Chronicle Staff Reports
NEW HAVEN â€” Windham High senior Alex Korczynski was a double-event state champion on Friday afternoon with first-place finishes in the 1,000 meters (2:31.96) and 1,600 meters (4:25.51) at the CIAC Class M state championship at the Floyd Little Athletic Center.
â€śAlex had a great race in the 1,000,â€ť Windham coach Becky Howard said. â€śHe was pushed for the first three laps and then really took off. Both myself and [assistand coach] James Thompson are extremely excited on having a double-event champion representing our program.â€ť
Korczynski also ran the anchor leg of the 4x400-meter relay squad that finished second (3:35.64) as he held off a late kick from Blake Jandreau, the anchor for Lyman Hall (third place, 3:36.14). Allen Sfakois, Anthony Titus and Enrique Lopez-Garcia were the other members of Windhamâ€™s 4x400-meter squad.
Also, Natanael Barbosa Torres finished fourth in the shot put with a personal best throw (47-4Âľ) while Garcia-Lopez also set a personal low mark with his third-place finish (8.08) in the 55-meter hurdles.
RHAM High junior Michael Browning also was a big winner in Class M as he won the shot put (56-7Âľ) with a performance that was over three feet longer than second-place finisher Collin Martin of Planville (53-7Â˝).
Browning, who would have won the event on his first throw (54-10Âľ), recorded the winning distance on his fourth throw of the event. His personal best (59-6Â˝) is the 13th-longest in the nation this year.
On the girls side, RHAM junior Bridget Lalonde tied for first place in the 55-meter dash (7.39) with Hillhouse-New Haven junior Ayesha Nelson.
Edith Walker (1,000 â€” 3:12.34) and Libby Walker (1,600 â€” 5:36.44) each finished fifth for the Sachems, who were 10th overall (17 points).
Hillhouse swept both the boys and girls team titles.
Sidney Pankowski (14 points) and Hailey Tompkins (13 points) each finished in double-figures and Lyman Memorial defeated Windham, 43-32, on Friday night in an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division III game.
Victoria Beckwith added nine points while Nicole Bibeau (3 points) had four rebounds, four steals and three assists for the Bulldogs (12-7 overall, 9-3 Division III), who finished second behind Plainfield (10-2) in Division III.
Nicole Peralta (14 points) made four 3-pointers and Neisha Rodriguez added 12 points for the Whips (10-9, 6-4).
In other games â€¦
Maria Tomas scoerd 22 points for Parish Hill in a 60-23 Capital Region Athletic League victory over Public Safety Academy in Chaplin.
Hannah Vieira added 17 points while Kaysie Dupuis had eight points for the Pirates (16-2 overall, 9-0 CRAL).
Cliff Jones led four players in double-digits with 34 points and combined with Eddie Rivera (14 points) on seven 3-pointers as Windham wrapped up a CIAC Division IV state tournament berth with an 89-74 victory over Lyman Memorial at Callaghan Gymnasium.
Jhakobe Watson added 21 points and Jovan Almandover had 13 points for the Whips (8-8 overall, 5-4 Division III), who led 20-9 after one quarter and 48-30 at halftime.
David Lopez Jr. led all scorers with 38 points for the Bulldogs (6-9, 4-6).
In Chaplin, Cyrus Sprague recorded a triple-double (14 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) and Parish Hill led at all stops in a 67-43 CRAL victory over Public Safety Academy.
Zach Mihok led all scorers with 23 points while Tommy Lehoux had 10 points and eight rebounds to help lift the Pirates (12-5 overall, 7-2 CRAL).
Kyle Camello (Coventry) scored twice on the power play in the third period that provided insurance goals for BCR (Bolton-Coventry-RHAM-Rockville) in a 4-0 non-league victory over BBD (Brookfield-Bethel-Danbury) at the Bolton Ice Palace.
Sean Power (Coventry) added a goal and assist while Kyle Johnson (RHAM) also scored for the Shamrocks (2-12). Kyle Pesco, Max Sendley and Peter Riehl â€” all from RHAM â€” had assists. Liam Kelleher (RHAM) made 13 saves to record the shutout in net.