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Canton track team prepares for NCCC championships

A solid core of athletes is helping the Canton High boys track team (5-5, 5-5 NCCC) to succeed.
Senior Erik Nystrom set a new school record in the 3,200 meters with his time of 10:04.11 in last week’s four-team meet with Avon, Granby and East Granby. Nystrom outlasted Avon’s John Drago and eclipsed the old school record set in 2005 by Chris Bussiere by over a second. Nystrom also beat Drago in the 1,600 meters.

David Kucia broke his own school record in the 110 hurdles with his winning time of 16.02 seconds. Connor Smyth took second in the discus but his throw of 107 feet, 5 inches set a new school record. Ryan Gallagher outran Avon’s Dave Doebler down the stretch to win the 400 meters by 0.29 of a second. Smyth also finished second in the 110 hurdles to Kucia and second in the high jump with a leap of 5-6.

Canton lost to Avon in the meet. Earlier in the week, the Warriors fell to Coventry, 108-40, and Ellington, 94-55 but they beat Bolton, 87-18. Canton’s next meet is Tuesday at the NCCC championship meet in Ellington.

GIRLS TRACK: A small team of about 13 continues to work hard. Winning dual meets is difficult but individuals continue to improve.

In last week’s four-team meet against Avon, Katie Bussiere won the javelin with an impressive throw of 72 feet, 2 inches while Tyshia Alexander broke two school records. Alexander broke her own school record in the high jump, leaping 4 feet, 6 inches. She finished third in the long jump and second in the 300 hurdles with a school record time of 54.64, breaking the old mark set in 2005 by Erin Belford (54.72). Bussiere took second in the 800.

Canton (3-7) fell to Avon, Coventry (119-26) and Ellington (100-41) last week but they did beat Bolton, 83-21 for its third win of the season.
Track and field
At Avon
BOYS
Avon defeats Canton
At Avon (May 14, 2009)
4×800: 1. Avon, 2. Canton
4×100: 1. Canton (Chris Hyde. Luke Talbot, Ryan Gallagher, Mark Tollhurst) 47.21, 2. Avon 47.23, 3. Granby 48.96
100: 1. Grant (EG) 11.38, 2. Spatcher (G) 11.83, 3. Doebler (A) 11.87
200: 1. Dave Doebler (A), 2. Luke Talbot (C), 3. Grant (EG)
400: 1. Ryan Gallagher (C) 52.9, 2. Dave Doebler (A) 53.28, 3. Bailey (EG) 54.68
800: 1. Eric Stevens (A) 2:11.19, 2. Gamble (G) 2:13.25, 3. Matt Casey (C) 2:14.88
1,600: 1. Erik Nystrom (C) 4:35.0, 2. John Drago (A) 4:40.12, 3. Corallo (G) 4:40.81
3,200: 1. Erik Nystrom (C) 10:04.11, 2. John Drago (A) 10:17.12, 3. Kevin Kurnat (C) 10:21.13
110 hurdles: 1. David Kucia (C) 16.02, 2. Connor Smyth (C) 18.85, 3. Joe Tripodi (A) 19.11
300 hurdles: 1. Spatcher (G) 43.83, 2. Horr (G) 43.95, 3. Marino (EG) 45.26
Discus: 1. Jake Baril (G) 130-8, 2. Connor Smyth (C) 107-5, 3. Dylan Smith (C) 101-6
Triple jump: 1. Dutton (G) 36-0, 2. Hernandez (G) 35-10, 3. LeJune (G) 35-7
Long jump: 1. Marino (EG) 19-9, 2. Hernsdorf (G) 18-4, 3. Dutton (G) 17-7
High jump: 1. Eric Stevens (A) 5-8, 2. Connor Smyth (C) 5-6, 3. Jim Marino (EG) 5-4
Javelin: 1. Brandon Burciaga (A) 144-7, 2. Rob Carver (A) 141-2, 3. Baril (G) 139-5
Shot: 1. Brandon Burciaga (A) 40-4, 2. Mitch McPherson (A) 38-0, 3. Baril (G) 37-5
Pole vault: 1. Dutton (G) 9-0, 2. Rendiero (A) 8-5, 3. Hernsdorf (G) and Murdoch (A)
4×400 relay: 1. Granby 3:45. 15. 2. Avon 3:50.92, 3. Canton 3:57.95

GIRLS
Avon defeats Canton
At Avon (May 14, 2009)
4×800: 1. Granby, 2. Avon
4×100: 1. Avon 54.4, 2. Canton 55.75, 3. Granby 57.4
100: 1. Chloe Kryspin (A) 13.34, 2. Rocks (G) 13.46, 3. Sarah Fink (A) 13.82
200: 1. TiTi Vanriel (A) 27.28, 2. Catherine Martin (A) 27.84, 3. Rocks (G) 29.37
400: 1. TiTi Vanriel (A) 60.40, 2. Ryan (G) 1:03.31, 3. Sarah Fink (A) 1:06.54
800: 1. Emily Kelly (A) 2:27.71, 2. Katie Bussiere (C) 2:36.44, 3. Chance (G) 2:46.24
1,600: Claire Smith (A) 5:40.78, 2. Kallie Veldman (A) 5:59.68, 3. Bussman (G) 6:03.95
3,200: 1. Claire Smith (A) 11:58.82, 2. Almagro (G) 12:50.06, 3. Endorf (G) 12:58.56
110 hurdles: 1. Chloe Kryspin (A) 18.31, 2. Guttermuth (G) 19.2, 3. Rich (C) 19.34
300 hurdles: 1. Guttmuth (G) 54.37, 2. Tyisha Alexander (C) 54.64, 3. Easterman (EG) 55.37
Discus: 1. Longley (G) 66-0, 2. Perron (G) 65-11, 3. Frances Hyza (C) 56-4
Shot: 1. Jacqui Perron (G) 23-6, 2. Walker (EG) 23-1, 3. Frances Hyza (C) 22-5
Javelin: 1. Katie Bussiere (C) 72-2, 2. Dumas (G) 65-6, 3. Pierce (EG) 64-8
High jump: 1. Brianna Noonan (A) 4-8, 2. Alyssa Burton (A) 4-8, 3. Tyisha Alexander (C) 4-6
Triple jump: 1. Lenke (G) 30-3, 2. Tracy Bembard (A) 29-11, 3. Alyssa Burton (A) 28-8.5
Long jump: 1. TiTi Vanriel (A) 15-2, 2. Derare (G) 13-10, 3. Smith (G) 13-9
Pole vault: 1. Zhao (A)

4×400 relay: 1. Avon (TiTi Vanriel, Catherine Martin, Chloe Kryspin, Emily Kelly) 4:28.83, 2. Granby 4:45.87

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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