Impressive seasons from six local girls led to their selections on this year's All-Herald Girls Track Team.
Innovation's Mya Saylor, Southington's Alexah Zaczynski, Plainville's Caitlyn Quilter, Newington's Katie Bohlke, New Britain's Rozalynn Smith and Berlin's Noelle Konior were the local girls chosen.
Saylor starred in the sprints and mid-distance events for the Ravens on the way to qualifying for the state championship meet.
"I think what Mya was able to do this past season was remarkable, as the 100-meter hurdles is an extremely technical event and she had not hurdled in such a long time,” Innovation coach Matthew Lance said. “However, she was right on pace with her PR throughout the season, won the conference championship, and is on track to really excel as a senior. She will enter her senior season after competing in State Championships in the 100-meter hurdles and as the starter for our 4x100 relay this past season.”
Zaczynski was tremendous in the throwing events for the Blue Knights as the senior took second in the javelin and third in the shot put at the CIAC Combined Class LL Championship.
“Alexah is an incredible athlete who was critical in our success at both the Class LL meet and the State Open,” Southington coach Connor Green said. “She is a dedicated student athlete who helped us succeed in so many ways. Her ability to rise to the occasion made her a fantastic teammate and motivator for those around her.”
Quilter contributed to multiple different events for the Blue Devils as the senior captain won the pole vault at the CCC South Meet, but also ran in the 4x100 relay and the 110 meter hurdles.
Caitlyn has overcome a lot during her 4 years at Plainville High School,” Plainville coach Tim Shea said. “We are very proud of her for that. She is a very versatile all-around athlete. She will be missed in the girls program.”
Bohlke, a freshman, was a key component in the Nor'easters mid-distance crew with a fifth-place finish and a personal record at the Class L championship in the 800 meters.
“Katie is the youngest of three Bohlke siblings to be a part of the track program, so we knew she’d have some talent based on that alone,” Newington coach Jen Deschenes-Emord said. “She’s so soft spoken but when she gets onto the track, she gives it everything she has - and can score in most events. Looking forward to see her continued success and breaking more records.”
Smith rounded out her high school career on the right foot with the Hurricanes with a third-place finish in the triple jump and a top 10 finish in the long jump at the North Divison meet.
"Roz was not only a great track athlete during her four years at New Britain High School, she was an excellent student and finished as the class salutatorian for the class of 2021,” New Britain coach Darwin Shaw said. “She is now attending North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina on a full four year academic scholarship. She is majoring in bioengineering.”
Konior was one of a handful of talented sprinters for the Redcoats as the senior was a key cog in their victory at the CCC South Meet. Konior will continue her running career at Hartford this fall.
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