Nahom makes it a clean sweep; boys 4x800 relay team takes 2nd place
Published 8:48 pm, Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Nahom made a clean sweep of the 1,600 meter races in her senior season, backing up her indoor state title with an outdoor one at Monday’s championship at Willow Brook Park. She was clocked at 4:58.17.
She ran a little over a second faster at the Open than she did in winning the 1,600 at the Class L championships.
“It’s definitely exciting. This was the first year that I won State Opens besides relay,” Nahom said. “It’s fun. There are so many good people here and so much hard work that goes into every one of these athletes to make it here.”
The University of Connecticut-bound Nahom made her move with just under two laps to go after being boxed in during the opening stages. She also placed second in the 800 for the Green Wave, who finished 11th overall, with 18 points. She earned All-State in both events.
The top finishers — including Nahom — are gearing up for the New England Championships on Saturday in Norwell, Mass.
1. Bloomfield 84; 2. Danbury 52; 3. Ridgefield 36.50; 4. Manchester 35; 5. Daniel Hand 28; 6. Hamden 24; 6. Greenwich 24; 8. Fairfield Ludlowe 23; 8. Southington 23; 10. Tolland 20; 11. New Milford 18; 11. Glastonbury 18; 13. Lauralton Hall 16; 14. St. Joseph 15; 15. Jonathan Law 16.
1. Daniel Hand 32; 2. Danbury 30; 3. Seymour 29; 4. Manchester 28; 5. Staples 26.5; 6. Bloomfield 26; 7. Greenwich 22; 8. Derby 21; 9. (tie) Trumbull, Weaver 20; 11. (tie) Warde, Barlow 19; 14. Westhill 18; 15. (tie) Weston 16; 21. McMahon 13.5; 24. (tie) Wilton, Masuk 11; 26. (tie) Shelton 10; 29. (tie) Fairfield Prep, New Milford, Bunnell 8; 36. (tie) Immaculate 7; 39. (tie) Darien 6; 42. (tie) Stratford, Jonathan Law, Norwalk 5; 50. (tie) Brookfield 4; 54. (tie) Ludlowe, Shepaug, Foran 3; 61. (tie) Newtown 2; 65. (tie) Notre Dame-Fairfield, Ridgefield 1.
“At the Open, Mia ran well,” New Milford coach Casey Gawlak said. “All season she has been a true competitor and great team leader.”
Nahom will next compete in the 1,600 at New England and in both the two-mile and one mile at nationals the following weekend, Gawlak added.
“Mia is fit and ready to run,” Gawlak added.
Greenwich junior Emily Philippides won the 800 in 2:12.81. She pulled out to a large lead before Nahom closed in on the bell lap. One final push from the Greenwich senior sealed the win.
“I heard (Nahom’s) coach with 200 meters to go, and that made me nervous because it was right there and she must be right behind me,” Philippides said. “I glanced behind my shoulder to see where she was and just tried to push the last 100.”
Another New Milford girls team member who fared well at Monday’s championship was Brigit Humphreys, who ran her best time in the 1,600 in 5:12.77 to place 10th. Other participants were Riley Peragine in the 400 in 61.18, Darcy Cook in the 100 high hurdles in 16.39 and 300 intermediate hurdles in 47.46, and the 4x400 relay team of Peragine, Humphreys, Cook and Michaela Ferlow, which finished in 4:10.94.
“We had six competitors qualify for the Open. Overall, they did well,” Gawlak said. “Darcy Cook qualifying in both hurdles was a surprise. She finally edged one of her main rivals in the high hurdles at the Open. Brigit Humphreys ran pretty consistently all season, finally running her best time ... Riley Peragine ran strong all season as our top sprinter and 4x400 anchor.”
New Milford athletes who qualified for the State Class L meet were Whitney Fitzgerald, long jump and 200; Julia Quinn, 1,600 and 800; MiKayla Dumas, triple jump; Isabel Feliz, triple jump; Sorangely Presinal, discus; and Angela DiMascio, javelin.
“A good showing throughout the season,” Gawlak said.
New Milford Boys Track and Field
The New Milford boys track team finished fifth in Class L with Craig Shanahan winning the javelin with a throw of 168-5. At the State Open, the 4x800 team placed second and broke New Milford’s school record, finishing in 7:57.64.
“They obliterated the school record by seven seconds and should have a great chance to be All New England on Saturday,” boys coach Ryan Rebstock said.
The 4x800 relay team’s placement on Monday qualifies the runners for the New England Championship and nationals in Greensboro, N.C.
“For Herlandt and Moroni as seniors, I think they wanted to leave their mark on the state and the program,” Rebstock said. “Charlie and Mike didn’t want to let those guys down, and they delivered. They’re all really good friends who love to compete together at the highest level.”
Rebstock said Shanahan narrowly missed the javelin finals, but will compete in the Connecticut decathlon championships next week.