Darien may have gotten the big headline at the State Open with impressive performances in nearly every event. But that didn't stop RHAM-Hebron's Chrissy Bendzinski from trying to steal the show. On a day dominated by senior performers, the junior provided one of the biggest moments of the meet when she came from behind in the 1,000 meters to upset senior favorites Brianna Lenehan of Norwich Free Academy and Kellie Davis of Hillhouse-New Haven. Bendzinski ran 2:56.68 to take first by nearly two seconds.
Anchored with victories by Natori Jones in the high jump and the long jump, Bloomfield won its fourth straight Class S Championship. Bloomfield battled with Weston and eventually won by 11 points after Natori Jones' wins, and victories in the 55 and 300 meters by Adrian Jones.
Tolland earned just its second runner-up plaque in school history and got strong performances out of Katy Sprout and future standouts Kelsey and Caitlin Swanson.
Glastonbury was unable to win its third straight Class LL championship. But it wasn't a bad season for the Tomahawks. Glastonbury won the CCC championship and finished third at the Class LL meet.
Precious Holmes, the Hillhouse-New Haven senior, swept the 300 and 600 meters at the Open, won the 300 meters at the New England Championships and then went on to win the 400 meters with a time of 4:08.15 at the New Balance National Championships.