BRISTOL - In the only one-on-one matchup on the track between the two rival schools this season, the Bristol Central boys and girls outdoor track and field teams each emerged victorious over Bristol Eastern on Tuesday afternoon. The girls finished first in 12 events and the boys won 15 events.
The Bristol Eastern boys won the opening relay but Bristol Central came on strong after that to clinch at least a share of the CCC South Blue title. The Rams were led by freshman David Bowes, who won the 400 in a season-best 50.9 and anchored two winning relay teams.
Elijah Ortiz was a double winner for Central, taking both hurdle events and Frankie Jenkins won both the long and triple jumps. Sean Fitzgerald and Luis Medina each ran on two winning relays for the Rams.
Chris Lebeau had a strong meet for Eastern with a victory in the 1600 as well as a final leg of the 4 x 800 meter race that helped the Lancers overcome a big early deficit.
The Bristol Eastern girls had some big individual performers in the running events, but Central used its depth and strength in the relays to pull out the win. The Rams swept all three relays and picked up all 23 available points in the jumping events.
Shy-Ann Whitten, Olivia Savino and Christie Peabody were each double winners for Central. Whitten won both the high and triple jumps, Savino won the long jump and 100 meter hurdles and Peabody won the 1600 and 3200 meter runs.
Eastern had a big day in the sprints. Alyssa Lavoie won a close race in the 100, Vanessa Floyd won the 200 and was third in the 100 and Kailey Laprise won at the wire to take the 400. Jenalle Tobon won the 300 hurdles for Eastern. The Lancers were also strong in the weight events where Brooke Dauphinee won the javelin and Kayla Hardin took the discus.
St. Paul 8, Holy Cross 5: In a stunner, the Falcons put an end to the Crusaders’ bid for a perfect season. After falling behind 4-0 after the top of the third, St. Paul scored three in the third, one in the fourth and four in the sixth while also holding Holy Cross to just one run over the final four innings.
Wes Lahey got the win on the mound, throwing a four-strikeout complete game, and Andrew Owsianko crushed a three-run homer in the third.
Simsbury 13, Bristol Eastern 1: The Lancers only recorded five runs and committed four errors in the loss to the Trojans. All five of the hits were singles, with two coming from Cory Fradette and another pair from Jake Violette, who suffered the loss on the mound. He pitched into the fifth inning, giving up 10 runs, eight of them earned.
Bristol 7, Rocky Hill 5: Meghan Hamel scored the final three goals of the game to break the tie with the Terriers and lift the co-op to its fourth win of the season. Mikaela Norton scored twice, while Natalie Domitriz and Jade Longo each scored one.
Jess Kenney was strong in net for Bristol, making 12 saves and providing the defense with a backstop. According to Bristol coach Kyle Phelan, it was her best game of the season.
St. Paul 182, Naugatuck 243: The Falcons were led by Ryne Salius, who earned medalist honors with his score of 40, on their way to a win over the Greyhounds. Noah Defeo was second on St. Paul with a 45 and Michael Dolce was third with a 48.
Mercy 183, Naugatuck 249, St. Paul 268: Natalie Millerick had the best day for the Falcons, shooting a 59, as they were defeated by both the Tigers and the Greyhounds. Bella Hamelin had the second-best St. Paul score with a 68 and Alyssa Daly was right behind at 69.