EAST HARTFORD - The Bristol Central boys track and field team won the Boys Large School team championship at the Greater Hartford Invitational on Saturday.
The Rams compiled 97.5 points, finishing comfortably ahead of second place Tolland (66) and third place East Hartford (64.2).
“Today was awesome,” Bristol Central coach Tamara Stafford-Kirk said. “To be honest I never even mentioned team scores to the boys, so when they found out they won they were so excited. This is a great group of kids who are working really hard, so they deserve to be recognized at a big meet. I’m very proud of them.”
Winning events were Dathan Hickey (100-meter dash, 11.31; and long jump, 22-8¾), Elijah Ortiz (300 hurdles, 41.91) and the 4x100 relay of Hickey, David Bowes, Pat Kjornrattanawanich and Nigel West (44.02).
“Dathan Hickey was electric today - he couldn’t be beaten,” Stafford-Kirk said. “If there was ever any question about his athleticism, he put that to rest today. He just had one of top three long jump performances in school history.”
Other individual top 10 finishers were Nigel West (2nd, 23.00) in the 200-meter dash, Ortiz (2nd, 16.16) and Jose Navedo (6th, 17.33) in the 110 hurdles, Navedo (4th, 44.19) in the 300 hurdles, Galen Hickey (2nd, 40-10½) and Hunter Peterson (6th, 38-5¾) in the triple jump, Peterson (3rd, 5-10) in the high jump), Jakob Salinas (6th, 137-11) in the javelin, Peterson (7th, 20-3) in the long jump and Gabe Updegraff (9th, 42-4½) in the shot put.
Also for the Rams, the 4x400 relay of Ortiz, West, Kjornrattanawanich and Ramon Ambert placed second in 3:34.25; while the 4x800 relay of Devin Flores, Navedo, Pacifico Flores and Leo Kavanaugh placed fifth.
“Nigel West continues to inspire this team on and off the track and is one of the best leaders we’ve ever had,” Stafford-Kirk said. “Pat Kjornrattanawanich is really stepping it up on the relays and sophomore Galen Hickey [jumps] and freshman Jakob Salinas [throws] are making noise as newcomers. Hunter Peterson continues to jump amongst the best in the state in all three jumps. Senior Matt Roy is getting back into top form and our young core of distance runners including Jose Ramirez, Mark Petrosky, Nate DeAngelo and Ben Stafford, Leo Kavanaugh and juniors Devin Flores, Pacifico Flores and Adam Chawner are racing well. This season keeps getting more exciting by the day.”
South Windsor 5, Bristol Central 1: At Muzzy Field on Friday, the Rams battled one of the top teams in the state and entered the sixth inning with the game tied 1-1, but South Windsor scored one in the sixth and three in the seventh to win.
Peyton Clark was outstanding on the mound for Bristol Central (6-9). After allowing a hit to the game’s leadoff batter, he did not surrender another hit the rest of the game, giving up just one run in his five-plus innings.
Also for the Rams, Evan Bouchard had an RBI single in the second inning and Steve Warkoski was 2-for-2 with a double and a walk.
South Windsor improved to 15-1.