NEW BRITAIN - This yearâ€™s All-Herald Girls Track Team boasts a group of some of the most decorated athletes in the area, from state and regional champions to top finishers on the national stage.
Berlinâ€™s Patricia Mrozckowski ended her high school career as one of the most dominant athletes the school has seen. The UConn commit finished in second place in the high jump at the State Open before shining at the New England Championships, where she finished in first place in the event with a jump of 5 feet, 8 inches. After finishing in seventh place at the New Balance National Championships during the indoor season, Mroczkowski ended her sparkling season and Berlin career as the best high jumper in the region.
The Redcoats were represented at the outdoor national championships this season by the 1600 sprint medley team, with sophomores Noelle Konior and Megan Perrotta leading the way. The duo helped the sprint medley team finish in seventh place at the event with a time of 4:11.88. The two all-conference winners were also part of the 4x100 relay team that finished in 13th place at this yearâ€™s State Open with a time of 50.59, less than one second away from finishing in the top-five. The two had plenty of individual success as well, as Perrotta came in eighth place at the State Open in the 800 meter run, while Konior finished 23rd in the 100 meter dash and 16th in the 200 meter dash.
New Britain gains two entries onto this yearâ€™s team, highlighted by junior Raven-Symone Jarrett, who ended her season as the first athlete in program history to win the state heptathlon. Jarrett also boasts the school record in the high jump, 100 meter hurdles and the 300 meter hurdles, becoming one of the best track athletes in Hurricanes history. Jarrettâ€™s all-conference selection completed an impressive trifecta this year, earning the honor in track, basketball and volleyball. Her collegiate fate is still undecided, but the all-around athlete is being recruited for all three sports.
Jarrettâ€™s teammate Rozalynn Smith was also an all-conference selection this year, helped along by a CCC championship in the triple jump. The sophomore also secured a fifth-place finish in the same event at the Class LL championships, and came in 13th place at the State Open. Smith also competes in gymnastics at Farmington Valley.
The Innovation track program continued its rapid climb this year, and a pair of seniors were a big part of their quickly-increasing relevance. Morgan Sartor was an all-conference honoree in discus and shot put this season, holding a personal record of 111 feet, 11 inches in the discus. However, neither of those are her strongest event. Sartor qualified for the New England Championships in the hammer throw and came in 11th place, while also ranking in the top-55 nationally after competing at the New Balance National Championships. Sartor, the Innovation Class of 2019 Valedictorian, will be competing at the Division-II level next season for Le Moyne College, competing in the hammer throw, weight and discus.
Aaliyah Walker also did plenty to help the Ravens this season, setting six school records including the triple jump, her best event. The senior was an All-State winner in the event (the first in school history) after coming in third place at the State Open and eighth place at the New England Championships. Walker also was a conference champion in the triple jump, long jump and 300 meter hurdles. Walker will take her talents, and her 3.91 GPA, to CCSU next season, where she will compete in track and field.
The Southington track team also had a number of all-conference winners this season, including Trinity Cardillo, who continued her path to becoming one of the best throwers the Blue Knights have ever had. The junior recorded two top-five finishes at the State Open, coming in second in the shot put and fourth in the discus, while winning the hammer throw event at the end of the season. Cardillo then moved on to the New England Championships and placed in the top-10 twice once again, finishing in ninth in the discus and eighth in the shot put. She finished her phenomenal year with a 21st-place finish in the shot put and a 24th-place finish in the hammer throw at the national championships.
The Blue Knights also had a dominant jumper this year in junior Sydney Garrison, who came in second place in the high jump at the State Open before joining Cardillo at the regional and national level. She came in sixth place in the high jump at New Englands with a jump of 5 feet, 3 inches, and recorded the same height at the national championships, good for 29th place overall. With both Cardillo and Garrison returning next year, Southington should be in for another proud season.
Plainvilleâ€™s Sydni Spencer rounds out our group, an all-conference winner who made a mark at the State Open alongside fellow jumpers Garrison and Smith, coming in 12th place in the triple jump (just ahead of Smith) and fifth place in the long jump. The Blue Devils will miss the senior next season, who came back from an ACL tear to finish her Plainville career on a high note.
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