The girl's track team wrapped up a great week of competition Saturday at the Irv Black Invitational.
The week started in Philadelphia at the Penn Relays where the 4x400m relay team placed a very respectable 319 out of 615 teams from around the world.
The Girls had a great opportunity to run against teams from Jamaica, Trinidad, Bahamas, South Africa and the United States including the high school National Champions hailing from California. The event was held at the famous Franklin Field with over 20,000 people in attendance.
"We were able to bring six girls, Alex Carbonell, Catherine Voelpel, Kaylene Sylvain, Kristen Madeia, Madison Tavarozzi and Emily Dittmar," Berlin coach Steve Soucy said. "It would have been a great experience for the girls to just watch the meet but for them to compete and compete well was extremely exciting."
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The team carried the momentum into the weekend invitational back in Connecticut. Senior Kate Piotrowicz continued her fantastic year by breaking her own hammer record with a throw of 114-02 that was good enough to secure second place overall. She then followed it up on day two with an eighth place finish in the discus competition.
Nicole Johnson had her best throw of the year in the discus going 85-9. Freshman Kristen Madeia impressed in the 1,600m running her career best time of 5:44.48.
Catherine Voelpel placed fourth overall in the very competitive 400m with a time of 58.05. It was a time she didn't hit last year until the State Open in June. Senior Alex Carbonell ran a great 800m race finishing in 2:23.11. That time was good enough for fourth overall at the meet and her best time since the State Open as well.
"I think all the girls are in a great place right now and with a final push in the coming weeks we could see these already impressive times continue to drop," Soucy said. "They all work incredibly hard during practice and each has their own goals and expectations they are working toward."
Maloney 3, Berlin 1
Micheala Harris (6-2) scattered nine hits and had three strikeouts but Maloney scored early and beat the host Redcoats 3-1.
Maloney improved to 12-0 overall and 6-0 in the CCC South while Berlin fell to 6-2 and 4-2.
Maloney 6, Berlin 0
Berlin couldn't solve Maloney junior pitcher Dallas DeFrancesco and were shut out by the Spartans, 6-0.
Maloney improved to 8-3 overall and 5-1 in the South
Tim Norton was the starter and loser on the mound for Berlin, now 4-7 overall and 3-3 in the CCC South.
Middletown 6, Berlin 1
Berlin had its best day of the season as five of the six loses could have gone Berlin’s way. Middletown had an edge with experience with six of their 10 players being seniors.
Dan Rombola continued his excellent play dominating his senior opponent. Berlin next plays at Bristol Central on Wednesday before returning home on Friday to play an excellent RHAM team.
Berlin loses first two
Glastonbury 165, Hall 167, Berlin 172, Conard 173
Evan Grenus shot 38 for Glastonbury, who won three matches. Berlin lost for the first time this year.
Jeremy DeSimone and Austin Forauer shot 42, Pat Bostrom 43 and Connor Bowen shot 45
"It was not a good day for the home team," Berlin coach John Line said.
Berlin 6, Middletown 1
In a CCC South girl's tennis match played at Wesleyan University, the Berlin Redcoats girl's tennis team defeated the Middletown Blue Dragons 6-1.
Berlin swept all three doubles matches, led by Meg Pitkin and Kelly Josephson's 6-1, 6-0 victory over Maya Eriksen and Melina Rothert. Stephanie and Caroline Zembko also won in straight sets over Bethany Hong and Corinne O'Toole 6-0, 6-2, as did Emma Johnson and Autumn Edelson over Marissa and Amanda Bowen 6-1, 6-3.
In singles matches, the Redcoats' Eva Rybka won over Megan Shepard 6-1, 6-2; Kelly Byrnes defeated Ritu Mehe 6-2, 6-4; and Monica Sirera won a tough three-set decision over Dhrui Patel 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Berlin's Shawna Rosol dropped a 4-6, 4-6 decision to Alex Kurik.
Berlin improves to 3-4 on the season, while Middletown goes to 3-3.
The Redcoats return back to the courts on Thursday May 3 against Bristol Central at Berlin High.
Southington 14, Berlin 7
Cassidy Goodwin, Morgan Imossi and Bridget White scored two goals each and Jenn Straub one but Berlin fell to Southington.
Berlin Goalie Nicole Damboise made 15 saves.