Gavin Connell sets PR with 3,200 win at Pirate Relays

Press photo by John Burbridge Charles City senior Gavin Connell, shown here competing during an indoor meet earlier this season, set a personal-best in the 3,200-meter run while winning the event at the Hudson Pirate Relays on Thursday.
Press photo by John Burbridge
Charles City senior Gavin Connell, shown here competing during an indoor meet earlier this season, set a personal-best in the 3,200-meter run while winning the event at the Hudson Pirate Relays on Thursday.

Press Staff Report

HUDSON — Many local track athletes are waiting for a break in the weather.

Charles City senior Gavin Connell may not be one of them.

In what has become a staple to the extended winter season, the sight of Connell running outdoors inspite of frigid conditions is a common one.

Though he’s earned a rare distinction of being a four-time state qualifier in cross country, Connell is still vying to qualify to state in track with one more chance remaining.

During Charles City’s first outdoor meet of the season — Thursday’s Pirate Relays hosted by Hudson High School — Connell set a personal-best in the 3,200-meter run when he recorded a first-place time of 10 minutes, 6.21 seconds, more than 3-and-a-half seconds faster than runnner-up Zach Nie from Don Bosco.

Connell also placed fifth in the 800 run with a time of 2:08.16.

Connell scored 14 of the 24 team points compiled by the Comets, who placed 14th amid a 20-team field.

Hudson placed first with 85.5 points ahead of Jesup (72) and Dike-New Hartford (69.5) to round out the top three.

Other point scorers for Charles City included cross country state qualifier junior Mason Deeter, who placed sixth in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:01.48; and John Sibuma, who placed sixth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.61.

Charles City’s boys team is due to host the Comet Relays on Tuesday … weather permitting.

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