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Scahill takes it the distance

By Ned Griffen

Publication: The Day

Published April 28. 2013 4:00AM

Ledyard - The 3,200-meter run isn't Lauren Scahill's thing. The Ledyard High School junior enjoys shorter distances, where she has excelled.

Scahill has reconsidered her stance after her performance in the annual Ledyard Relays. She ran the event during Friday's first day and won in 11 minutes, 14.6 seconds.

"When I tried it, I didn't really like it," Scahill said. "I tried it in indoor season and it was just hard. (Sprinting) goes by quicker.

"(Friday's run) was actually good. I tried to relax during it. It wasn't that hard."

Scahill dominated the race, just missing the school record set by Lavinia Muncy in 1976 (11:12.1). There have only been two faster times reported to ciacsports.com this season.

"Someone yelled my time on the last turn, so I just started sprinting," Scahill said.

Scahill practiced the 3,200 over the Easter weekend while trying to get in a workout. Colonels coach Dave Tetlow was aware of that, so he figured he'd have her run the event at the Relays, a low-key meet.

"She had been running very well in the distance races, so we knew she could do that very well," Tetlow said. "We figured what the heck? Now is the time to let her have a chance.

"Her sprinting, when she goes into the sprint. … she's gone. If anyone lets her hang on their shoulder, (they're) in trouble. When she kicks, she really kicks."

Both Tetlow and Scahill said that she'll continue to take part in the 3,200.

"I think I might try it next week because I'm two seconds from the school record, so I want to try and get that," Scahill said.

Scahill also teamed with Chenoa Sebastian, Alix Lee and Carly Loy to win the 1,600 sprint medley relay.

Kylie Fustini was one of the meet's biggest winners. The Ledyard senior won the high jump (4-foot-10) and smashed the meet record in the discus (131-4).

Janelle Plowden of Norwich Free Academy set the record back in 1999 (123-7).

"I didn't realize that there was a record to break," Fustini said. "I thought it was just a relay record. … It was exciting. I hope it will stay there for a little bit.

"It was a good day, the weather was very nice, and I was feeling very good mentally and physically in warmups. I thought, 'this is going to be a good day. … I did switch up my spin a little bit, moving over to the side. I also used a different disc as well which has a higher rim weight, which is what I'm going to be doing from now on because it goes farther for me."

Fustini teamed with younger sister Ari and Madison Canestrari to win the high jump relay (13-8).

Kylie Fustini, Adedoyin Ladoja and Austin Graber won the discus relay (281-9), and Cathy Adams, Fustini and Ladoja won the shot put relay (96-1.5).

Sebastian won a second relay, teaming with Shannon Lozier, Laurel Holubecki and Julia Duval to win the 400 shuttle hurdles (1:13.7).

Stonington's Sophie Moore won the 300 hurdles (48.2) and ran with Molly Crowley, Antonia Reynolds, Stephanie Stearns to win the 4,000 distance medley (13:50.8).

Montville's Jesse Joseph won the boys' 3,200 (9:59.9) and ran on the winning 4x1600 relay.

Tyler Latham of Fitch won the javelin (168-3) and teamed with Marquis Guess and Johnny Diep to win the javelin relay (442-1). Diep joined Andrew Perez and Eric Powers to win the pole vault relay (36-0).

Luis Crisostomo, Devin Lehman, Latham and Perez won the 400 shuttle hurdle (1:04.4).

Ledyard's Kyle Wilson won the discus (132-10). Brandon Chestnut and Steven Leandri teamed with him to win the discus relay (331-6).

n.griffen@theday.com

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