The first South-West Conference meet of the season was a bit of a “rust buster” for the Joel Barlow High boys and girls indoor track teams.
The whole squad was not in peak form on the day; several inches of snow had disrupted some Falcons’ training leading up to the competition. Taking this into account, Head coach James Murray instructed his athletes to treat the meet as an opportunity to revive the competitive spirit after time spent away from the track.
The team members who trained most consistently over the holiday break would produce the most impressive performances on Saturday, Jan. 5, at Wesleyan University’s Bacon Field House.
Senior Logan Fulton strode to a time of 2 minutes, 41.6 seconds in the boys 1,000 meters, good for second place behind Cameron Swift of Oxford. Fellow senior Colin Rooney finished not far behind Fulton in a personal best time of 2:44.3 — the third-fastest recorded on the day. With their respective runs, both Fulton and Rooney qualified for the SWC and Class M championship meets.
Not to be outdone by her teammate Fulton, junior Olivia Wilson took second in the girls 1,000 meters. Her time of 3:16.6 is quite close to Lily Creighton’s school record of 3:12.
The team’s up-and-coming runners also acquitted themselves well at the meet. Junior captain Henry Pronovost laid down a personal-best time of 5:09.4 in the 1,600 meters, while sophomore Sven Vogel dashed clocked in at 1:36.7 in the 600. Vogel is now less than three seconds away from qualifying for the Class M championship meet in that event, and a mere 0.7 second away from qualifying for the SWC championship.
The expertise of newly-arrived assistant sprints and jumps coach Russ Fallo — a Barlow alumnus who also competed for Central Connecticut State’s track and field team — has evidently benefited the squad’s power-oriented athletes. Senior Alex Dolcimascolo ran a strong time of 6.9 seconds in the 55 meters, qualifying for both the SWC and Class M championships in the process. Additionally, senior Mike Lento qualified for the SWC championship in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 10 inches.
“Team performances were about what we expected,” said Murray. “Having missed some meets in December, we need to return to our usual training and competitive rhythm for better results.”