NEW BRITAIN - The Southington girls outdoor track and field team proved itself to be the best in Connecticut Monday, winning the State Open championship at Willow Brook Park in New Britain.
That title would not have been possible without pole vaulter Megan Biscoglio. The senior cleared a mark of 12 feet, 6 inches, which tied a State Open record, to win the event and earn a crucial 10 points for the Blue Knights.
Even more impressive is the strides the All-Stater has made since getting into the sport.
Biscoglio originally did gymnastics, but a shoulder injury in eighth grade required surgery. She then reinjured the shoulder her freshman year of high school, which forced her to make a choice.
“It was kind of a shock,” Biscoglio said. “Being told ‘either you’re going to have another surgery and be out for another year or you can stop today and try to do another sport.’ I played freshman field hockey, just doing stuff that a lot of people also hadn’t done before.”
She had a lot of friends who played soccer, so she tried that also. But the fit simply wasn’t there.
“I just couldn’t really catch up to them,” Biscoglio said. “I didn’t want to be thrown into that. So I decided to try out for track and field, because I use to run 5K’s and such with my dad. It’s kind of just I went for it to see if I could do something different.”
That’s when track and field and more specifically pole valuting came along. That decision has paid off, as Biscoglio became a central part of the Blue Knights’ success over the past four indoor and outdoor seasons.
“As a freshman, she was jumping seven or eight feet,” Southington head coach Connor Green said of Biscoglio. “But then things just started to click a little bit more. As a junior, she finished third in [Class] LL in outdoor and ended up winning the State Open and runner up [at the] New England [Championships]. That really propelled her to a new level.”
Biscoglio reached a whole new level this year. She won the pole vault at the Class LL Indoor and Outdoor championships. Pairing that with defending her State Open title, it has been quite the senior season for the track star.
But for Green, the impact Biscoglio has had goes beyond results. The leadership she has shown, especially this season, will leave a lasting impact on the younger players.
“She is one of our team captains, and she has been a leader on our,” Green said. “We have a young group of pole vaulters, probably about 10 or 12 of them. Her and Zack [Burleigh] basically took them under their wings and led them. She’s one of those kids where actions speak a lot louder than words. People see the way she acts. She’s always willing to help and people follow that lead. She has just been absolutely critical to the success of our program.”
Soon, it will on to the next challenge for Biscoglio, who is heading to UConn in the fall. Yet she’s still looking to round out this season on another high note. She has the personal goal of being able to clear 13 feet.
“I’m getting closer and closer to my target of 13 feet,” Biscoglio said. “I’ve been working really hard to get to that, so it’s nice to just keep getting better.”
Despite Biscoglio graduating, her presence has made a lasting impression on the coaches, athletes and program as a whole.
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