts on the girls’ team included Heather Curran, fifth in 400-meter and Victoria Ferland, seventh in triple jump.
The girls’ 4 x 400-meter relay team of Amanda Slater, Alexis Laseter, Lily Orr and Heather Curran placed fifth in their event. Like the boys’ 4 x 100-meter relay team, they clocked their best time of the season at the ECCs.
Plainfield’s girls clinched third place behind NFA and East Lyme in the overall team standings with 81 points; the boys’ team placed 13th. The Killingly Redmen came in ninth overall with 36 points and the Redgals placed 14th with 16.