Category Archives: Track and Field


Naugy track will benefit from additions

NAUGATUCK — He wasn’t exactly Brad Childress waiting with bated whistle to hear whether Brett Favre would rejoin the Minnesota Vikings (still uncertain, by the way), but Naugatuck track and…


The Science of Running

They’re a meet day mainstay, though the faded, burgundy leather boat shoes befit a man who owns a closet full of Bermuda—rather than running—shorts. But to Naugatuck High cross country and track coach Bill Hanley, nautical footwear is as essential as a pair of Nikes.

“What I’ll do is when I go to meets, I’ll wear Sperry Topsiders because they don’t have a lot of support,” he explains. “So on Saturdays, as I’m running around the course … I’m strengthening my lower legs.”

And all this time I thought it was a fashion statement. I should have known better. See, Hanley, a special education science teacher at NHS, is a man of reason, and there’s a very good reason why he rocks those white-soled, bow-tied beauties.


Moriello 8th in 2-mile at national meet

NEW YORK — In the final indoor race of a brilliant career, Naugatuck’s Rosa Moriello ran her fastest two miles ever Sunday at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships, finishing eighth,…

NE Indoor: Moriello 8th; Pisco, Hawks 11th

BOSTON — In the fastest indoor mile in New England championship history—three girls broke the previous meet record—Naugatuck’s Rosa Moriello placed eighth Friday at the Reggie Lewis Center, in five…

Runners’ maturity evident in NE prep

BOSTON — Naugatuck track and field coach Ralph Roper remembers—with a mix of personal humor and vicarious embarrassment—the first time Greyhounds star Tori Pisco ran on a banked track. “I…


Locals produce 3 top 6 finishes at Open

NEW HAVEN — It was a call made for the good of the team, the kind of decision a coaching staff can only make when it has veteran runners who are both unselfish and clutch.

Woodland coaches Jeff Lownds and Tim Shea scratched senior Brandon Fowler from the 300-meter dash at Saturday’s indoor track and field State Open at the New Haven Athletic Center, hoping to conserve his energy for the anchor leg of the four-by-400 meter relay. Fowler was seeded 13th in the 300, a long shot to crack the top six and qualify for the New England championships, but it was his last chance to run his best individual event.

Woodland boys’ track second in Class M

NEW HAVEN — He’s an oddity at the start line: Standing erect, while his fellow hurdlers crouch in their blocks, legs cocked like the gun about to signal the beginning of their race.

Despite—or, perhaps, because of—his unorthodox posture, Woodland’s Brandon Fowler posted the fourth-fastest time in the 55-meter hurdles at Friday’s Class M indoor track and field championships at the New Haven Athletic Center then finished third in the 300 and anchored the second-place four-by-400 meter relay team. The senior’s efforts helped the Naugatuck Valley League champion Hawks tally 37 points and finish second overall, behind only mighty host Hillhouse High.


Moriello breaks Class L 1,000m record

NEW HAVEN — Rosa Moriello earned her wings Thursday at the Class L indoor track and field championships at the New Haven Athletic Center. The Naugatuck senior broke a six-year-old meet record in the 1,000-meter run, winning in two minutes, 58.94 seconds, a feat that may inspire a little artwork on her feet.

“I made a deal with my dad that if I broke the school record, I would ‘earn my wings,’” Moriello said, grinning. “I want to get a tattoo of those [Apollo] wings on my ankles.”

“You can always change your mind,” replied an alarmed NHS coach Bill Hanley. “A tattoo is forever. Would you want your middle school haircut forever?”


Local track teams dominate NVL meet

NEW HAVEN — The Naugatuck and Woodland girls went 1-2, and the boys did the same, in reverse order, as the local track and field teams ruled the Naugatuck Valley League indoor championships Tuesday at Hillhouse High School.

The Garnet and Grey ladies racked up 132.5 points to secure their fourth consecutive league title, while the Hawks gents’ 114.5 earned them the first in school history.

Woodland All-Decade Boys’ Track

Team of the decade: 2009 Out: T-best record in school history (11-1); Copper champion; Class M runner-up Athlete of the decade: Eric Alfiere All-New England outdoor (2007); Class M, State…