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Lanz Medals In State Open Track, Paek Makes Cheshire Girls' Golf History, Orlins Reaches Semis On Tennis Court

On Monday, track athlete Squirrel Lanz earned a pair of top-five hurdles finishes in the State Open. Photo by Greg Lederer.

Squirrel Lanz sprints to the finish line in the 100-meter hurdles finals of the State Open.

by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

On Monday, Cheshire High School outdoor track and field athletes made an impact in the State Open at Willow Brook Park in New Britain. Led by senior Squirrel Lanz, CHS girls tied for 18th place (12 points).For hurdles, Lanz earned a bronze medal in the 300-meters (44.99) and placed fourth in the 100-meters (14.61).

“I feel really good, especially in the 100. I was worried I wasn’t going to do very well today, but then I PR’d (personal record time) and got fourth. So, I’m really happy with that,” stated Lanz. “In the 300, I expected to get third. It wasn’t really that close between me and second or fourth and me, so that was expected. I would have liked to slightly get a better time, but it was so hot and humid today. I’m glad that I got under 45 (seconds). I am proud of it.”

To end the meet, Lanz teamed with juniors Camryn Beeman and Leah Farrell and senior Mia Vientos to finish eighth (4:05.10) in the 4x400-meter relay.

Senior Alexa Ciccone, sophomore Ava Ciccone, Farrell, and Vientos took ninth in the 4x800-meter race (9:41.05). Vientos secured 22nd place in the 800-meters (2:24.77).

Alexa Ciccone (3,200-meters) and senior Nicole Emede (shot put) also competed individually.

For boys, junior Daniel Irish came in 18th in the 1,600-meters (4:32.12). He also partnered with seniors James Ferraro and Tyler Caron and junior James Boyd to take 12th place (8:09.19) in the 4x800-meter relay.

As a top-six finisher in both hurdles races, Lanz has qualified for Saturday’s New England Interscholastic Championship at the University of New Hampshire. The track portion kicks off at 10:30 a.m.

“I hope to PR in the 300 (hurdles). I haven’t been doing that as much as I’d like to this year, so I hope to do well and in the 100 (hurdles), too,” explained Lanz. “I’m excIted to go. It (the 100-meter hurdles field) is really competitive this year I’d going to try to get finals, but I’m not going to put too much pressure on it.”

Girls’ Golf

In the Division I Championship, sophomore Julia Paek made history as the Cheshire program’s first individual state champion at Tashua Knolls Golf Course in Trumbull. In her statewide debut, Paek shot a 66 (six under par) and won the match by eight strokes.

She led CHS to a fourth-place finish (337). Senior captain Sophia DelRosso (85), junior Olivia Beach (89), sophomore Piper Dooling (97), and junior Haley Hannan (106) also competed in the match.

On Friday in Uncasville, Mohegan Sun hosts the State Open at 9 a.m.

On Monday, Julia Paek became the first state champion for Cheshire girls' golf. Submitted photo.

Girls’ Tennis

For the Connecticut Invitational Tournament, junior Alex Orlins (top seed, 18-0) started Monday by sweeping all 12 games from Coginchaug senior Piper Remillard in Round of 16 singles at Hall in West Hartford. She returned to post a 6-2, 6-2 quarterfinal victory over Amity junior Soumya Wijesekera.

For the semifinals on Tuesday, the defending champions competes at 3:30 p.m.

Cheshire tennis player Alex Orlins has posted a 62-1 career record. Submitted photo.

Boys’ Tennis

In the Round of 32 doubles for CIT, junior Finn Hickey and sophomore Luke Hays came up just short 6-2, 5-7, 9-11 to Fitch seniors Morgan Fisher and Nicholas Sousa at Hall in West Hartford.

Remainder of Tuesday’s varsity schedule:

Softball (top seed, 24-1)

CHS carries their 20-game win streak into the Class LL semifinals against Southington (fourth seed, 21-3) at West Haven. Start time is 4 p.m.

In the first meeting on April 25, Cheshire won 4-1 at Southington.

Girls’ Lacrosse (fourth seed, 11-8)

CHS visits Watertown to face Masuk (top seed, 18-3) in their Class L semifinal at 7 p.m.

Boys’ Volleyball (third seed, 21-3)

Riding a 13-match win streak, the Rams head to Naugatuck to play Joel Barlow (second seed, 21-1) in the Class M semifinals at 7 p.m. CHS hasn’t dropped a match since falling 3-2 on April 29 at Joel Barlow in Redding.

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