Knight and Conley Strike Gold at FCIAC Indoor Track Championships

Two New Canaan track and field athletes took first place in their respective events at Thursday’s FCIAC boys indoor championship held at New Haven’s Floyd Little Athletic Center.

Jack Conley, Henry Spangler, Sean Knight and Will Conley pose with their medals from the FCIAC boys indoor track championships. Jack Conley and Knight won gold while Will Conley and Spangler took the silver. Credit: Contributed

Sean Knight blew away the field in the 55-meter hurdles, as the junior established a personal-best time of 7.86 seconds.

Sophomore Jack Conley took home the gold in the shot put. Conley’s throw of 48’3″ narrowly edged his older brother Will Conley by a mere half-inch.

The Rams finished in fifth place as a team, as Danbury won its fourth consecutive conference indoor title.

Knight’s time was the third fastest in the state, according to athletic.net, setting up a potential showdown with Windsor’s Jason Pinnock who holds the second-fastest at 7.83. Pinnock and Knight last met up on the football field in the Class L championship, won by New Canaan 35-20.

Other medalists included senior Henry Spangler who took second in the pole vault, clearing 12 feet and the 4 x 800 team of Michael St. George, Jake Grigsby, Max Koschnitzke and Alex Urbahn who took third with a time of  8:25.32.

Meanwhile the New Canaan girls team finished in seventh place overall, and had several outstanding individual showings.

Senior shot putter Paige Skyrm was New Canaan’s top performer, finishing in second place with a throw of 34′ 5.75″.

The girls 4 x 800 team of Bridget Salmini, Cali Brannan, Elaina Tiller and Katie Miller took fourth overall with a time of 10:02.85.

Junior Julia Ozimek ran a 3:04.49 in the 1000, good for third place while senior Lauren Carlson finished fifth in the 600, running at a 1:41.32 clip.

Senior Drew Davis finished the 1600 with a sixth place finish in 5:30.48.

Also finishing in sixth was the Sprint Medley relay team of Salmini, Miller, Carlson and Ozimek with a time of 4:29.02.

Salmini, Miller, Carlson, Ozimek capped off the night with yet another sixth place finish in the 4 x 400 with a time of 4:19.68.

The Danbury girls took first place overall to complete the Hatters’ sweep. It was the second consecutive FCIAC crown for the girls’ team.

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