NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — Stonington High’s Cam Whalen tied for second in the 110 hurdles and set a school record with his fourth-place finish in the 300 hurdles Monday at the CIAC Open track championships at Willow Brook Park.
Whalen, a senior, finished the 110 hurdles in 14.60 in a dead heat with Coventry’s Nick Pronovost. They trailed only Hillhouse’s Deshaune Poole (14.57).
In the 300 hurdles, Whalen’s time was 39.61, which broke Kevin Kelliher’s hand-timed school record of 39.5 set in 1976 (.24 seconds are added to hand-timed marks to adjust for autotiming). Naugatuck’s Aren Seeger won the event in 38.00.
Whalen wasn’t the only Stonington athlete to break a school record at the Open. Ryhs Hammond, a sophomore, lowered his school-record time in the 800, running a 1:53.96 to finish sixth. The winning time was 1:52.05, turned in by Derby’s Ken Little.
Joey Hinckley, a junior, also scored for the Bears by finishing third in the pole vault (13-6). Nathaniel Llanos of Danbury won the event (14.00).
Stonington finished seventh in the team standings with 21 points. Danbury won the title with 51.
By virtue of finishing in the top six in each of their respective events, Whalen, Hammond and Hinckley qualified for the New England meet, which is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H.
— Ken Sorensen