Indoor track: Shelton Gaels make their mark
Tuesday was another night filled with top finishers and state qualifying marks for the defending East Sectional champion Shelton High boys indoor track team.
The Scc Developmental Meet in New Haven got off to a strong start for coach Jayson Kymer’s Gaels, when multi-time State Open champion Ed Radzion entered the shot put circle. He debuted his new rotational technique, and despite two fouls, Radzion still managed a first-place throw of 50-foot, 10 inches.
The surprise of the night came in the 55 meter dash.
In the second heat and from the furthest lane, the Gaels found lightning in a bottle with the first-ever race of sophomore Erik Lorent.
Out of 194 sprinters, Lorent made his track debut as the fastest man in the building and therefore, in the SCC, with a scorching 6.61. That time was good for a Class LL qualifying time and he's fast closing in on a school record.
Shifting their team strength from last year's dominant hurdle squad to this year's group of sprinters, the Gaels also saw sophomore Michael Rodia break seven seconds with a 6.95 in the 55 meter dash.
Juniors Nicholas Andrade with a 6.88, Camerin Gumbs at 6.98, and senior captain Sean Sirisouk 7.04, all qualifying for the state championships in the event.
The Gaels also burned some rubber in the 300m sprint.
Out of another field of 194, senior captain Matt Bean took third overall at 37-07 from the second heat. All the way back in heat No. 8, Gumbs also qualified for the states with a time of 39.35.
Junior distance runner Robert Dillon made his season debut in the 1600 with a third-place finish at 4:33.86 in the mile run.
Middle distance competitors and juniors Joshua Sacoto and Zach Muller also qualified for states with 600 meter runs of 1:29.61 and 1:30.02, respectively.
Sacoto and Muller, with Nicholas Andrade and sophomore Zach Prindle in the first two legs, anchored the Gaels 4x400 meter relay team to another qualifying time of 3:53.30.
The Shelton jumpers also had a big night.
Senior David Samedi said he felt good before the meet and lived up to the feeling as he high jumped to eighth place (5-08) and long jumped to fourth (19-09.75).
Multi-sport standouts have bolstered the Gaels roster this season.
Sophomore baseball player Jack Bocchino jumped high for a ninth place with a qualifying 5-08. All-SCC football players Nicholas Andrade finished seventh in the long jump and Jack Carr took 12th.
The Gaels are poised for another run at the Sectional & SCC Championships over the coming month. Their next meet is this Saturday at the Coaches Invitational, once again at the Floyd Little Athletic facility in New Haven.