Girls indoor track: Gaelettes led by shot putters

Maeve Sheldon and Heather Garrett compete at the SCC Developmental Meet.

Shelton High girls indoor track team’s shot putters took center stage at the SCC Developmental Meet in New Haven on Monday.

Yasmeen Dabiran finished fifth for coach Scott Snell’s Gaelettes with a state qualifying throw of 32-06.75. The junior led way, as three teammates also qualified for the Class LL state championships.

First-year thrower Arianna Malick popped off a toss of 30-02.5, good for a seventh-place finish.

Sarah Ovesny and Natalia Wilson also hit their personal best with qualifying throws of 29-07 and 29-05.5.

Other standouts in the field events included another strong performance from senior captain Lauren Pawloski in the pole vault with a leap of 8-06.

Kelly Hurd cleared 4-6 in the high jump.

Senior captain Elizabeth Herlihy improved on her state qualifying time and personal record in the 55 meter hurdles with a 9.09. It was a photo finish for Herlihy (9.08) behind Ayesha Nelson of Hillhouse at 9.08.

Kasidy Quiles also qualified in the hurdles with a sixth-place overall finish at 9.79.

It was a crowded field of sprinters Monday night at the House.

Of 212 competitors in the 55-meter dash, sophomore Haley Oko finished with a 7.83 and Emma Wadeka with an 8.11.

Of 189 300-meter runners, Herlihy led the Gaelettes with a 10th-place finish at 46.56.

Hurd was 15th with a 46.74 and Oko 21st at 47.36.

Out of 46 entries, the 1600 meter sprint medley relay team of Oko to Hurd sprinted the Gaelettes to a good start at a combined 56.35, before passing the baton to juniors Jackie Perna and then Amanda LoMonte for a sixth-place finish in a state qualifying time of 4:46.73.

Shelton distance runners continued their strong start to the year, as Heather Garrett ran a LL qualifying 1:49.48 in the 600 and a 65-second leg in the 4×400.

Amanda LoMonte added the 1600 to her qualifying times as well with a 5:48.2 in the mile run.

Shelton’s next meet is this Saturday at the Coaches Invitational, once again at Floyd Little in New Haven.

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