Coginchaug Boys Track Finishes 2nd in First Competitive Meet of Season


On Jan.3 Coginchaug’s boys track team finished with 70 points, only behind Old Saybrook (88), in the first Shoreline Conference Meet. This is a strong start for the back-to-back defending outdoor track Shoreline Champs– one that senior leader Hayden Rovelli is proud of.

“To place second in your first meet, it feels good…,” Rovelli said. “We got a lot of support from our senior class, which is to be expected, but some underclassmen stepped up, and that’s what really pushed us to second.”

Coginchaug only finished three points ahead of East Hampton (67).

Hayden Rovelli went on to say, “We’re starting in a good place, and we believe the best is yet to come. Our team has potential, and that’s getting us all excited for the rest of the season.”

Coginchaug’s next meet is Saturday, Jan.12. Quickly followed by the Old Saybrook Qualifier Monday, January 14th.

Team captain Tim Arcari said, “We want to see personal improvement because personal improvement means team improvement. We’re all focused on getting better, and that’ll lead to the success of the team.”

On the 3rd, three Coginchaug athletes stood out. Senior Ryan Genest helped Coginchaug win points in three events, finishing 7th in the 55 Meter and 2nd in the 300 Meter and was a solid base for the 4×200 team who also finished 2nd.

Rovelli said, “It’s great having an athlete like Ryan on the team. He’s tall and fast; he fits the build for the track star… Combine that with his throwing ability, and he really helps the team gain points.”  

Another Coginchaug standout was Arcari who placed 1st in High Jump, second in Long Jump and 4th in the 55 Meter 39’’ Hurdles. Arcari, a multisport athlete, has a lot of abilities that make him an integral and versatile part of this team’s success. Combine this with his leadership abilities, and he makes for another cornerstone of Coginchaug’s indoor Shoreline Championship hopes.

Lastly is Pole Vaulter Hayden Rovelli. Although he only competes in one event, he’s damn good at it. Every meet, Coginchaug can basically pencil in 10 points for the consistent first place finisher. To go along with this, he brings experience and leadership to the indoor team. While this is only the outdoor captain’s first indoor season, there’s no reason to believe he cannot compete at the same high level he competes at in outdoor, having concluded his spring 2018 season at New Englands.

All upcoming indoor events are held at the Floyd Little Athletic Center.


Notable Results (Top 10 Finishes) by Event

Athlete Event Place Result
Ryan Genest 55 Meter Dash 7th 6.97sec.
Colin Sheehy 55 Meter Dash 9th 7.09sec.
Ryan Genest 300 Meter 2nd 38.76sec.
Anthony Gavrilovic 300 Meter 5th 39.86sec.
Max Temple 600 Meter 4th 1 min 32.07sec.
Connor Rulnick 600 Meter 9th 1 min 37.05sec.
Nick Vestergaard 600 Meter 10th 1 min 38.36sec.
Brendan Dena 1600 Meter 10th 5 min 24.57sec.
Tim Arcari 55 Meter Hurdles 39’’ 4th 9.05sec.
Gage Rovelli

Aaron Kelly

Jorn Layman

Brady Koba

4×400 5th 4 min 34.99sec.
Aiden Garcia

Ty Seymour

Nick Vestergaard

Max Temple

4×800 5th 10 min 4.78sec.
Eric Meliso

Jason Adams

Elliot Hastings

Bryce Lipka

SMR 2-2-4-8 8th 4 min 32.05sec.
Joe Venables 12lb Shot Put 3rd 33’09.00 feet
David Skelps 12lb Shot Put 5th 33’04.00 feet
Jagur Layman 12lb Shot Put 9th 33’01.00 feet
Tim Arcari High Jump 1st 5’08.00 feet
Hayden Rovelli Pole Vault 1st 12’00.00 feet
Connor Zolnik Pole Vault 4th 10’00.00 feet
Tim Arcari Long Jump 2nd 19’08.25 feet
Connor Rulnick Long Jump 10th 17’08.50 feet

Points are accumulated through all events and then added together. Points are given to the top 8 finishers in each event.