Bristol Central track and field closed the 2021 CIAC Open State Track and Field meet with room for improvement going into the next school season.
A day where boys head coach Tamara Stafford said the team felt it could bounce back after a “disappointing” fifth-place finish in the class meet, saw the Central boys scored 10 points for 24th overall. The girls did not score a point.
The Rams’ boys saw much of its success come from senior Nate DeAngelo. The University of Massachusetts-Lowell commit was around the top in the 1,600, but fell off for a fourth-place finish at 4:12.54.
Gavin Sherry of Conard clocked an open state-record time of 4:01.88, breaking the previous record of 4:08.42, which was set in 2016.
Behind Sherry’s domination again, which was another open state-record, DeAngelo clocked a time of 9:23.03 in the 3,200. The lead time was 8:59.80.
A kid who has flown around the track at mid to long-distance for much of his high school career, Stafford said there’s no doubt in him when he laces up and toes the line.
“You’d be surprised about how much goes into the coaching, just with mileage and other stuff. … Once he steps on the track, you never have to doubt that. Even if it’s not his best time, he’s such a gutsy runner, so talented, it’s been the pleasure of my life to coach him.”
Stafford added DeAngelo’s demeanor has also made him a positive role model for the underclassmen on the team, especially the ones who were present with him at the meet Thursday.
“It’s nice and he takes care of the younger runners, he’s not just about himself. He’s been such a great leader for them,” said Stafford.
Underclassmen competing for Bristol Central Thursday included sophomore Francis Porrini in the high jump and sophomore Treshawn Blair in the triple jump.
Junior Victor Rosa and senior Jakob Salinas also were in the mix for BC as well.
Porrini, competing in high jump, faulted three straight times in at the opening height of 5 feet, 8 inches, and did not place. Victor Rosa did not start in the 200 meter dash, but did start and place 16th in the 100 meters, clocking a time of 11.26.
Salinas, in the javelin, threw a distance of 148-08, placing 11th out of 24.
Blair was the most successful of the four, finishing his triple jump efforts with a distance of 41-07.75 for eighth-place. His best jump came after faulting on his first attempt.
On having underclassmen in the open meet, Stafford said it’s important to put the efforts into perspective, knowing this is the best of the best in the whole state and not just the class.
“They’re young, and they get so disappointed, but we have to put it into perspective to them and say that they’re a sophomore competing at the state open meet,” said Stafford. “Use this as a learning experience and fuel them for next year. It’s a big deal to make it and compete here.”
Going into the summer, Stafford said some will work towards improving their craft for the fall indoor track season while others will work towards other seasonal sports. Regardless, the improvements for next spring will be made one way or another.
“A bunch of them will do cross country. If they’re not distance runners they’re playing other sports. A lot of them will come together for indoor (track season),” said Stafford. “They lost a year, so our sophomores that lost a year, they’re really freshmen as far as track and field goes. … they’re like brand new athletes to the sport. The summer is big for them, they’ll be doing some lifting clinics and training for the fall season.”
BC’s Bosco and Rodriguez lone girl representatives
Salvatrice Bella Bosco and Krystal Rodriguez were the lone two representatives for Bristol Central in the girls half of the 2021CIAC Open State Track and Field meet.
Bosco, running in the 400 meter dash, clocked a time of 1:00.48, slightly slower than her 1:00.04 seed time.
She finished 13th, and was the second fastest senior in the field. She did not score a point.
Rodriguez’s season closed with three throws in the shot put, her best maxing out at 28 feet, 10 inches, which was her first throw. She placed 22nd in the field, and did not score a point for BC.