NEW HAVEN -- After the plaque had been presented and the pictures with index fingers pointed skyward were taken, the Danbury boys track team circled around coach Rob Murray.
Instead of offering inspirational words, Murray dropped to the floor and put on a brief break dancing exhibition, something he had promised his team he would do if they won the Class LL championship.
A year after finishing second, Danbury gave their coach something to dance about, taking first place with 64 points while holding off rival Ridgefield, which finished second with 61 points.
Staples (46), McMahon (34), Cheshire (26) and Greenwich (25) rounded out the top 5 at Floyd Little Athletic Center.
Anthony Bravo of Staples won the long jump with a leap of 21-01.50 with Stephen DeCarlo of Greenwich coming in second at 20-09.25 and Kevin Gorman of Newtown in third at 20-04.75
The Hatters last won the LL meet in 2011.
"The guys just worked so hard all winter," Murray said. "It's been a work in progress from day one with all of our guys trying to gain experience and we have been able to learn from our mistakes. Over the last two weeks we have gotten stronger as the meets have gotten bigger."
Ridgefield won the final event of the day, the 4x 400 relay, to secure second place, but Danbury placed second, giving them enough team points to take the LL plaque back to Danbury.
Shnyden Pierre of Brien McMahon entered the 55 meter dash content to run for second, knowing Austin Longi of Greenwich would be tough to beat.
Pierre did not beat Longi, but felt like he did when the pair crossed the finish line neck and neck, earning each a first place medal.
"It feels good. We tied for first and honestly I didn't see that coming," Pierre said. "I didn't think it would be that close of a race. I thought he was going to beat me of course. For the 55 finals he is my rival and he always brings my game up. I did a lot better than I expected."
While Pierre was enjoying the moment, Longi was several feet away, wondering if there was more he could have done.
"I wish I could have won but I have been working hard all season and Pierre ran a great race and we tied," Longi said. "I wish I could see a photo, hopefully there is one up online to see who won. We said after the race that it was close and we had no idea who won. 6.61 is not my best, I've gone 6.56. Hopefully in Opens I can run that 6.56 again."
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Pierre ran the anchor leg of the winning 4x200 relay along with Justin Fredrick, Niko Petrides and Yvens Borno and picked up first in the 300 with a time of 35.16.
With Danbury claiming team glory and Pierre nabbing three golds, Christian Alvarado of Fairfield Prep also put on a show, winning the 1600 and 3200.
Alvarado finished the 1600 in 4:22.34, just ahead of Oliver Hickson of Staples (4:23.28) and won the 3200 in 9:28.54, besting Austin Gilbert of Ridgefield (9:29.08).
"This is the first time I've won both at the state level and it's a great thrill," Alvarado said. "Last week I did a 9:20, so, I knew that if I stayed calm I'd be able to finish with a win."
Chris Rough of Westhill took first in the pole vault with a jump of 14-feet-00.00.
"Feels really good I am pretty happy with it," said Rough, the FCIAC champion. "I wasn't necessarily at my best but I felt good enough."
Ridgefield's team of Ethan Realander, Jonathan Keating, Kristian Sogaard and Ausitn Gilbert took first in the 4x800 relay at 8:18.97 with Staples coming in second at 8:19.22.
Jayson Matthews of Manchester won the high jump with Mike Morrow of Danbury coming in second.
In the 1000, Randall Neish of Glastonbury was first (2:33.19) with Peter Elkind of Staples and Mickey Kozak of Danbury coming in second and third.
Chaz Winter of Danbury won the 600 in 1:25.11.
"I worked hard the past three years of my life and I'm finally here senior year, it's a great feeling to be honest," Winter said. "Once I get State Open going, looking to go to New Englands but, yeah, it's a good day. I was seeded third so I was mentally prepared to go for the win."
In the 55 hurdles, Stephon Henry (7.79) of New Britain came in first with Akim Moffett (7.85) of Danbury taking second.
Matt Bennett of Southington (52-04.50) won the shot put with Evan Adams (49-06.00) of Norwalk grabbing second.
Ridgefield (3:40.98) won the 1600 sprint medley relay with the team of Andrew Franco, Evan Bloch, James Barile and Graeme Hewitt.
Class LL Boys Indoor Track Championships
at Floyd Little Athletic Center, New Haven
1. Danbury 64, 2. Ridgefield 61, 3. Staples 46, 4. McMahon 34, 5. Cheshire 26, 6. Greenwich 25, 7. Amity 21, 8. Fairfield Prep 20, 9. Hamden 19, 10. New Britain 17, 11. Norwalk 15, 12. Glastonbury 13, 13. (tie) Shelton, Trumbull, Manchester and Simsbury 12, 17. (tie) Southington, Xavier and Westhill 10, 20. Newtown 7, 21. East Hartford 6, 22. Hartford Public 5, 23. (tie) Stamford and NFA 4.
Winner in each event and regional finishers among top six
55 dash: 1. (tie) Austin Longi (Greenwich) and Shnyden Pierre (McMahon) 6.61; 3. Thomas Kane (Shelton) 6.68; 5. Niko Petridis (McMahon) 6.75; 300: 1. Shnyden Pierre (McMahon) 35.16 (Class LL record); 6. Niko Petridis (McMahon) 37.01; 600: 1. Chaz Winter (Danbury) 1:25.11; 3. Joseph Matera (Trumbull) 1:26.71; 5. Victor Kolbin (Staples) 1:27.88; 1000: 1. Randall Neish (Glastonbury) 2:33.19; 2. Peter Elkind (Staples) 2:35.86; 3. Mickey Kozak (Danbury) 2:37.23; 5. Michael Yuan (Amity) 2:37.96; 1600: 1. Christian Alvarado (Fairfield Prep) 4:22.34; 2. Oliver Hickson (Staples) 4:23.28; 3. William Bordash (Ridgefield) 4:24.99; 4. Trevor Hopper (Ridgefield) 4:26.20; 6. Thomas Guillaume (Ridgefield) 4:35.21; 3200: 1. Christian Alvarado (Fairfield Prep) 9:28.54; 2. Austin Gilbert (Ridgefield) 9:29.08; 3. Gabriel Altopp (Ridgefield) 9:29.52; 4. Trevor Hopper (Ridgefield) 9:32.28; 5. Eric Van der Els (McMahon) 9:32.75; 55 hurdles: 1. Stephon Henry (New Britain) 7.79; 2. Akim Moffett (Danbury) 7.85; 4. Franklin Bartley Jr. (Norwalk) 7.89; 5. Aaron Rattley (Amity) 7.98; 6. Robert Jacowleff (Staples) 8.06; 4x200 relay: 1. McMahon (Justin Frederick, Yvens Borno, Niko Petridis, Shnyden Pierre) 1:34.44; 3. Amity (Aria Mohseni, Joseph Choiniere, Aaron Rattley, Joshua Timpko) 1:35.51; 4. Shelton (Thomas Kane, Michael Pingree, Michael Ficano, Kevin Block) 1:36.60; 5. Danbury (Matthew Andrew, Cyrus Brown, Devonte Clarke, Akim Moffett) 1:36.97; 4x400 relay: 1. Ridgefield (James Barile, Thomas Guillaume, Graeme Hewett, Johnathan Keating) 3:31.60; 2. Danbury (Tyrice O'Connor, Jonathan Bartley, Taylor Williams, Chaz Winter) 3:32.09; 3. Trumbull (Tyler Gleen, Neil Barrow, Dylan McEniry, Joseph Matera) 3:35.53; 5. Staples (Robert Jacowleff, James Lewis, Victor Kolbin, Peter Elkind) 3:36.35; 4x800 relay: 1. Ridgefield (Ethan Realander, Johnathan Keating, Kristian Sogaard, Austin Gilbert) 8:18.97; 2. Staples (James Lewis, William McDonald, Luis Cruz, Victor Kolbin) 8:19.22; 3. Danbury (Matt Edgar, Corey Mullins, Taylor Williams, Jake Roberts) 8:25.74; 4. Greenwich (Spencer Helmrich, Sean Clarke, Mark Jarombek, Sebastian Oe) 8:29.15; 5. Shelton (Seth Shuster, Kristian Schif, Joseph Edelstein, Austin Kothary) 8:31.53; 1600 sprint medley: 1. Ridgefield (Andrew Franco, Evan Bloch, James Barile, Graeme Hewett) 3:40.98; 2. Danbury (Matthew Andrew, Akim Moffett, Jonathan Bartley, Mickey Kozak) 3:41.84; 3. Amity (Joshua Timpko, Mark Pigatt, Aria Mohseni, Michael Yuan) 3:42.20; 4. Staples (Robert Jacowleff, Andrew Floyd, Luis Cruz, Peter Elkind) 3:42.83; 5. Norwalk (Hopeton Chambers, Franklin Bartley Jr., Tayquan Camacho, Ezzy Rodriguez) 3:45.90; high jump: 1. Jayson Matthews (Manchester) 6-0; 2. Mike Morrow (Danbury) J6-0; 3. (tie) Christian Lodewick (Amity) 5-10; 5. Anthony Bravo (Staples) 5-8; 6. Cole Terry (Newtown) J5-8; pole vault: 1. Christopher Rough (Westhill) 14-0; 2. (tie) Leland Roberts (Danbury) 12-0; 4. Thomas Chessman (Greenwich) 11-6; 5. (tie) Phat Thach (Danbury) and William Nolan (Staples) 11-0; long jump: 1. Anthony Bravo (Staples) 21-1.5; 2. Stephan DeCarlo (Greenwich) 20-9.25; 3. Kevin Gorman (Newtown) 20-4.75; 4. Phil Szostek (Stamford) 20-4.5; shot put: 1. Matthew Bennett (Southington) 52-4.5; 2. Evan Adams (Norwalk) 49-6; 5. Lucas Goff (Ridgefield) 46-0.5; 6. Corey Barrett (Norwalk) 44-11.5.