Story Lines Of The Season

Carrying just four competitors, New Britain had little margin for error at the State Open. But the Golden Hurricanes, who finished fourth at the Class LL meet, turned in what coach John Richards called a perfect day. New Britain competed in just five events but had six first- or second-place finishes en route to its first Open title since 1979, when it won both the indoor and outdoor titles. Despite being academically ineligible the first half of the season and not qualifying for the Open until the season's final weeks, senior Robert White won the 300 and 600 meters and ran the second leg of the Hurricanes' first-place 4x400 relay team. White also placed fourth in the 400 at the Nike Indoor Nationals.

Although just 5-feet-7, Manchester senior Keron Soute reached new heights. Stoute, originally from the British Virgin Islands, won the long jump (22 feet, 4 3/4 inches) for the second consecutive year and won the 55-meter hurdles (7.81) and the high jump (6-6) at the State Open. He also won the high jump at New Englands with a leap of 6-9, and his 6-10 jump at the New Haven Invitational finished tied for ninth in the nation for the season.

The Northwest Catholic 4x200 relay team of Alden Jasper, Trenton Jackson, Ryan Siegel and Eric Kennedy were pleased with their Class S title in 2009, but a disqualification at New Englands weeks later kept them hungry heading into 2010. It showed, as the foursome won Class S and Open titles, placed third at New Englands and finished ninth at the Nike Indoor Nationals.

It's got to be the genes. Windsor senior Jordan Wilson continued his family's tradition in the long jump, winning State Open and Class L titles in the event. Wilson's brother, father and mother are former long jump champions, and his sister, Janae, may be next in line (the sophomore was third at the Open).

— Justin Verrier

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