BRISTOL - The Bristol Central and St. Paul boys outdoor track team were both represented at the New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, N.C. this past weekend. And both programs turned in some impressive results.
The Rams’ relay team consisting of Dathan Hickey, Nigel West, Pat Kjornrattanawanich and David Bowes took part in the boys 4x100 meter relay championship and placed 34th out of 44 teams that finished the race and 50 teams in total with a time of 42.67. It was just short of their school record, 42.64.
“The kids had a great time,” Bristol Central coach Tamara Stafford-Kirk said. “It’s a really great atmosphere down there, so to have them experience that was awesome. They ran well. We had a little bit of a bobble on the handoff from Dathan to David Bowes so we’re confident they would have had their best time if the bobble didn’t happen. We’re pleased with their performance.”
Connecticut had five 4x100 boys relay teams in total competing in the event. Bunnell, Windsor, Hartford Public and Windsor all had athletes competing in the race.
Bunnell and Windsor finished ahead of the Rams team.
The Bulldogs were the faster team with Christ N’Dabian, Jonathan Cineeus, Ramsley Exantus and Elijah Henry running in a time of 42.41.
Nathan Burnett, Marcus Manson, Gabriel Bryan and Cordell Holliday were the Warriors representatives that just bested the Rams with a time of 42.64. Behind Bristol Central were the Owls (42.74) and the Mad Hatters (43.49).
Hickey also competed in the boys long jump in the emerging elite event and placed seventh with a jump of 6.76 meters. It was a strong showing for Hickey with 52 athletes competing and caps off a one-year track career for the Rams that will certainly be remembered for the school’s football star.
“For it being my first year I am absolutely blessed to be able to make an impact in such a competitive and technical sport in such little time," Hickey said. "I'd like to thank my coaches for that and all the time they put into me to make me better.”
Hickey was one of two athletes from Connecticut to qualify for the event and the only one to compete. Coventry’s Nicholas Pronovos was the other entered in that division but did not start (DNS).
Christian Sturm represented St. Paul in the boys hammer throw championship.
He finished 26th out of the 42 athletes competing in the event with a throw of 177-06.
Last year, Sturm competed in the Emerging Elite division and placed 23rd with a throw of 151-2. The event - the third time he’s completed at the New Balance Nationals - caps off an impressive career for the Falcons standout. The St. Paul senior is going continuing his track career at Tiffin University in Ohio.
Joseph Lanham also competed at Nationals. Sturm had beaten the Coventry junior to win the State Open. At the Nationals, Lanham got the better of Sturm, placing 20th with a throw of 182-01.