On the Right Track: Hall Boys Find Success

Sam Frank, Staff Writer

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Records have been falling for the Hall Boys’ Indoor Track Team. The defending Class L champions have followed up their banner season with more success—including 4 new school records and another championship.

One could say it began at the US Army Hispanic Games, in New York City on January 6th. There, Junior Trey Cormier broke the school record for the mile by nearly 2 seconds, with a time of 4:20.96. This strong performance earned Trey a fifth-place finish in the meet’s invitational division. Just five days later, fellow junior Miller Anderson broke the record in the 600 meters with a time of 1:24.16.

Cormier and Anderson combined their efforts a week later at the Yale Track and Field Classic for another record. Along with junior Dylan Rendon and senior Naji Middleton, they ran the 1200-400-800-1600 meter Distance Medley Relay in 10:13.85 – not only smashing the school record by over 12 seconds but ranking them third among all high schoolers in the United States.

The very next day, Anderson broke Cormier’s freshly set record in the mile by just over one second, coming in at 4:19.48.Additionally, Cormier’s unofficial 1600 meter split in the relay was 4:14.8, equivalent to a 4:16 mile. It seems certain that the two talented teammates will leave their mark on the record book before graduating next year.

Despite the individual success, a well-rounded team has propelled Hall to success in the postseason. On Saturday, January 27th, they captured the Central Connecticut Conference Championship, a prize that eluded them last season. Hall performed especially well in the relays. They placed among the top four teams in each race, winning two of the four – the 4x800m and the 1600m Sprint Medley. Coach Scott Sampietro highlighted his team’s depth as the key to the victory.

“Having enough people that we could have people fresh in every event” gave Hall a big advantage over the other teams, he said. Sampietro was also proud of his team’s hard work and dedication, saying, “everyone comes in and they’re selfless. People do what they need to to help the team win.”

The meet was not devoid of standout individual performances. Anderson broke his own record in the 600, placing second with a time of 1:24.01. Senior Brandon Beecher shined in the shot put, as he set a new personal best with each of his sixth attempts, finishing with a throw of 46’ 4.5”, a three and a half foot improvement over his last performance at the McReavy Invitational. From the Girl’s team, sophomore Jess Mason ran a personal best and finished sixth.

Hall managed to score at least once in all but three events (the Pole Vault, Long Jump, and 55m Hurdles), an all-around effort that propelled them to a 68.5 point finish – and a 10 point victory over defending champion Glastonbury.

Next, they will head to the Class L State Championship at Hillhouse High School in New Haven to defend their title.

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On the Right Track: Hall Boys Find Success