Thereâ€™s not much the All-Herald Girls Track & Field Team cannot do. This yearâ€™s squad has great runners, both sprinters and long distance, throwers and jumpers that not only make themselves stand out, but their teams as well. As one of the best programs in the area, it is no surprise Berlin has the most athletes on our team, with four, for yet another season. The Redcoats finished in a tie for eighth in Class MM.
Nicole Xiarhos continued to show why she is one of the top sprinters in the state, picking up right where she left off as a sophomore. The junior was all-conference in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes, breaking the school record in the 200 with a time of 25.35 seconds. Xiarhos placed fourth in Class MM in both events and helped the 4x100 relay finish fifth. When it came to the State Open, she finished seventh in the 200, while the 4x100 relay team placed 11th. Xiarhos showed well at the New Englands as well, where she took 12th in the 200.
Patricia Mroczkowski, followed up a highly successful freshman season with an even better one as a sophomore to continue her ascension as one of the best jumpers around with another All-CCC honor. Mroczkowski won the high jump at the MM meet and later took second for the second consecutive year at the State Open.
Nina Dâ€™Amato is a familiar name to those in the high school track circuit. A three-sport athlete, the senior placed seventh in the javelin at the Class MM meet. She also participated in the 2017 New Balance National Track & Field Championship in North Carolina. Dâ€™Amato closes out her career at Berlin ranked third in the javelin and with a fourth straight all-academic honor. She will be attending St. Johnâ€™s University where she will be continuing her track career.
The final Redcoat on our list is Juliana Cancellieri, who capped off a fantastic freshman season and showed she has the ability to be the next great distance runner for the program. Cancellieri won the 3,200 at the CCC meet and followed it up with a ninth-place finish in Class MM where she also helped the 4x800 relay place eighth. An all-conference selection, she will be a name to watch over the next three years.
Southington more than held its own at the Class LL meet, with a 12th-place finish, earning three spots on our squad.
It was quite the season for Megan Biscoglio. The junior dominated her competition at every meet, becoming not only all-conference and All-State, but All-New England as well. After a third-place finish in the pole vault in the Class LL meet, Biscoglio established a new school record in the State Open, with 12 feet, allowing her to capture the title. She then went on to the New England Championships, where she finished second, and then 19th at the New Balance Nationals. A member of the National Honor Society and a high honors student, Biscoglio should have her college of choice by the end of next season.
Her teammate, Amanda Howe, was just as good in the throwing events. Howe finished third in the shot put in Class LL while winning the discus event. Howe was just as successful at the State Open, where she took sixth in the shot put and first in the discus. Her competition at the New England Championship did not fare much better, where she yet again won the discus. Howe was also the 2017 Emerging Elite National Champion in the hammer event. Not surprisingly, she also set records along the way, establishing a new one at the Greater Hartford Open. Although she still has another season at Southington, Howe has plans on participating in track at the Division I level in college and is currently being recruited by James Madison University, Dartmouth College, Cornell and Elon.
Sydney Garrison is just a freshman, but she impressed nonetheless. The high jumper took second at the CCC meet and sixth in the Class LL meet, where she finished with her season best of five feet. Garrison took first at the Freshman Championship meet. Already an All-CCC honoree, Garrison should only get better and become one of the best in the area moving forward.
Plainville had another solid season and landed two throwers on our team. Lauren Tanner earned top marks in the discus and javelin in her senior year, garnering an all-conference selection. At the Class M meet, Tanner took ninth in the discus and did even better in the javelin, where she places second. Her performance in the javelin qualified her for the State Open and she came away with a sixth-place finish. Tanner then went on to the New England meet where she placed in the top 25. She will be continuing her track career at Sacred Heart.
Cheyenne Gregory was another All-CCC performer for the Blue Devils. A participant in the discus and shot put, the sophomore took sixth in the discus at the Class M meet. Gregory earned three medals this past season. With two years to go, Gregory could be even more formidable.
Shaelyn Pacheco is the lone member of the New Britain track team to make our list. The distance runner ended her senior season with an all-conference selection after a strong showing at the Class LL meet, where she placed eighth in the 1,600 and had a top-20 finish in the 800 run.
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