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Four FCIAC athletes crowned New England track & field champs

Staples' Anthony Bravo set an FCIAC record with a leap of 23 feet, 10 inches in the long jump. (Dave Stewart/Hersam Acorn Newspapers Photo)

Staples’ Anthony Bravo set an FCIAC record with a leap of 23 feet, 10 inches in the long jump. (Dave Stewart/Hersam Acorn Newspapers Photo)

ROXBURY, Mass. – Staples senior Anthony Bravo had first-place and runner-up finishes in jumping events while Darien senior Alex Ostberg, Staples junior Hannah DeBalsi and Greenwich senior Sarah Cicchetti each won their respective events to highlight many of the strong performances from FCIAC athletes at the 28th New England High School Indoor Track and Field Championships that took place Friday at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.

Bravo soared to victory in the high jump with his personal-best jump of 6 feet, 9 inches and he placed second in the long jump (22-1.5).

Ostberg and DeBalsi continue to solidify their status as two of the best all-time high school distance runners from Connecticut as they each won their respective races in impressive fashion.

Ostberg led an incredible sweep of three elite FCIAC distance runners in the top three places in the boys’ 2-mile race. Ostberg won with a personal-best time of 9:00.58. Brien McMahon junior Eric Van der Els, who won the State Open 3,200 with a 9:17.39 the previous week, had a personal-best 9:08.67 while placing second to Ostberg in the New England 2-mile. Ostberg’s junior teammate, Armstrong Noonan, also achieved his personal-best 9:09.15 while placing third.

DeBalsi, a two-time defending New England champion in the girls’ 2-mile race, pulled off the three-peat when she won with a season-best time of 10:26.09.

Cicchetti has been surpassing her previous best throws in the shot put throughout the postseason. She became the New England shot put champion with a throw of 41-0.75 a week after she won the State Open with a 40-2.5.

Norwalk senior Evan Adams was runner-up in the boys’ shot put (55-11).

Wilton senior Spencer Brown (2:27.51) and Ridgefield senior Kristian Sogaard (2:29.87) placed second and third, respectively, in the boys’ 1,000-meter run.

Any athlete who placed among the top six in their respective events earned All-New England status.

Also from the FCIAC: Wilton senior Hunter Shipp placed fourth in the shot put (53-10.25), Trumbull sophomore Tyler Gleen (1:22.36) and Ridgefield senior Johnathan Keating (1:22.48) were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the boys’ 600, Darien senior Annal Sulger placed fifth in the girls’ 300 (40.82), Danbury freshman Leah Sarkisian was fifth in the girls’ 600 (1:36.20) and Staples senior Elizabeth Knoll took fifth in the girls’ high jump (5 feet, 5 inches).

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