BRISTOL - The Bristol Central boys 4x100 relay set a new school record, taking second place with an impressive 42.64-second run at the State Open on Monday.
The team finished just behind Bunnell, which won the event with a time of 42.59 seconds. The State Open record is just over one second faster than Central’s mark, at 41.62 seconds.
The team inched past the previous Rams record of 42.65 seconds set in 2002, a mere hundredth of a second faster. The 2002 team had Rams indoor track and football coach Kevin Taylor in the 4x100 event. That 2002 squad went on to place second in New England.
The current Rams team of four is made up of three seniors - Dathan Hickey, Pat Kjornrattanawanich and Nigel West - and one sophomore, David Bowes. The second place finish was a personal best for the group, but it has room to improve.
“We’re gonna look at our handoffs a little bit. Even today, breaking the school record, there was a little glitch in one of the handoffs,” Bristol Central boys coach Tamara Stafford-Kirk said. “It was one of their big goals, to break that record.”
Hickey is a first-year track athlete, having stopped playing baseball after his junior year to join the track team. He sees track as a way to train himself for when he eventually plays football at Yale University.
“Baseball gave me the hand-eye coordination. Track gave me the agility and mental strength, knowing everything is on me,” Hickey said. “You have to be strong in this sport. You can’t let one event affect you negatively, because if one event affects you the rest are going to be bad.”
Bristol Central’s 4x100 team will be competing in New England meet on Saturday. Monday’s time allows the squad to compete in the championship bracket.
The boys outdoor team finished the State Open in a three-way tie for ninth place with Brien McMahon and RHAM with 18 points. Danbury won the title with 51 points.