Fairfield Prep senior distance running star Christian Alvarado atoned for his loss in the 1,600 at the State Open in indoor track and field on Monday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center at Hillhouse High School in New Haven by making a statement late in the race to win the 3,200.
Alvarado said he was disappointed to place second in the 1,600 to Farmington's Matt Chisholm by 0.94 of a second. But that pushed him harder in the 3,200, he said, which he won in a meet record time of 9:07.63. He stayed right behind Darien runner-up Alex Ostberg by a couple of strides until the final 200 meters before sprinting past him to win by 2.67 seconds.
"I was a little down after the 1,600, I'm not going to lie," Alvarado said. "I decided to man-up for the 3,200. I got off to a good start and I was staying on his heels. He's a gritty runner up front."
Alvarado said the recent snowy weather prevented him from enjoying top-flight training runs leading up to the State Open. Any sluggishness from the 1,600 was gone by the time he made his move on the last lap of 16.
His first- and second-place finishes provided the Jesuits with all the points they scored as they placed sixth as a team among the 50 schools that scored team points. His time in the 1,600 was 4:24.57. The previous State Open record in the 3,200 -- the metric 2-mile race -- was 9:10.75, set by John Raneri, of New Fairfield, in 2010. Ostberg's time was 9:10.3.
Fairfield Warde senior Aidan Fiol placed ninth in the race in 9:48.26.
Mustangs' senior Cate Allen finished fifth in a highly competitive girls' 1,600 in which the top three finishers -- Danae Rivers, of Wilbur Cross, Hannah DeBalsi, of Staples, and Claire Howlett, of Westhill -- each surpassed the previous meet record. Allen's time was 4:59.47; Rivers's was 4:52.29, and the previous mark was 4:56.66.