MANCHESTER — When Mike Hartfield returns home to Connecticut, the first visit he makes is always to his father's gravesite in Bloomfield.
"That's literally the first place when I get here," Hartfield said recently at Manchester High. "I'll go and have a conversation."
Lately, father and son have had plenty to catch up on.
After losing Tyrell Hartfield to an unexpected heart problem in 2010 and having his mother, Marsha McIntosh, suffer a stroke in 2013, Hartfield, who graduated from Manchester High in 2008, has risen to the top of the world in the long jump, finishing third at the last two U.S. outdoor track and field championships.