NEW HAVEN — Stonington High's Rhys Hammond became the schools first State Open boys indoor track champion after winning the 1,000 meters on Saturday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center.
Hammond, who was the top seed coming into the race, finished with a time of 2:28.66, 1.36 seconds better than his seed time of 2:30.02. The time would rank Hammond in the top five in the country, according to the high school track and field website dystat.com. The winning time in last year's New England championship was 2:30.12.
Hammond's time qualified him for the nationals in New York City.
Hammond, a senior who is headed to Cornell to run, finished almost a full second ahead of Haddam-Killingworth's Matthew Jennnings (2:29.56).
Chase Flynn finished fifth in the 600 with a personal-best 1:24.18. Hammond and Flynn both qualified for the New England championships in Boston on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
They combined for 12 team points for Stonington, which tied for 13th.
Bloomfield finished first with 56. Bristol Central and Wilbur Cross tied for second with 20.
— Keith Kimberlin