Hall hosted crosstown West Hartford rival Conard in boys and girls outdoor track and field on Tuesday afternoon.
By Paul Palmer
The Hall boys and girls track and field teams came away with home wins over Conard on Tuesday – with a convincing 113-37 win on the boys’ side while on the girls’ side it was much tighter with Hall winning 78-72.
Several athletes set season best and personal best marks on the day.
Hall’s Sam Sandler doubled in the 100 and 200 meter dash. His 10.97 in the 100 meters was a personal best and his 22.26 in the 200 meters was also a personal best. Conard’s Evan Belabe ran a season best 11.16 in the 100 and a personal best 22.44 in the 200 to take second place in both events.
Conard senior Clare Gillis won the 100 meters in a season best 12.74 and then won the 200 in 27.03 while teammate Ellie Schaefer was second in both races. Bryce Blodgett of Hall swept the hurdles on the boys side, including a 16.47 finish to win the 110 meter hurdles.
Conard junior Audrey Kirkutis continued her strong spring performances. She set a personal best in winning the high jump at 5-7, a personal best in the long jump at 17-02.50, and also won the triple jump with a leap of 32-10.25.
Hall’s Anna Siciliano doubled in the shot and discus, while teammate Brooke Martindale set a personal best in the shot and finished second, also winning the javelin with a personal best throw of 92-00.
Gabe Sisk won the mile by a little over 10 seconds for the Warriors, with Conard’s Uri Noiman finishing second. Chieftain senior runner Callum Sherry easily won the 3200 meters in a season best time of 9:20.37.
One of the closest races on the boys side came in the 800 meters where Hall’s Jonathan York edged teammate Walker Beverly by .02 seconds.
Sherry sisters Liv and Tess also earned victories for Conard. Liv pulled away from Hall’s Katherine Sanderson and the rest of the field down the final 100 to win the 800 meters in 2:24:23 – a personal best. Twin sister Tess Sherry was first in the 1600 meters in a time of 5.13.64. Hall’s Sanderson came back to win the 3200 meters in 11.29.81.
In the 400 meters, it was a clean sweep for the Hall boys. Scottie Gilden took first in a time of 55.90 and was followed across the finish line by Dylan Albanese (56.20) and Tyler Bach (59.19).
In the boys shot put, Hall took the top five spots with Colin Richards’ 45-06.75 besting teammate Nick Xavier by just under five feet. Xavier uncorked a massive 128 foot toss to win the discus by nearly 20 feet over his next closest competitor.
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