Veteran runners pave way for Berlin girls at State Open

Published on Thursday, 10 June 2021 20:36
Written by TYLER HETU


The Berlin Redcoats were well represented on the girls side of the 2021 CIAC State Open Track and Field meet Thursday, despite not closing the meet with a team score. Overall, Berlin was represented in 10 events, nine of which were for the girls.

Seniors Noelle Konior and Megan Perrotta posted admirable times in the 100 meters and 800 meters, respectively. Both finished outside the top-10, with Perrotta placing 11th and Konior clocking in at 22nd.

The time, despite the not-so-great placing for Konior, was the best time of the season for her and it came on the biggest stage.

In fact, she wasn’t alone. The 4x800 team which had Perrotta as the anchor clocked a season best by almost half a minute.

“Noelle ran her fastest time of the year in the 100 meters. Everybody else, they’ve been close, but they ran so well the last time that it was going to be tough to match that time today, even with a little better competition,” said girls head coach Steve Soucy. “Their fastest times going into the class meet was 10:17 for the 4x800, and they ran a 9:51. They dropped by 27 seconds, and to improve again, it’s very difficult.”

The 4x800 team of Jaden Paldino, Jenna Wenzel, Taylor Demarais and Perrotta had a time that put them in 11th overall.

The reliability of Perrotta and Konior has proved invaluable. Two of the more reliable runners for Berlin this season, Soucy said the presence of them has been important in keeping younger teammates prepared and ready.

“We definitely look at them to take the lead and to lead by example and to make sure they’re prepared for a race and ready to go,” said Soucy. “They’ve both, for the last four years they’ve been here, they’ve been in that position. They’re two of the people that I don’t really think about too much on if they’re going to be prepared - because they are. They’re very consistent with their preparation.”

Perrotta ran in the 800 and was also part of the 4x400 with Christianna Morely, Jenna Wenzel and Jaden Paldino. A 2:20.72 time for 11th in the 800 was part of a day where she also bookended the 4x4 that clocked an 11th-place time of 4:06.60.

Jenna Wenzel (400 meters) was 17th at 1:01.13 as well, running individually.

A team that made much of its noise on the track also had competitors in the field, with Kristen Kozlowski battling in the high jump and triple jump.

In high jump, she faulted three straight times at 5 feet, but cleared 4-10 on her first try. The result netted her an 18th place finish in the state.

In triple jump, Kozlowski was 16th with a distance of 33 feet, 11 niches.

Konior competed in long jump, fouling her first attempt, and then jumping a best of 15-7.5 on her third try. The distance came in at 20th.

Lone Berlin boy misses cut

Mason Memery was the lone Berlin boy to participate in the 2021 CIAC State Open Track and Field meet.

In the long jump, Memery leapt a distance of 19-07, his second jump. He did not make the finals, and finished in 20th place.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Thursday, 10 June 2021 20:36. Updated: Thursday, 10 June 2021 20:38.