BOSTON — Stonington High’s Cam Whalen finished second in the 55-meter hurdles at the New England indoor track and field championships Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center.
Whalen, a senior, set a school record with his time of 7.66 seconds. Billy Powers of Winnacunnet, N.H., was first in 7.40.
“We spent a lot of time this week working on his speed out of the blocks to the first hurdle, so that was the focus,” Bears coach Ben Bowne said. “He had a great race. I’m really proud of him.”
Bowne said Whalen finished ahead of two Connecticut runners who beat him at the State Open on Feb. 17. One false-started out of the race; the other, Sacred Heart’s Ed Williams, placed fifth.
“He was really happy [with the runner-up finish],” Bowne said. “He improved his personal record. I think he was very surprised he came in second.”
By finishing among the top six, Whalen earned All-New England honors in the event.
He was coming off a 7.73 at the State Open, which was good for fourth place.
— Ken Sorensen