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Every point counts for Avon

Falcons win 2 of 3 relays to earn a share of NCCC title
ENFIELD, May 25 – In the end, the Avon High girls track and field team needed every point they could find to win a share of its first NCCC championship in over 20 years.

The Falcons had 16 athletes score points as they earned 120½ points to hold off surging Coventry by two points to finish second and earn a portion of the league title with surprising Suffield.

Teams earn one point for every dual meet victory and one point for every team they beat at the league championship meet. Suffield (10-2) earned 12 points for beating the other 12 teams at the meet with its 10 points for its 10 dual meet wins for a total of 22 points. Avon (11-1) received 11 points for finishing second for a total of 22 points.

Suffield, which had finished second the previous four years, won the meet with 133 points. Ellington, which was 12-0 in the dual meet season, was fourth with 103 points. Canton was 12th with five points.

It’s Avon’s first league championship since winning the NCCC championship 21 years ago in 1989.

Avon won two of the three relay races and in the 4×800 relay, the Falcons finished second. Claire Smith won the 3,200 for the third time in four years and Titi Vanriel (400 meters) and Brianna Noonan (high jumps) successfully defended their NCCC titles.

Vanriel also finished second in the 200 meters and in the long jump. Smith also grabbed a fifth in the 1,600 meters, knocking nine seconds off her best time this spring.

“The kids really did their best out there today,” Avon coach Al Daddario said.

Excellent performances in the relays buoyed the Falcons. Danielle Evans and Stephanie Koo stepped into the 4×800 relay for Vanriel and Smith, who were limited to just three events each. Avon surged in the end to finish second, outrunning Granby in the final 50 meters.

In the 4×100 meter relay, Chloe Kryspin had a strong 50 meters as the anchor runner to pull away from the field and give Avon the victory in 52.85, about 0.17 of a second ahead of Enfield. Koo, Catherine Martin, Kristina Shayler ran the first three legs of the race.

Two weeks earlier, Avon won the final event, the 4×400 relay to beat Coventry and keep their league title hopes alive. At the NCCC meet, they came from behind to beat the Patriots by nearly four seconds.

Shayler and Emily Kelly had Avon in contention after two legs. Kelly’s handoff to Martin was a bit awkward leaving Avon in third place. But Martin ran down Coventry and Enfield and began to pull away. Anchor runner Jenna Donahue extended the lead as the Falcons finished in 4:17.94.

In the 3,200 meters, Smith ran on the heels of Suffield’s Chelsea Bishop for most of the race before zipping past her with about two laps remaining to win the race for the third time in four years by over 16 seconds in 12:08.61.

In the 400, Vanriel held off Suffield’s Sarah Wilson, winning by 0.22 of a second in 59.59. Donahue was fourth in 1:03.19.

Noonan won the high jump (4-foot-10) for the second straight year as the Falcons had four girls earn points. Alyssa Burton was third, Bess Casserleigh was fifth and Sarah deSimas was eighth.

Shayler and Koo were fifth and sixth, respectively in the 100 meters. Kryzpin took up the hurdles this spring and earned points in the 110 high hurdles (sixth) and 300 hurdles, where she finished second with a personal-best time of 50.89.

Kelly was fifth in the 800 while Diane Zhao and Heather Bowman were third and eighth, respectively, in the pole vault.

Take away just two points and the Falcons finish third and the league championship slips away.

Avon’s Chloe Kryspin begins to smile as she approaches the finish line in the 4×100 relay

2010 NCCC championships
At Enfield
GIRLS
Team results – 1. Suffield 133, 2. Avon 120½, 3. Coventry 118½, 4. Ellington 103, 5. Granby 72, 6. Stafford 58, 7. Windsor Locks 33, 8. Enfield 24, 9. Somers 15, 10. East Granby 10, 10. East Windsor 10, 12. Canton 5, 13. Bolton 3
GIRLS 4x800m Relay:
1. Suffield A, (Brianna Bishop, Chelsea Bishop, Elizabeth Rigby, Sarah Wilson), 10:05.46; 2. Avon A, (Danielle Evans, Stafanie Koo, Jenna Donahue, Emily Kelly), 10:18.48; 3. Granby A, (Megan Almagro, Sarah Schackner, Katherine Jones, Bryana Newton), 10:19.47; 4. Ellington A, (M. Costello, Molly Honda, Krista Pregony, Kayla Sgarlata), 10:46.50; 5. Coventry A, (Nicole Strauss, Ada Peters, Alyssa Keeney, Hannah Rauchle), 11:05.53; 6. Bolton High School A, (Kathryn Giuffre, K. Treadwell, Rebecca Salustri, Rachel Chambers), 11:35.41
GIRLS 4x100m Relay:
1. Avon A, (Chole Kryszpin, Stafanie Koo, Kristina Shayler, Catherine Martin), 52.85; 2. Enfield High School A, (Taylor Demur, Patience Bearse, Tiara Johnson, Rachel Boulette), 53.02; 3. Suffield A, (Eliza Doane, G. Attanasio, Anjali Quinones, Jessie Strickland), 53.30; 4. Granby A, (Madison Barba, Gabrielle Dixon, Caroline Wutka, Jill Edbrooke), 53.39; 5. Stafford A, (Allie Byrne, Kianna Woods, Amanda Jacobsen, Lauren Webb), 53.62; 6. Ellington A, (Emily Parker, Amanda Bellezza, Heather Hulstein, Jessica Baker), 53.77;
GIRLS 100m High Hurdles:
1. Peri Stevens, Suffield 16.55;  2. Amanda Haraghey, Stafford 18.18;  3. Laura Fetko, Ellington 18.20; 4. Hanna Tyser, Somers 18.21;  5. Stephanie Oliver, Coventry 18.22; 6. Chole Kryszpin, Avon 18.29;
GIRLS 100m Dash:
1. Claiborne Jones, Ellington 12.85;  2. Lauren Webb, Stafford 13.41;  3. Anjali Quinones, Suffield 13.46; 4. Rachel Boulette, Enfield High School 13.83; 5. Kristina Shayler, Avon 13.90; 6. Stafanie Koo, Avon 13.92;
GIRLS 1600m Run:
1. Megan MacBryde, Coventry 5:22.88;  2. Jennifer Hulstein, Ellington 5:25.92; 3. Brianna Bishop, Suffield 5:29.09; 4. Elizabeth Rigby, Suffield 5:30.64;  5. Claire Smith, Avon 5:31.45; 6. Megan Almagro, Granby 5:45.26;
GIRLS 400m Run:
1. Titi VanRiel, Avon 59.59;  2. Sarah Wilson, Suffield 1:00.21;  3. Claiborne Jones, Ellington 1:01.63; 4. Jenna Donahue, Avon 1:03.19;  5. Patience Bearse, Enfield High School 1:04.07; 6. Rachael Cocca, Suffield 1:05.57;
GIRLS 300m Hurdles:
1. Peri Stevens, Suffield 49.84;  2. Chole Kryszpin, Avon 50.89;  3. Meg Oliphant, Coventry 51.68; 4. Caroline Eastman, East Granby 52.49;  5. Kelsey Janssen, Ellington 52.95; 6. Michelle Guttermuth, Granby 54.06;
GIRLS 800m Run:
1. Sarah Wilson, Suffield 2:20.07;  2. Megan MacBryde, Coventry 2:24.00;  3. Nicole Strauss, Coventry 2:27.36; 4. Brianna Bishop, Suffield 2:29.59;  5. Emily Kelly, Avon 2:30.61; 6. Katherine Jones, Granby 2:38.55;
GIRLS 200m Dash:
1. Claiborne Jones, Ellington 26.87;  2. Titi VanRiel, Avon 27.50;  3. Anjali Quinones, Suffield 27.60; 4. Lauren Webb, Stafford 27.80;  5. Emily Parker, Ellington 28.00; 6. Taylor Demur, Enfield High School 28.25;
GIRLS 3200m Run:
1. Claire Smith, Avon 12:08.61;  2. Chelsea Bishop, Suffield 12:24.23;  3.Jennifer Hulstein, Ellington 12:32.25; 4. Hannah Gardocki, Suffield 13:04.93; 5. Katie Ravenola, Suffield 13:11.26; 6. Ada Peters, Coventry 13:14.51;
GIRLS 4x400m Relay:
1. Avon A, (Jenna Donahue, Kristina Shayler, Emily Kelly, Catherine Martin), 4:17.94; 2. Coventry A, (Megan MacBryde, Nicole Strauss, Meg Oliphant, Hannah Rauchle), 4:22.57; 3. Ellington A, (Emily Parker, Heather Hulstein, Molly Honda, Gigi Rubino), 4:23.43; 4. Suffield A, (Rachael Cocca, Paxton McNierney, Peri Stevens, Elizabeth Rigby), 4:24.37; 5. Granby A, (Katherine Jones, K. Schiffmacher, Bryana Newton, Sarah Schackner), 4:29.04; 6. Stafford A, (Amanda Jacobsen, Jen Bourque, Ashley Richards, Michelle Gleason), 4:41.46;
  GIRLS  Long Jump:
1. Marina Rose, Coventry 15’½.50″;  2. Titi VanRiel, Avon 15’04”;  3. Gabija Pileika, Suffield 14’10.50″; 4. Gabrielle Dixon, Granby 14’½”;  5. Sara Moore, Ellington 14’½”; 6. Lucia Pantuosco, Somers 14’04.50″;
GIRLS  Shot Put:
1. Kelly Myers, Coventry 36’03.50″;  2. Stephanie Oliver, Coventry 33’11.50″;  3. Natalie Snow, Ellington 29’08”; 4. Heather McIlroy, Granby 28’02.50″;  5. Autumn Allen, East Windsor 28’00”; 6. Christina Martin, Ellington 27’11”;
GIRLS  Pole Vault:
1. Allison Bruce, Stafford 8’06”;  2. Amanda Kulas, Windsor Locks 8’00”;  3. Amanda Jacobsen, Stafford 7’06”; 3. Diane Zhao, Avon 7’06”;  3. Helen Humphreys, Suffield 7’06”; 3. Gabriella Attanasio, Suffield 7’06”;
GIRLS  High Jump:
1. Brianna Noonan, Avon 4’10”;  2. Paige Kibby, Granby 4’10”;  3. Alyssa Burton, Avon 4’08”; 4. Sara Moore, Ellington 4’06”;  5. Bess Casserleigh, Avon 4’06”; 5. Gretta Ingraham, Coventry 4’06”;
GIRLS  Discus Throw:
1. Heather Longley, Granby 110’½”;  2. Heather McIlroy, Granby 88’11”;  3. Amanda Schroth, Ellington 83’½”; 4. Kelly Myers, Coventry 78’07”;  5. Autumn Allen, East Windsor 77’07”; 6. Nicole Logan, Coventry 75’11”;
GIRLS  Javelin Throw:
1. Jenna Wojtas, Windsor Locks 92’07”;  2. Mandy Chamberlain, Suffield 85’01”; 3. Marina Rose, Coventry 85’00”;  4. Heather McIlroy, Granby 83’09”; 5. Heather Longley, Granby 82’½”;  6. Jessica Dixon, Windsor
Locks 81’08”;
GIRLS  Triple Jump:
1. Stephanie Oliver, Coventry 33’07”;  2. Kianna Woods, Stafford 32’01”;  3. Jenna Wojtas, Windsor Locks 32’00.50″; 4. Marina Rose, Coventry 32’00”; 5. Heather Moylan, Somers 31’09”; 6. Carlynn Devane, East Granby 30’10”

Overall league standings
                Dual meet  NCCC    Pts.
Avon             11-1          11        22
Suffield         10-2          12        22
Ellington       12-0            9         21
Coventry         9-3         10        19
Granby           8-4           8         16
Stafford          7-5           7         14
Enfield            6-6           5         11
Somers           5-7           4          9
Windsor Locks  3-8         6          9
East Windsor    5-7         3          8
East Granby    0-11        3          3
Canton            1-11        1          2
Bolton              0-11        0          0
Teams earn one point for each dual meet victory and one point for each team they beat the league championship meet
NCCC championship meet
Recent winners of the NCCC championship meet, which isn’t necessarily the league champion, determined by dual meet wins and teams beaten at the league meet

Year:    Team     Points
2010:  Suffield   153
2009:  Tolland   227.5
2008:  Tolland   199.5
2007:  Tolland   217
2006:  Tolland   190.5
2005:  Tolland   161.5
2004:  Ellington  184
2003:  Ellington  127
2002:  Ellington 126
2001:  Tolland   105.5
2000:  Suffield   110.5
1999:  E.O. Smith 172
1998:  E.O. Smith 190
1997:  E.O. Smith 117
1996:  E.O. Smith 120
1995:  E.O. Smith 97
1994:  E.O. Smith 96
1993:  Tolland 82.5
1992:  Tolland 150
1991:  Tolland 157
1990:  Tolland 96
1989:  Avon 131
1988:  Avon 87
1987:  Ellington 87
1986:  Avon 79.5

1985:  Granby 94


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 35 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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