Danbury athletes stand out at Dream Invite
NEW MILFORD—Running under the lights is an opportunity usually reserved for the indoor track.
But on this one night every year the crisp fresh air of a spring night is what some of the best track and field athletes in the state get to run through.
Several fast times were laid down Friday night at New Milford High, as winners were crowned at the 13th Danbury Dream Invitational. The Danbury girls team sent two relays to nationals as part of the evening.
The future of the Hatters was on hand at the onset as sensational freshman Alanna Smith helped the 4x200 relay team — along with Natalee Seipio, Jessica Glowacki and Meilee Kry — to a 1:43.56 time. That was good enough to send the Hatters to nationals in the event.
Danbury’s 800 SMR squad also qualified for nationals with a 1:50.82 time as Shanell Stewart, Emily Souza, Jaylyn Carter and Briana Gilliard made up that quartet.
“Especially with our whole team being seniors our ultimate goal was to send our seniors to nationals,” said Stewart. “The feeling of qualifying with your teammates and accomplishing something you didn’t think you could.”
Smith also helped the Hatters’ DMR team to a 4:09.02 time in the 1,600 SMR.
“Wow,” Stewart said. “Alanna Smith is something else. She is ridiculous, I have no words.”
Xavier senior Pierre Sylvain won the 800 in 1:54.98. Law’s quartet of Naheim Washington, Mike Plaskon, Rayshon Jacobs and Chris Wooton ran a 1:35.87 in the 800 SMR win that event. Ridgefield’s Sam McDonough, Charles MacArthur, Evan Wein and William Baker ran a 3:54.11 in the 1,600 SMR.
The highlight event was the mile, where Xavier’s Robbie Cozean came out on top of a stacked field to win in 4:15.65. He edged Hall’s Trey Cormier (4:15.89) in a back-and-forth tilt in the final lap while several other talented runners - including third-place Miller Anderson of Hall - ran the race.
On of the top middle distance runners in the state, Immaculate senior Taylor Mascetta clocked in at 2:15 in winning the 800. Part of the stellar 4x800 team that swept virtually every event in the winter, Mascetta treated the night as another chance to tune up before the postseason.
“I wanted to stay relaxed tonight and my main goal was to just run the best time I possibly could,” Mascetta said. “Going into the race I didn’t want to get too nervous … I’m glad we’ve had all the success we have this year (in the 4x800) I know we can do even better in outdoor if we can stay focused and keep believing.”
The meet was one of the final preparations for the championship season. The Hatters are set to compete at the FCIAC championships on Tuesday at Southern Connecticut State University.
“I feel like we’re in a really good spot,” Stewart said. “We’re working individually with our groups to make sure we’re all set and all doing well. We’ve had a few injuries but we’re trying to be healthy by championship season.”