NEW BRITAIN - St. Paulâ€™s Christian Sturm won the state boys hammer throw title on Wednesday afternoon at Willow Brook Park, as the final CIAC events of the school year were contested in the annual state decathlon, heptathlon, hammer throw and steeplechase competitions.
Sturm tossed the hammer 158 feet, 5 inches in his final throw to set the standard. He had already bested the mark set by second-place finisher Charles Ritchel of Seymour (146-7) with his two previous throws, which went 152-10 and 153-5.
Southingtonâ€™s Amanda Howe placed second in the girls hammer throw on Tuesday with a toss of 142-10, second only to Brittany Jones of Bloomfield (162-2). Southington teammate Julia Groll placed eighth (113-11), while Innovationâ€™s Morgan Sartor was 25th (60-2).
Bristol Easternâ€™s Chris LeBeau placed third in the boys 3,000-meter steeplechase on Wednesday, while Southingtonâ€™s Ryan Slesinski was third in the boys 2,000-meter steeplechase and New Britainâ€™s Shaelyn Pacheco was third in the girls 2,000-meter steeplechase.
Windhamâ€™s Alexander Korczynski set the pace in the boys 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:45.51, with LeBeau finishing in 10:04.79. Also in the race were Bristol Centralâ€™s Matt Roy (10th, 10:27.96), Southingtonâ€™s Conner Leone (12th, 10:36.46), Southingtonâ€™s Sean Young (24th, 11:09.73), Southingtonâ€™s Jordan McMeans (32nd, 11:58.62), Plainvilleâ€™s Connor McNamara (33rd, 12:00.62), Plainvilleâ€™s Cole McNamara (36th, 12:27.49) and Southingtonâ€™s Matthew Penna (38th, 12:29.99).
Stoningtonâ€™s Rhys Hammond won the boys 2,000-meter steeplechase in 6:42.10, with Slesinski finishing in 6:55.93. Other area runners competing were: Jeffrey Hannigan, Southington, fourth, 7:02.51; Jacob Woznicki, Bristol Eastern, tied for fifth, 7:05.91; Sergio Rodriguez, New Britain, ninth, 7:14.73; Darien Figueroa, New Britain, 19th, 7:32.92; Tanner Sperry, Southington, 20th, 7:34.52; Matthew Maciejewski, Southington, 27th, 7:58.12; Jacob Mohr, Southington, 30th, 8:02.41; John Doyon, Bristol Eastern, 31st, 8:02.59; Bryan Buckley, Plainville, 32nd, 8:02.90; Nicholas Provenzano, Bristol Eastern, 34th, 8:04.98; Zachary Martin, Bristol Eastern, 39th, 8:16.37; Michael Dorsey, Southington, 43rd, 8:20.29; Ryan Asido, Southington, 45th, 8:36.36; and Benjamin Hoffman, Southington, 50th, 9:10.36.
Nonnewaugâ€™s Mary Bibbey won the girls 2,000-meter steeplechase in 7:09.51. Pacheco crossed the finish line in 7:34.45. Seven Southington runners also competed: Kate Kemnitz (6th, 7:53.63), Isabella Scalise (10th, 8:04.04), Anny Moquete Volquez (23rd, 8:30.72), Kailey Schmarr (33rd, 8:54.17), Amanda Perkowski (35th, 8:55.10), Catherine Myers (42nd, 9:02.10) and Natalia Adamczyk (53rd, 9:39.59).
New Britainâ€™s Donavan Dorce had the best finish among area athletes in the decathlon/heptathlon events, finishing eighth in the decathlon with 5,049 points. Dustin Van Kirk of Canton won with 5,598 points. Other area competitors in the decathlon were Newingtonâ€™s Greston Walwyn (30th, 4,280), Southingtonâ€™s Cameron Clynes (31st, 4,271) and St. Paulâ€™s Jake Sanzone (34th, 4,132).
Two girls from Innovation competed in the heptathlon: Katerina Rodriguez (23rd, 3,061 points) and Bailee Nardi (31st, 2,703). The winner was Griswoldâ€™s Kalliâ€™Ana Botelho, with 4,270 points.