The State Open hasn't been kind to local teams in the last 10 years. Just once has an area team brought home a title and that was New Britain in 2010. It didn't get better this season. Staples-Westport scored 47 points to defeat Hillhouse-New Haven (34) and Greenwich (31) for its first Open title since 1991. Cheshire had the most points of any area team with 22 to finish sixth.
Although no area team finished inside the top five at the Open, several teams excelled during the class championships. And two of them walked away with their school's first championships. Windsor won the Class L title over Darien by four points, and Northwest Catholic-West Hartford beat Capital Prep-Hartford by six points in Class S.
Capital Prep is one of the smallest and youngest programs in the state but that wasn't the story come February. The Trailblazers, who started their program in 2005, had the finest season in school history and just missed bringing home the first title for a Hartford school since 1993.
Rocky Hill's Joe Crafa followed up a breakthrough sophomore season with an even better junior season. Crafa finished in sixth in the 5,000 meters at the New Balance Indoor National Championships, after a second place at New Englands in the 3,200 meters. Crafa finished second and third in the 1,600 and 3,200 at the State Open.
Aaeron Sykes of Sports Sciences-Hartford had a strong year and led a state 2-3-4-5 finish in the 600 meters at the New England Track Championships with a time of 1 minute, 21 seconds. Greenwich's Marcus Motill, Trumbull's Malcolm Connor and East Lyme's Ben Ostrowski followed Sykes.
Simsbury's Jefferson Wilkes, Kyle Heubner, Joel Kirk and Kevin Stanko broke the State Open record in the 4x800 meter relay with a time of 8:04.16. The group then ran a 8:00.68 for fourth place at the New England Championships.
Staple's Henry Wynne led a Connecticut sweep of the top three spots in the 1,000 meters at the New England Championships.
Harry Warnick of Fairfield Warde won the mile at the New England Championships with a time of 4:20.22.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times