NEW BRITAIN - The State Open for track and field took place in New Britain on Monday and several local schools had athletes compete. Southington fared the best overall as it finished eighth overall with 23 points and had two winners..
The Blue Knights were led by junior Megan Biscoglio as she won the girls pole vault by racking up 10 points. Another winner from Southington came in the discus throw as junior Amanda Howe beat out Brittany Jones of Bloomfield. Howe also finished in sixth place in the girls shot put picking up three points. Both Howe and Biscoglio will be moving on to New Englands on Saturday.
The final Blue Knight to compete at the state open was Zach Burleigh and he did so in the boys pole vault. The junior finished in 10th place.
The team with the second best day was Berlin. The Redcoats had more athletes competing in more events than Southington did but didn’t have as good finishes. Nikki Xiarhos was notable on the day as she finished 11th and seventh in the 100 and 200 meter dash respectively.
Berlin’s high jumper Matt Luddy finished just outside of the scoring in ninth place getting as high as 6-feet-2 inches.
The only other local school to compete in the state open was Plainville and it picked up three points thanks to Lauren Tanner. The senior finished in sixth place in the girls javelin throw.
The Berlin boys golf team competed in the Division II championship on Monday morning and finished in ninth place out of the 20 teams competing. As a team the Redcoats shot a 337 which was 49-over par.
The top individual for Berlin was Mike McCarthy as he shot an 82, 10-over par, which tied him for 30th place. Following close behind McCarthy were teammates Michael Calafiore and Ricky Nappi who each shot an 84 and tied for 41st.