Hawks make their presence felt at Class M meet

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Woodland junior Scott Lang won the javelin throw at the Class M state championships last week with a throw of 168 feet, 7 inches. RA ARCHIVE
NEW BRITAIN — The Woodland boys track team earned an eighth-place finish while the Woodland girls placed 15th at last week’s Class M state championships at Willowbrook Park in New Britain.

Junior Scott Lang won the javelin throw with a heave of 168 feet, 7 inches, beating Windham Tech’s Nick Follansbee by 16 inches. The championship made Lang the only all-state performer for the Hawks.

Lang followed up his Class M championship with an eighth-place finish at the State Open with a throw of 156-11. His one team point for finishing in the top eight was the Hawks’ only point at the Open.

Matt Zaccagnini was fourth in the javelin in Class M with a throw of 152-9. Zaccagnini was 14th at the State Open with a toss of 151-6.

Eric Dietz and Nick LaPerriere both earned team points in the 400 meters at Class M. Dietz finished in fifth with a time of 51.76 seconds while LaPerriere was eighth with a time of 52.50 seconds. Dietz also ran the event at the State Open and was 18th with a time of 51.43 seconds.

Mike Lang earned a tie for sixth in the high jump with a leap of 5-08. Lang was also 12th in the long jump with a bound of 17-7. Mitch White tied for seventh in the pole vault with a height of 11 feet.

The Woodland relays were also strong with a pair of top-eight finishes. The 4-by-400 relay team placed sixth in 3:34.77 while the 4-by-800 squad was seventh with a time of 8:27.22. The 4-by-100 group was 11th in 46.40 seconds.

Other state qualifiers for the boys included Craig Genz (200, 300 hurdles), Tim Madormo (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Ian Bures (110 hurdles, javelin), Mike Torselli (pole vault), and Jon Fitzpatrick (high jump, long jump).

Tayler Boncal earned team points for the girls in two events. She placed fourth in the 400 meters with a time of 1:00.11 while also finishing eighth in the 200 meters with a time of 26.97 seconds. Boncal also qualified for the 400 at the State Open and finished 16th with a time of 1:02.12.

Jiye Park was sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 34-6.50. Park also competed in the 200 meters and finished 14th.

Arica Watford qualified for the finals of the 100 meters and placed seventh with a time of 13.38 seconds. Watford also ran 24th in the 200 meters.

The 4-by-100 relay team finished second with a time of 51.23 seconds while the 4-by-800 squad was 11th in 10:46.25. The 4-by-100 team also ran at the State Open and placed 16th with a time of 51.35 seconds.

Other state qualifiers for the girls included Steph Dumond (100), Ashley Michie (100), Crystal Steinfeld (1,600), Ashley Riley (long jump, triple jump), Olivia Poryanda (javelin), and Kelsey Deegan (javelin).