Girls indoor: Shelton Gaelettes third at East Sectionals

Led by its first-place 4x800 meter relay team, two runner-up individual finishes and some personal best times, Shelton High placed third in the Southern Connecticut Conference East Sectional Championship at Floyd Little Athletic Center on Jan. 22.

Hillhouse won the meet with 148, Sheehan of Wallingford had 84 and Shelton scored 53, edging out fourth-place Cheshire, which had 50. Guilford rounded out the top five with 41 points.

The 4x800 relay, comprising Maeve Sheldon, Amanda LoMonte, Adriana Franzese and Alexandra Kenealy, worked to win the title in a time of 10:28.85.

“The 4x800 had a come from behind victory after senior Alexandra Kenealy ran down Hillhouse with a 2:30 split, a season best for her,”  said Michael Barone, head coach of the boys, who helps head coach Jason Kymer lead the girls squad.

Shelton had some stellar individual performances throughout the meet.

Kenealy was second in the 1600 with a time of 5:37.52.

Kasidy Quiles was runner-up in the 55 hurdles in 8.73.

Anna Weissenberg came in sixth in the 1000 with a time of 3:18.53.

In the 3200, Weissenberg earned fourth in 12:29.58 and LoMonte took sixth, clocking in at 12:35.81.

The 4x200 relay of Haley Oko, Elizabeth Sahagun, Nina Turski and Emma Wadeka claimed fifth in 1:55.74.

Shelton’s 4x400 team of Kenealy, Erica Olsen, Elizabeth Porto and Mia Chen finished sixth in a time of 4:37.59.

The sprint medley relay of Oko, Wadeka, Olsen and Sheldon finished fourth in 4:47.06.

Shelton had some impressive performances in field events.

In the high jump competition, Tania Montano earned sixth with a jump of 4-foot-6.

The pole vault event included Elizabeth Porto clearing the bar at 7 feet for third place.

Quiles was sixth in the long jump, leaping 14-10.75.

"She had a great day with a personal record in the 55 hurdles and a season best in the long jump,” Barone said of Quiles.

Yasmeen Dabiran took third in the shot-put competition with a throw of 33-8.5.

“This is a fun group kids,” Barone said. “They work extremely hard, and we're proud to lead them into the conference meet, where we believe our performances can continue to improve.

“Most of the team members (boys and girls) have qualified for the conference championship meet.”

The SCC meet is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 1, at Floyd Little Athletic Center starting at 4.