Hatters dig for gold at New England indoor track and field championships

March 6, 2018 GMT

The waiting must have been the hardest part for the members of Danbury High School’s boys 4x400 relay team at the New England indoor track and field championships on Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Boston.

The Hatters foursome of Malachi Lorick, Glenroy Ford, Sean Michael Parkinson and Malcolm Going had run a 3:25.26 — the seventh-fastest time in program history — but they weren’t in the fastest heat in the event. So, the Hatters were on pins and needles as they watched the next race unfold, and it was only at its conclusion that they finally learned that they had claimed the New England championship in the event for the second straight year — this time by only one-hundredth of a second ahead of Newton North (Mass.).


“We knew it would be difficult, because we weren’t in the fast heat, but we knew we had a chance,” Going said. “We’d all have to run really fast, and I feel like we all did really well. My teammates and I were standing there waiting as the final race unfolded, and when we found out we had won, we were ecstatic.”

That gold medal was one of two around Going’s neck at the end of the meet. He also won the 600 meters in a school-record time of 1:20.38.

“Two of the top three guys in the country were in that race,” Going said. “I knew I was going to have to run really hard. The race plan was to try to stick with the leaders and kick at the end, and I feel like I performed pretty well.”

Saturday was a big day for many local track and field stars.

Also for the Hatter boys, the team of Parkinson, Going, Lorick and Christopher Cledera finished 10th in 1:33.65, while Dan Nichols finished 12th in the two-mile race in 9:37.64.

New Milford’s Charles Osborne finished seventh in the 600 in a school-record time of 1:22.48. Newtown’s Zachary Crebbin placed 10th (6-feet-3) and Immaculate’s Spencer Brown finished 17th (6-feet-1) in the high jump.

On the girls side, Immaculate placed third in the 4x800, with the team of Dominique Valentine, Taylor Mascetta, Molly Coyle and Emma Connolly clocking in at 9:27.74, and 12th in the 4x00, with the quartet of Connolly, Coyle, Audrey Sedensky and Valentine finishing in 4:06.42. Also for the Mustangs, Angela Saidman finished sixth in the one-mile (5:05.46), and Mascetta took ninth (5:10.43.

Newtown’s Carly Swierbut placed sixth in the 300 (40.71) and seventh in the 55 meters (7.37), and teammate Marley Marston placed 16th in the shot put (36-feet-5.5).

Danbury’s Lauren Moore finished fourth in the one-mile (5:05.31), while Leah Sarkisian placed sixth in the 600 (1:36.50), Cassandra Sturdevant came in 14th in the 1,000 (3:03.23) and Meilee Kry took 17th in the long jump (16-feet-6.5).

Ridgefield’s Emma Langis placed fourth in the 600 (1:35.71).

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