NEW BRITAIN - The Southington girls outdoor track and field team reaffirmed the schoolâ€™s expectation for excellence Monday winning the CIAC State Open Championship at Veterans Stadium.
The Blue Knights had just four athletes from the girls team at the meet, all of which took place in field events. Three of the four scored for the team, which earned the top shop with 35 points. Bloomfield placed right behind with 32.
Southington head coach Connor Green was more than pleased about the Blue Knightsâ€™ performance, but was also aware of what it shows in terms of the growth of his program.
â€śThings obviously have gone really well for us today,â€ť Green said. â€śOverall, Iâ€™m just happy with the effort we have given as a program. Three of four years ago, we wouldnâ€™t have had anyone at the Opens. But last year we had two. This year we had eight. So seeing that improve makes a big difference as well.â€ť
Amanda Howe was a leader for Southington. She won both the shot put and the discus to earn 20 points for the team.
Megan Biscoglio was the other winner for the Blue Knights, taking first place in the pole vault. Biscoglio beat a mark for 12 feet, 6 inches, which tied an Open record. The win earned the team another 10 points.
â€śShe deserves this,â€ť Green said of Biscoglio. â€śShe has worked hard since she was a freshman, starting out clearing just seven or eight feet. But she has put the effort in and gotten better every year.â€ť
Both Howe and Biscoglio came in as the defending champions in those events.
Biscoglio could not stop smiling after she won the event. But while happy, she still knows that there is plenty of room for improvement, especially with her sights set on UConn in the fall.
â€śIt just feels awesome to hit that mark,â€ť Biscoglio said. â€śIâ€™m getting closer and closer to my target of 13 feet. Iâ€™ve been working really hard to get to that, so itâ€™s nice to just keep getting better.â€ť
Janette Wadolowski earned the last five points for the Blue Knights. The senior took home a fourth-place finish in the javelin throw, with a best toss of 117 feet, eight inches.
Mikaela June also competed in the javelin throw. She came in 12th place, which didnâ€™t earn any points for the team, but still earned praise from Green.
â€śWe have Janette and Mikaela, this is their first season in doing the javelin,â€ť Green said. â€śSo for them to make it to the elite of the elite in the state of Connecticut, Iâ€™m extremely ecstatic and proud about that.â€ť
Howe, Biscoglio and Wadolowski are just three of the teamâ€™s 20 listed seniors. While Southington celebrates its championship, it also means the careers of those seniors are coming to a close in just a few weeks. Green is aware of what those seniors have meant to his team and how tough it will be to not have them next season.
â€śWe have a really talented team, which is saying a lot with where this program was a few years ago,â€ť Green said. â€śBut this senior class is probably going to be the toughest to replace.â€ť
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