SWC TRACK: Stratford’s Anekwe, Bunnell 4×100 team set league marks

WESTON—A pair of SWC records were captured by town athletes on Wednesday, highlighting league championship track action at Weston High School.

The fleet-footed Bunnell boys 4×100 team of Marquise Lawrence, Tyreek Smith, Alex Mosley and Christ N’Dabian clocked a 42.75 second time to win the event and snap the record the Bulldogs established a year ago.

Meanwhile, in the girls long jump, Stratford’s Chi Chi Anekwe soared 17 feet, 11-inches to snap a 19-year-old mark of 17-4, set by Joel Barlow’s Christie Czernik.

The Bunnell boys placed sixth overall with 41.5 points while Stratford was 13th with 10 points.

The Bulldogs girls matched the boys effort of sixth and 41.5 points while the Stratford girls had 12 points on the day.

Six different Bunnell boys combined to earn 12 medals on the day.

The highlight of the day was the SWC relay mark, which was four hundredths of a second better than last year’s record setting team of N’Dabian and 2018 graduates Ramsley Exantus, Elijah Henry, and Jonathan Cineus.

Both Exantus and Cineus were on hand today to witness the new record setting performance.

For N’Dabian and Lawrence they continued on with their success in the 100-meter dash.

N’Dabian and Masuk’s Conor Mahony traded steps right to the finish line with Mahony edging out N’Dabian for the top spot at 10.98 seconds.  N’Dabian was second at 11.03. 

Both these times broke the previous record set last year by Henry at 11.04.

Lawrence went on to finish sixth at 11.35, giving him and N’Dabian their second medals on the afternoon.  Mosley was eighth at 11.46.

Records continued to be set in the 200-meter dash, too.

Once again it was Mahony, N’Dabian, and add in Weston’s Baruch Goodman with the meet’s photo finish of the day. 

All three broke the previous record of 22.29 held by Henry set last year. 

Race officials were forced to go to a photo of the finish, where it was determined that Mahony crossed first at 22.15, N’Dabian second at 22.23, and Goodman at 22.26. 

Over in the long jump event, Stephen Blake earned a medal with a jump of 20-11 ½ feet taking a sixth-place spot. Blake was followed by Smith who had a 20-4 ¾ leap.

Bunnell’s final medals on the day came in the 4×400 meter where Mosley, Lawrence, Jonathan Gulish, and N’Dabian raced out to a fourth-place finish with a time of 3:34.07 seconds.

For Stratford, Khalil Carr was fourth in the 400-meter dash (50.64) and Jervon Speed was fifth in the triple jump (41-0).

The 4×100 relay team (Kaleb Lafontant, Elijah Brown, Speed and Carr) was eighth in 45.59.

On the girls side, the Bulldogs matched the boys point total.

In the shot put, the Bulldogs took second and third with Yovanna Cruz (2nd, 33-1 ¾) and Yve Germain (3rd, 31-10 ¾) piling up 14 points combined.

Kayla Phommachanh finished in a tie for second in the high jump (4-10) while Toni Greene tied for sixth (4-8).

Bunnell girls 4×100 (Dardielle Exantus, Abby Williams, Toni Greene, Kayla Phommachanh) was fourth in 50.71 seconds.

Phommachnh (12.85) and Exantus (12.89) were also sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 100-meter dash.

Exantus was also sixth in the 200 (26.70).

Jasmine St. Clair was sixth in the discus (90-9 ¼)

For Stratford, Anekew also anchored the Red Devils 4×100 relay team to a seventh-place finish in 52.31. She was joined by Gleniece Thompson, Ava Buckmir and Sheon White in the event.

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