CLASS L BOYS’ TRACK: North Haven’s Matt Marcarelli wins shot put, Hand’s Sangster places second in pole vault

MIDDLETOWN — For a self-proclaimed “off day,” North Haven’s Matt Marcarelli’s final mark in the shot put was right on target.

Seeded second heading into Tuesday’s Class L track and field championship meet at Rosek-Skubel Stadium at Middletown High, the senior hurled the shot 50 feet, 11 inches to win the event. He edged out frontrunner Evan Adams of Norwalk.

“The circle was kind of slippery,” Marcarelli said. “I threw decent.”

Decent was all he needed on a cloudy and rainy afternoon. Marcarelli’s first-place performance paced North Haven’s ninth-place team finish (31 points). Windsor ran away with the title, finishing with 124 points. Hand was eighth (33).

Marcarelli said winning both the Class L indoor and outdoor shot put titles doesn’t mean too much. He’s all about the team and bettering his own marks.

“I just like to do my best,” he said. “I mean, the medals don’t mean that much to me. I just like to beat my personal distances.”

That mantra was the same for Hand. Richard Sangster led a strong showing in the pole vault, soaring 13 feet to finish in a tie for second place. Teammates Ian Bergere and Kyle Boling both cleared 12-6 to tie for fourth.

“We usually help each other out,” Sangster said of his teammates. “Ian, he’s been pushing me this whole time and it really helps.”

Sangster’s vault of 13 feet matched his personal best. He said he’s hoping by the State Open on Monday he can clear the elusive 13-6 mark.

“I just think more practice, get my swing up,” he said.

 Matt Marcarelli

Matt Marcarelli


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