MANCHESTER, Conn. — Stonington High’s Shane Smith completed an outstanding senior season by winning the state decathlon on Wednesday at Manchester High.
Smith compiled 5,791 points in the 10 events to edge Ellington’s Joshua Prouty, who finished with 5,714.
“Honestly, this is what I have spent the last two years training for,” Smith said. “I wanted to make Park (coach Jeff Parkinson) and Bowne (coach Ben Bowne) proud, and I wanted to push for that school record. This was everything I wanted.”
Smith’s total exceeded the previous school record set by Parkinson in 1999.
“I don’t think I’ve ever coached a kid I’m more proud and happy of,” Parkinson said. “He is such a hard worker, and nobody deserves it more than Shane.”
Smith was fourth after Tuesday, the first day of the competition, with 2,886 points. The first-day events were the 100, 400, high jump, long jump and shot put.
“Our goal was to not lose the lead by more than 300 points, because there is only so much you can make up,” Smith said. “I think we did a good job of that.”
Smith moved into the lead on Wednesday after the third event, the pole vault. He finished tied for second, clearing 12-11.5.
Smith won the pole vault at both the ECC indoor and outdoor championships this year.
After the pole vault, Smith placed seventh in the javelin (129-8), and closed the day with a ninth in the 1,500 (5:01.96).
Prouty was just four spots ahead of him in the 1,500, taking sixth in 4:54.32.
“We knew today was going to be our stronger day,” Parkinson said. “I think he PR’d in about five events and was close to PRs in the other events.
“He is the type of kid every successful team needs. He drives and pushes himself and always finds a way to be positive to his teammates. I can’t overstate his value to our team the last four years.”
Parkinson said Smith’s experience in the event — he finished fifth last season — was invaluable.
“He kind of kept his cool. I knew his experience would show through,” Parkinson said. “You can be emotionally up and down.”
Smith opened the second day with a third-place showing in the 110 hurdles (16.14) and a fourth in the discus (121-1).
Smith said advice from Parkinson was key to his victory.
“I think the biggest thing was coach told me, ‘No matter what happens in one event, you just have to keep going,’” Smith said.
In addition to winning the pole vault at the ECC outdoor meet, he contributed a second in the 300 hurdles.
Smith was third at the Class M meet in the 300 hurdles and fifth in the pole vault.
In addition to winning the pole vault at the ECC indoor meet, he was sixth in the 55 hurdles and ran a leg on the winning 4x400 relay team. The Bears won the D-II indoor championship with a league-record 175 points.
During the fall, Smith was a first-team ECC Division II selection as a defender on the boys soccer team. The Bears finished 19-1-1 and won the ECC tournament championship.