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One chance for track athletes at NCCC championship meet

CANTON, Feb. 2 – Over 50 athletes will compete Wednesday for Canton at the NCCC championship meet at Hillhouse High in New Haven. “This is it for the league,” Canton coach Tim O’Donnell said. “In basketball, you have 20 games. We have one meet. It’s the one sport where all of your eggs are in one basket.”

The meet was snowed out last week and will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 4.

Tolland, Suffield and Ellington are the three traditional track powers in the league but the Warriors hope to turn in a respectable showing for such a young team.

On Jan. 22, four more athletes qualified for the Class S championship during a developmental meet in Glastonbury. Colin Glasson qualified in the shot with a throw of 41 feet and nine inches, Ryan Gallagher qualified with a time of 7.0 seconds in the 55 meters and Brian Magna qualified in the 300 meters with a time of 41 seconds.

Rachel Schwartzmann qualified for the shot put in Class S by snapping her own school record for the second time this season with a throw of 28 feet, 4 inches. She threw 27 feet, 7.75 feet at the Haddam Killingworth Invitational earlier this month.

Canton has 12 girls and 15 boys who have earned qualifying times for the Class S meet and O’Donnell hopes a few more can qualify at the NCCC meet.

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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