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Cheshire Athletes Excel In Class L Track And Field On Thursday, Girls' Golfers Share SCC Crown

From left, Mia Vientos and Alexa Ciccone set CHS girls' outdoor track and field marks on Thursday. Submitted photo.

Track athlete Squirrel Lanz placed second in the Class L 100- and 300-meter hurdles.

by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

On Thursday, Cheshire High School outdoor track and field athletes shined in the Class L Championship at Willow Brook Park in New Britain. Cheshire girls tied Shelton for fifth place (50 points) and CHS boys came in 17th (11 points).

Seniors Mia Vientos and Alexa Ciccone set girls’ school records. By clocking a runner-up time of 2:15.99 in the 800-meters, Vientos broke the Cheshire mark (2:16.16) of Julie Hart from 2010.

“(It is) really, really good because it has been like awhile since that I’ve been hit a block and trying to beat it, so I’m proud of myself. (I’m) happy. (I’m) surprised, but happy.”

Vientos felt that the support of her team meant a lot.

“If I didn’t have my teammates, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to have been able to go out today and do what I did,” stated Vientos.

In finishing the 3,200-meters in 10:43.90, Ciccone also came in second and lowered her school record (10:48.49) from last year.

“It feels like amazing because I haven’t come close to that like all season. In indoor, I kind of wasn’t breaking the 11-minute mark and last year, I ran 10:48 like once,” explained Ciccone. “So, when I came in today at the mile mark at like 5:20, I have a shot to run like low 10:40s. I was really happy with my ending result time.”

Vientos and Ciccone teamed with sophomore Ava Ciccone and junior Leah Farrell to take third (9:40.55) in the 4x800-meter relay.

“(I feel) awesome,” said Vientos. “I’m so happy because we usually tend to like run slower than our seed, but we were exactly where our seed was and we are heading to the State Open, so we are really proud of ourselves.”

To end the meet, Vientos partnered with junior Camryn Beeman, freshman Savannah Koch, and senior Squirrel Lanz to finish fifth in the 4x400-meter relay (4:09.16).

“It is really nice,” stated Lanz. “I haven’t been challenged like that in a 400 in awhile.”

Individually, Lanz earned runner-up times in the 100- (14.78) and 300-meter (44.51) hurdles.

“I’m really proud of it. It wasn’t my best like a PR (personal record), but it felt really good,” explained Lanz. “I can do even better next week (in the State Open).”

Senior Nicole Emede picked up another second-place finish in shot put (34 feet, 8.50 inches).

Sophomore Emily D’Souza took 13th in the 3,200-meters (11:57.30) and junior Aubrielle Richard placed 14th in triple jump (31’2.50”).

Junior Ja’mal Titus was the top Cheshire boys’ finisher, taking fourth in javelin (149’5”). Senior James Ferraro, freshman Matt Gajecki, and juniors Daniel Irish and James Boyd nabbed fifth in the 4x800-meter relay (8:19.15).

Freshman Auritro Dasgupta sprinted to seventh in the 100-meters (11.23). Irish and senior Jack Lengyel came in 10th (4:26.21) and 12th (4:39.11), respectively, in the 1,600-meters.

Seniors Tyler Caron (13th, 10:05.32) and Daniel D’Souza (14th, 10:06.66) placed consecutively in the 3,200-meters. Boyd earned another top-14 finish in the 800-meters (11th, 2:02.80).

Cheshire athletes will return to the same site for the State Open on June 3. Field events begin at 1:30 p.m. and the track races are slated for 2 p.m.

In his Class L track debut, Auritro Dasgupta made the top-10 in the 100-meters.

Girls’ Golf

Cheshire tied Amity for first place (383) in the Southern Connecticut Conference Championship at Silo Point Country Club in Southbury.

Sophomore Julia Paek shot a 73 to take home the individual crown. Paek also received SCC Player of the Year, while Cheshire’s John Williams was named Coach of the Year.

Senior captain Sophia DelRosso earned a 93 on Thursday and joined Paek as an All-SCC honoree. Juniors Olivia Beach (102) and Haley Hannan (115) also made Cheshire’s top-four group.

Sophomore Piper Dooling also contributed for CHS.

On June 3, the Rams visit Trumbull’s Tashua Knolls Golf Course for the Division I Championship at 8:30 a.m.

Pictured on the right, Cheshire girls' golf shared the SCC crown with Amity on Thursday. Submitted photo.

Friday’s varsity schedule:

Softball (top seed, 23-1)

Cheshire carries a 19-game win streak into the Class LL quarterfinals against Newtown (ninth seed, 18-7) at 4:15 p.m. The teams met in the same round last year, with Newtown posting a 4-0 home win.

Girls’ Lacrosse (fourth seed, 10-8)

Cheshire hosts Farmington (fifth seed, 16-3) for Class L quarterfinal action at 5 p.m. Back on May 13, the River Hawks pulled out a 8-7 overtime victory at CHS.

Boys’ Volleyball (third seed, 20-3)

Riding a 12-match win streak into the Class M quarterfinals, the Rams face Newtown (sixth seed, 17-6) at 6 p.m. On May 9, CHS won 3-0 at Newtown.

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