NEW HAVEN — Pushed by Aidan Puffer of Manchester most of the race, Gavin Sherry of Conard pulled away the last two laps to win the 3200 in a State Open meet record 8:54.47. He broke the State Open record of 9:07.63 set by Christian Alvarado of Fairfield Prep in 2014. Peffer also finished under 9 minutes in second place in 8:59.25.
Both runners are sophomores.
“I am really happy with this, I didn’t expect to have this good a time,” Sherry said. “But Aidan is a really good runner and he always pushes me. He pushed me today, that’s for sure. You always worry about feeling tired during a race. But I try to take that mental part of it out of the equation.
“Today, I felt great the entire race and felt strong at the end. I am so psyched.”
Sophomore Callum Sherry placed fourth in the 3200 in 9:27.06 and senior Vebjoern Roeed was sixth in 9:28.36.
Conard’s 4x200 team of junior Brenden Hill, and seniors Christopher Maglio, John Gabinelle and Nathan Rinaldi placed fifth in 1:33.31.
Hall’s 4x800 relay team of sophohmore Walker Beverly, junior Yonah Goldberg, and seniors Zachary LaPolla and Jackson Grady placed fourth in 8:10.56.
The Sherry twins, Roeed and senior Sophonias Dires placed sixth in the 4x800 relay.
In the boys sprint medley, Hall’s team of juniors Isaiah Lizardi and Max Rodman, sophomore Tobias Ruffo and Grady were fourth in 3:43.26.
In the shot put junior Marcus Ramsey of Hall was fourth with a throw of 51 feet. Michael Campbell of Bloomfield won (58-6.5), Davon Colon of Xavier was second (54-8), and Hillhouse’s Gary Moore Jr. (51-2.75) was third.
Bloomfield won its second State Open team title with 56 points and Bristol Central and Wilbur Cross tied for second with 20 points each. The Warhawks also won a State Open team title in 2013. Conard was fourth with 18 points and Hall 13th with 12.