MANCHESTER - Bristol Centralâ€™s Hunter Peterson ended the first day of competition in first place in the CIAC state boys decathlon competition Tuesday with a total score of 3,239, topping a list of 65 athletes that finished the first five legs of the event.
â€śSo far itâ€™s been going pretty good,â€ť Peterson said. â€śIâ€™ve been meeting my expectations and even exceeding some of them, so thatâ€™s good.â€ť
Teammate Jose Navedo will enter the second day of the decathlon in 19th place overall with a total score of 2,755.
The top 37 athletes ensured their survival after day one, so Navedo made it through comfortably, thanks in large part to an 11th-place finish in the shot put, where he recorded a throw of 11 meters.
â€śI was getting over 500 (points) in each event,â€ť Navedo said. â€śThat meets the standard for moving on to (Wednesday).â€ť
Peterson finished second overall in the shot put, one of his strongest personal events, with a throw of 13.17 meters.
He also finished fourth in the high jump with a jump of 6.15 meters, third in the high jump with a jump of 1.83 meters, and surprised himself with a 14th-place finish in the 100 meters, recording a time of 11.64 seconds.
â€śI thought I was going to be slow in the 100, but I was decent,â€ť Peterson said. â€śMy long jump was a little sub-par, but I feel pretty good.â€ť
So does Southington junior Trinity Cardillo, who shined at the girls hammer throw event later in the afternoon.
Cardillo, who will be moving on to compete in the New Balance National Championships this weekend, claimed first place in the event, despite falling 10 feet short of her personal record of 150 feet.
â€śIt feels good,â€ť Cardillo said. â€śIâ€™ve been working on hammer for a long time, so itâ€™s nice to get a win out of it. We donâ€™t have many meets around here, so itâ€™s nice to have one at the end of the season.â€ť
The event will conclude on Wednesday back at Manchester, with the boys decathlon finishing up with the 110 meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1,500 meter run.
The boys steeplechase and hammer throw will begin later, with an expected start time of 3:30 p.m.