Ridgefield boys fifth, girls seventh at Class LL meets
The Ridgefield High boys and girls outdoor track and field teams continued the postseason with top-10 finishes at the Class LL state championships on Thursday at Willow Brook Park in New Britain.
Coming off their victory at the conference championship, the Ridgefield boys placed fifth in Class LL with 48 points, two fewer than fourth-place Wilbur Cross.
The Tigers scored 18 of their points in a pair of relay races. Chip Coffin, Amit Markos, James Kane, and Simon Jupp combined to win the 4x400-meter relay in a time of 3:20.49, and Jupp, Charlie King, Coffin, and Markos finished second in the 4x800-meter relay with a time of 7:56.68.
Jupp provided Ridgefield's top individual effort, finishing second in the 400-meter race with a time of 49.13 seconds.
Coffin was fourth in the 800 (1:58.47), and Markos placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (41.02). Kane added two more points with a seventh-place finish in the 400 (50.61).
Liam Byrne contributed points in three field events, finishing fourth in the discus (135'10"), seventh in the javelin (146'1"), and eighth in the shot put (44'4.5").
Chris Colucci completed Ridgefield's scoring with a seventh-place finish in the pole vault (12'0").
A record-breaking performance from Emma Langis led the Ridgefield High girls team to its seventh-place finish at the Class LL meet. The Tigers had 43 points, four more than eighth-place Fairfield Ludlowe.
Langis won the 300-meter hurdles in 44.12 seconds, setting new school and Class LL meet records. The previous meet record of 44.34 was set by Glastonbury's Danielle Brinckman in 2017.
Langis was also part of Ridgefield's second-place 4x400 relay team, combining with her sister, Kate, and Kasey McGerald and Grace Michalowski for a time of 4:00.19. The Tigers were less than a second slower than first-place Danbury (3:59.40).
Ridgefield added another second-place finish in the 4x800 relay, as Gabby Viggiano, Rory McGrath, Kate Langis, and Michalowski teamed for a time of 9:25.71.
More points came from the 4x100 relay of Catherine Conroy, Rebecca Cohen, Tasha Riek, and Carrina Dabroi, which finished fifth in a time of 50.08 seconds.
Tess Pisanelli was fifth in the 3,200 (11:02.55), and Carolyn Donovan finished fifth in the 300 hurdles (46.63).
Michalowski placed sixth in the 800 (2:18.98), and Elizabeth Jasminski was seventh in the 1,600 (5:22.48).