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Greenwich boys track and field team places fourth at State Open; several athletes qualified for nationals

Contributed photo: After placing second in the team standings at the CIAC Class LL Championships, the Greenwich High School indoor boys track and field team finished fourth at the State Open Championships, an even bigger meet.

Greenwich High School’s indoor boys track and field team continued its sensational season Saturday at the CIAC State Open Championships.

Following a second-place finish in the team standings at last week’s CIAC Class LL Championships, the Cardinals placed fourth at yesterday’s CIAC State Open Championships – a bigger meet that included teams from the state in all classes. Greenwich placed fourth out of 46 teams at the championship meet, which was held at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven. The Cardinals finished with 24 team points, for its fourth-place finish, one point ahead of Staples. Hall won the State Open team title (52), followed by Hillhouse (48) and Conard (40).

Greenwich junior Gianluca Bianchi posted a third-place finish in the 300-meter dash with a time of 35.98 seconds. Bianchi’s time was faster than the 36.22 mark he registered at the Class LL Championships.

Jonathan York, a Hall sophomore, won the 300-meter dash title, clocking in at 35.67. Bianchi’s outstanding performance earned him a spot in the 2022 Nike Indoor Nationals, which is scheduled to take place at New York’s Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex.

Greenwich’s 1600-meter sprint medley of senior Thomas Foster, senior John Sias, sophomore Harrison Goldenberg and senior ZJ Jelinek also qualified for the Nike Indoor Nationals. The Cardinals’ standout 1600-meter spring medley relay athletes recorded a seventh-place finish at the State Open with a time of 3:45.50.

The Cards’ 4×200 relay comprised of Foster, Bianchi, Sias and Goldenberg combined for a fourth-place finish, posting a time of 1:34.39. In the 4×400-meter relay, Greenwich took the silver medal at the State Open, with senior Zach Carifa, Bianchi, Jelinek and Goldenberg producing a time of 3:32.80. Hall won the race, clocking in at 3:31.18.

Representing Greenwich in the high jump, Carifa finished a strong third (6-00.00).

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