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Schwartzman breaks her own school record in shot

HIGGNAUM, Jan. 17, 2009 — Canton’s Rachel Schwartzman broke her own school record in the shot put with a throw of 27 feet, 3.75 inches at Saturday’s Haddam-Killingworth Invitational. She broke the record set by Molly Checksfield in 2007 of 26-10. Schwartzman finished 14th in the event.

The Canton girls 800-meter relay team finished second in the 4×2 relay with a time of 1:59.31, less than a second off the school record time set at the Class S meet in 2007. Alessandra Summa, Alaina Casioppo, Elyse Minichello and Tyisha Alexander ran the race. The Warriors were a distant second, six seconds off the winning pace of 1:53.75 set by Weston.

The Canton girls earned 15 points in the meet and finished tied for 11th out of 32 teams.

Katie Bussiere finished sixth in the 1,000 meters with a time of 3:20.70 with teammate Frances Klimczak close behind in ninth place (3:23.91). Canton’s 1,600 meter sprint relay team of Alexander, Bussiere, Katie Talbot and Klimczak finished third with a time of 4:44.66.

The boys also competed at the meet but didn’t score any points. The Canton 1,600 meter relay team was the only one to break into the top 10, finishing eighth in 3:56.58. Kevin Kurtnat, Matt Casey, Dylan Petrascovius and Wesley Nichols made up the team.

David Kucia finished 11th in the 55 hurdles with a time of 9.07.

Canton will compete at the Glastonbury developmental meet on Thursday before the NCCC championship meet on Wednesday, Jan. 28.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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