Many of the FCIAC’s top athletes will be in action when the girls and boys FCIAC indoor track and field championships get running at the Floyd Little Athletic Center at Hillhouse High School in New Haven on Thursday.
The meet is scheduled to begin at 4:30 and you can catch all the action live in streaming high definition on the HAN.Network and all its affiliate websites — or in the video player below:
Girls Track & Field
The girls competition will feature the Stanford-bound Hannah DeBalsi of Staples. DeBalsi is a three-time FCIAC and state champion, who recently became an All-American for the third consecutive season. She won 1,000-, 1,600-, and 3,200-meter runs at the FCIAC West Division Championships last weekend.
Staples is the defending FCIAC girls champion, but several other contenders will look to grab the title this season, including Ridgefield, which scored 129 points to beat Danbury by 10 at the Western Division meet last weekend. The Hatters are also deep, while Greenwich and Staples are in the mix.
The East Division title was won by Wilton with 85.5 points, just 5.5 ahead of second-place New Canaan.
Another distance runner, Mary Lynch of Wilton, is also a contender after finishing the FCIAC cross country finals as the runner-up. DeBalsi’s Staples’ teammate Susannah Martin is also in the hunt.
Ridgefield features a solid group of runners, led by Kasey McGerald and Ava Kelley.
St. Joseph’s Jada Harris is a standout in several events, after winning the 55 hurdles in a meet-record time of 8.52 last winter. She will also star in the 55 dash, and the high jump, where she is the top seed.
New Canaan’s Claire Conley has the longest throw in the FCIAC by nearly two feet in the shot put, with Wilton’s Brady Faria second.
Boys Track and Field
In the boys competition, the Danbury Hatters won their second straight FCIAC title last year, and will look for a three-peat this week. They easily won the West Division title on Saturday, scoring 176 points. Staples was a distant second with 100.5 points.
Darien could give the Hatters a challenge as well, after winning the East title with 122 points.
Danbury features strong athletes across the board, including Devonte Clarke in the sprints, Trevor Reed and Jack Adamski in the distance races, Chase Nalley in the hurdles, Nathanial Llanos in the pole vault, and Josh Hinh and Kyle Tuttle in the shot put.
Brien McMahon’s Eric van der Els, who is in the midst of a terrific senior season, headlines the distance races. Van der Els was the FCIAC cross country champion in the fall, and hit a trifecta at the East meet last Saturday, winning the 1,000-, 1,600-, and 3,200-meter runs.
As was the case throughout the cross country season, van der Els will be challenged by Ridgefield’s Gabe Altopp.
Warde’s William Brisman and Staples’ Zakeer Ahmad will also be in the hunt for track medals.
Order of events
Track Events, starting at 4:30 p.m.
The order for all events is boys then girls, unless otherwise noted
55-meter Hurdles Trials
55-meter Dash Trials
55-meter Hurdles Finals – girls then boys
55-meter Dash Finals – girls then boys
1600 Sprint Medley Relay
Note: Four runners, first two run one lap, third runs two laps, anchor runs four laps
Field Events, starting at 4:30 p.m.
High Jump – girls then boys
Long Jump – boys then girls
Shot Put – girls then boys
Pole Vault – girls then boys
How to watch
The HAN Network live broadcast of the game can be seen on our homepage, HAN.Network, and on affiliate websites including FCIAC.net. The stream usually begin 10 minutes before the event is scheduled to begin. Rob Adams and crew join you five minutes before the contest begins. Keep in mind that start times are subject to change. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed for the latest updates.
Upcoming games and more
The HAN Network’s winter season schedule includes many FCIAC teams in boys and girls ice hockey, boys and girls basketball and wrestling. Some facility restraints have prevented us from covering swimming and gymnastics so far this season. We’ll also be covering much of the FCIAC postseason playoffs and most championships.
Check out the complete broadcast schedule here.
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