RHAM junior Isabella Mondo was named a Rivereast Standout Athlete after qualifying for the state championship in both the 1600 and 3200 meters.
Here are the Rivereast Standouts of the Week for the week of May 9-15:
Isabella Mondo - RHAM High School (Track & Field): Mondo has qualified for both the 1600 and 3200 meters at the Class MM championships, coming up on June 1, and has placed either first or second in both events in each of the Raptors meets this spring. The junior, who is a three-season runner (cross-country, outdoor and indoor track), has also collected multiple All-Central Connecticut Conference (CCC) Academic Awards during her three years at the school and was selected all-state in cross-country during her freshman season.
Brylee Montanari - East Hampton High School (Track & Field): Montanari won both the 100 meter hurdles and the long jump at the Runnin’ Rams Invitational at Old Saybrook High School on May 13. The senior, who will run at the University of North Carolina Wilmington next year, easily won the 100m hurdles and then set a personal-best mark by jumping 16’01” to edge Taylor Bialowas of Griswold in the long jump. The Bellringers finished second overall as a team, behind only the host Rams of Old Saybrook.
Alex Blanchette - Bacon Academy High School (Baseball): Blanchette broke a three-inning hitless drought for the Bobcats by connecting on a two-out single, sending home Alex Pulse for the go-ahead and eventual game-winning run as Bacon Academy held off New London 4-3 at Dodd Stadium in Norwich on May 12. The junior’s clutch hit provided a celebratory Senior Night for the team and its five seniors (Pulse, Jack Novak, Andrew Navickas, Luke Pennella and Dan Shane).
Owen Delisle - Portland High School (Track & Field): Delisle placed 3rd in the 1600 meters, running a personal-best 4:35.53, at the Runnin’ Rams Invitational at Old Saybrook High School on May 13. The senior then teamed with Jake Thompson, Simon Kandeke, and Teddy Williams to win the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:36.42. The Highlanders tied for 4th place overall as a team at the event. Portland’s Derek Tewksbury also ran a personal-best 10:35.59 to finish 3rd in the 3200 meters and Kandeke placed 6th in the long jump with a personal-best 19’09”.
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