By MICHAEL LETENDRE
MIDDLETOWN – The Bristol Central boys track team had one heck of a day at the Middletown Invitational on Saturday, May 2.
And Bristol Eastern, sending a smaller group to the event, had some big finishers as well.
From the relay events, to the hurdles, to the field events, the Rams were successful on multiple fronts.
And, in what has seemed to be a familiar pattern at Bristol Central meets, a couple of new records were established by the Rams.
One new standard was established for all to see in the 4×400 meter relay as the crew of D’Andre Conaway, Tamir Hornesby, Andrew Damon-Smith, and Drew Lee won the event behind the stellar time of 3:24.77 – a new school record.
That was just the tip of the iceberg as several athletes performed well on the very big stage that the Middletown Invitational provided.
“We had a great meet today,” said Bristol Central coach Tamara Stafford-Kirk. “Our relays were on fire and we ended the night with a new school record and victory in the 4×400 meter relay. The relay team of Conaway, Hornesby, A. Damon-Smith, and Lee was on a mission to beat the school record and they did it with an exclamation point!”
The 4×400 relay team’s new record smashed a school standard of 3:27.03 set by Matt Greer, Chris Janczyk, Mitchell Pecevich, and Josh Darveau-Simmons back in 2007.
And then in the 3200 meters, four Bristol Central athletes made top finishes in the competitive event.
In the two mile affair, the grouping of Josh Signore (16th, 10:18.31), Matt Varnum (24th,10:33.37),
Hunter Damon-Smith (28th, 10:39.06), and Solomon Baldeo (32nd, 10:43.16) all came away with outstanding times and finishes.
“On the distance side of things, we looked very strong in the 3200 meter run with four boys under 10:45 which qualifies them all for the CCC South Championship,” said Stafford Kirk. “Drew Lee continues to be strong on the track and in the jumps while Jevon Smith continues to tear it up in the hurdles.”
Smith broke his own school record in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.56 seconds, good for fifth place at the competitive meet.
But not too far behind was Eastern’s Jorge Hernandez, taking seventh in the hurdles event with a time of 15.87 seconds; while in the 300 hurdles, Hernandez nabbed a 10th place finish in 42.14 seconds.
The Rams did well in the 300 hurdles as well as the grouping of Jevon Smith (11th , 42.21 seconds),
Eddie Rodriguez (17th, 43.24) and Jaavon Gordon (19th, 43.89) all made top finishes.
In the 4×800 meter relay event, Central’s squad of Andrew Damon-Smith, Tamir Hornesby, Josh Signore, and Andrew Marcantonio took second place in 8:21.36; while for Eastern, Chris Lebeau, Kenny Tenan, Mike Centoni, and Max Jirouard placed 16th in 8:51.11.
Central’s 4×100 meter relay team of Luis Medina, D’Andre Conaway, Tavon Royster, and Drew Lee took seventh in 44.23 seconds.
Also for Lee, he earned a third place finish in the long jump (20-10.75) while the Lancers Romero Sanchez had a leap of 18’04.00”, good for 26th.
Also for the Rams, Tamir Hornesby nabbed 12th in the 400 meters (52.24 seconds); while in the 800 meters, Andrew Marcantonio took 19th in 2:07.26.
Around the field, Central’s Hector Ortiz (11th, 39’10”) saw success in the triple jump and Sanchez (14th, 38’05.25”) did well in the event for the Lancers.
Jevon Smith (18th – 37’10.75”) placed in the top 20 in the triple jump; while Central’s Hector Ortiz cleared 5’8” in the high jump, good for 14th place.
Central’s pole vaulting duo of Matt Pittman (17th, 10’0”) and Tyshaun Rodriguez (23rd, 9’6”) cleared high marks; while in the shot put, the Rams’ Jamill Tolliver took 19th with a successful throw of 40’3.5”.
By MICHAEL LETENDRE