DANBURY, Conn. – After several weeks of practice, the Danbury Flyers competed in their first meet of the outdoor track and field season and came away with several first-place finishes Sunday, April 10 at Bloomfield High School.
Finishing first in the 100-meter dash were Kimberleigh Williams (girls 11-12) in 15.06 seconds, Danae Sherman (girls 13-14) in 14.60 seconds, Zahir McLean Felix (boys 11-12) in 16.08 seconds and Greta Gilbert (girls 15-16) in 14.45 seconds, which set a new meet record.
Finishing first in the 400-meter dash were Sofia Whelchel (girls 11-12) with a time of 1:13.3 and Danae Sherman (girls 13-14) with a time of 1:07.2. Julian Mendez took first place in the (boys 7-8) 80-meter hurdles, completing the event in 19.69 seconds.
Rounding out the Flyers first-place finishes in individual running events was Greta Gilbert in the (girls 15-16) 800 meters, completing the event in 2:44.7, which also set a new meet record. Two of the Flyers relay teams also clinched first place. The (girls 9-10) 4x100-meter reay team of Victoria Batista, Alexis Schaniel, Olivia Walters and Corinne Whelchel beat the record the Flyers set in 2015 with a time of 1:05.8. The (girls 11-12) 4x100-meter relay team of Briana Gilliard, Aaliyah Novas, Sofia Whelchel and Kimberleigh Williams came in first with a time of 57.85, beating the previous meet record, which stood for seven years.
In the field events, Sofia Whelchel finished first in the (girls 11-12) long jump, jumping 12' 4.2". Zoe Bowman (girls 11-12) and Greta Gilbert (girls 15-16) earned first-place finishes in the high jump, clearing heights of 3'8" and 4'6", respectively. Gianna Taft (girls 9-10) and Boluwatiwi Oyetibo (boys 7-8) finished in first in the javelin with throws of 29'10" and 23'10", respectively. Zahir McLean Felix bested the competition in the (boys 11-12) shot put with a throw of 25'4", and Jazlyn King beat out her competitors in the (girls 5-6) softball throw with a throw of 18'6".
This season, the Flyers implemented a new program, Danbury Flyers First Flight, which is for participants ages 5-8.