Greyhounds make their presence felt at Class L meet

MIDDLETOWN — Even though they finished in the middle of the pack, the Greyhounds made sure their presence was felt at the Class L outdoor track championship meet May 30 at Middletown High School.

The Naugy boys finished 12th with 26 points while the girls placed 14th with 15 points. Hall (96 points) won the boys championship. Windsor (130 points) won the girls title.

“I thought we did all right with what we had,” Naugatuck head coach Ralph Roper said. “Going up against the larger schools like Windsor and Hall, it was pretty much a done deal. But I thought we came out and competed.”

Zach Koslosky won the pole vault by clearing 14 feet and also placed third in the 110 hurdles in 15.50 seconds and the 300 meter hurdles in 40.33.

“Zach had a good day and will be competing in the State Open,” Roper said. “Our 4×800 team beat their second place time at the NVLs but just missed scoring against some strong competition.”

The boys also scored points with a pair of seventh-place finishes from Shane Carey in the pole vault (12) and Cameron Jacobs in the 300 hurdles (42.99).

Allison Murphy led the girls with a fourth-place finish in the 800 in 2 minutes, 20.56 seconds, beating her NVL time.

“Allison ran a good race,” Naugatuck assistant coach Bill Hanley said. “She was right up there down the stretch but was caught by a senior from Wilbur Cross and got edged out at the finish for third. That will be a lesson for her as she moves on.”

Kylie Neretich was third in the 110 preliminaries but had a false start in the finals and was disqualified. Brianna Soubannarath took fifth in the 110 hurdles.

“Kylie put up a time in the preliminaries that would have had her in line for a third place,” Roper said. “But she just flinched at the start of the finals and that’s all it takes.”

The 4×100 relay team of Alyssa Zarrella, Rachel Huculak, Paige Cruz and Neretich ran to fifth (52.31). The 4×400 team of Evelyn Diaz, Murphy, Huculak and Cruz took seventh in 4:15.23, a personal best and 6 seconds faster than their second-place NVL time.

The State Open is Monday at Willow Brook Park in New Britain.