First place finishes, personal-record performances, season-record efforts – yes, Greenwich High School’s boys track and field team was in top form on Senior Day – making it all the more special for the upperclassmen.
The Cardinals continued their standout season with a convincing 112-37 victory over visiting St. Joseph on a chilly, rainy day at Cardinal Stadium, yet the weather didn’t put a damper on day in which the seniors were in the spotlight.
Greenwich honored the many seniors on its roster, a number of whom competed in today’s meet, one of the final home meets of their respective high school careers.
“Being a runner is part of who I am and being a senior has been a great experience,” Greenwich senior captain ZJ Jelinek said. “It’s really nice to be in a position that I am and lead the younger guys. There are a few young guys that frequently ask me questions almost on the daily about running and it’s nice to in the position of someone who is a mentor and leader.”
Jelinek won the 400-meter run at today’s meet against St. Joseph, posting a personal-record time of 51.41. Sophomore Harrison Goldenberg of the Cardinals was second (52.60, personal-record time) and right behind him in third place was sophomore teammate Jason Lamberti (52.68, personal-record).
In the 4×400-meter relay, Jelinek ran the first leg of the race, which included Antonio Ciccarelli, Robert Enslein and Aidan Fay. The foursome combined for a winning time of 3:40.67.
Next season, Jelinek will be running for Bucknell University’s men’s track team.
“I’m very excited about Bucknell and I have contacted seniors who are going to be running at Bucknell in the future,” Jelinek said. “Senior Day has been very fun.”
Senior Robert Enslein crossed the finish line first for Greenwich in the 800-meter run, registering a personal-record time of 2:06.81. Senior Quinn Collins, one of the Cards’ captains, was second in a season-record time of 2:07.12, followed by sophomore Christian Zawislack (2:17.18, personal-record).
This season is especially significant for Collins, since he’s serving as one of the squad’s captains.
“Being a captain of the team has meant a lot to me,” Collins said. “Not only do I get to share my experience with the underclassmen, I get to lead them in the right direction and I really try to set the right goals for them and make sure that next year is just as good as this year.”
“My senior season has been pretty good, because I set a lot of records I wanted to break and I just have grown exponentially and overall, it has been a great season,” Collins continued. I am going to miss the team, the coaches, the runners – everyone has been great.”
Junior Jack Briode won two events for Greenwich, placing first in the 1600-meter run (4:46, PR) and 3200-meter race (10:37.67). Zawislack was the runner-up in the 1600 (4:47.17 PR) and Enslein took second in the 3200 (12:15.54).
In the field events, Kwame Boateng, a senior, enjoyed an impressive Senior Day. Boateng was the long jump winner (19-04.50 – a personal-record performance) and finished first in the triple jump (37-01.00, also a PR). Thomas Donovan of GHS was second in the triple jump (32-02.50).
Sophomore Sebastian Parra gave Greenwich a pair of victories, winning the shot put with a throw of 37.06.00 (personal-record) and the discus (105-00.) Daniel McGuire of the Cardinals took second in the shot put, while senior Zach Carifa, one of the captains, placed second in the discus (98-09, PR).
“Being a part of this team has meant a lot,” Carifa said. “Ever since I got here, it’s been like a big family and we’ve always been supporting each other. There’s never been a time where anyone is not supporting every race, they are always cheering on their teammates.”
Senior Shaan Perekh from Greenwich produced a winning effort in the 300 hurdles (43.75 personal-record). Cardinals sophomore Aidan Karson was the high jump winner (5-08.00), while senior Michael Phillips took top honors in the pole vault (9-00.00). Donovan, a freshman, crossed the finish line first in the 110 hurdles with a time of 20.32 and Greenwich’s 4×800 relay comprised of Charles Young, Silias Cook, Benjamin Webster and Alexander Enslein combined for a winning finish of 9:49.05.
In the 100-meter event, St. Joseph senior Robert DaCosta registered a first-place time of 11.47, while Phillips was second in 12.15 and junior James Wailgum took third (12.17) for GHS. DaCosta also won the 200 meter dash (23.53) for the Cadets, with Goldenberg finishing second (23.71) and Wailgum taking third (23.98). Greenwich’s 4×100 relay also had a strong second-place finish (47.07).
The Cardinals host Brien McMahon on May 10 and the FCIAC Championships is scheduled for May 24 at Danbury High School.