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Another school record for Kucia, who finishes 9th in decathlon

CANTON, June 20 — Decathlete David Kucia set a new Canton High school record in the CIAC decathlon scoring 5,289 points to finish ninth for the second straight year. Kucia broke his own school record that he set a year ago.

In his final high school event, Kucia finished fourth in his best event – the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.49 to begin the second day of the 10 event test of
endurance. Kucia finished ninth in the discus with a throw of 92 feet, four inches.

In a field of 50 competitors, Kucia finished in the top half in every event. He was 15th in the 100 meters (11.86), 12th in the high jump (5-7.75), 14th in the javelin (115-2), 15th in the 1,500 meters (4:47.09) and tied for 16th in the pole vault with a leap of 9 feet and one quarter. It was just the second time he had competed in pole vault since Canton has no track and field facilities. His pole vault debut was in last year’s decathlon.

Canton’s Camila Rich became the first Canton girl to ever compete in the CIAC heptathlon, taking 28th in the field of 50 girls with a school-record 2,557 points.

Rich’s best finish in the seven-event competition was taking 14th in the 110 hurdles with a time of 18.37. She also took 24th in the shot with a throw of 23-9 feet.

Canton had three runners in the 2,000 meter steeplechase event and all three finished in the top 10. Kevin Kurnat finished third in the event with a school record time of 6:44.04, three seconds shy of Alexander Olendorf  of Fitch in second place. Race winner Dan Ronan of Danbury easily won the event in 6:33.38. Peter LeDuc finished fifth in 6:50.15 while Ned Furtney was 10th in 6:53.56. Fifty-seven runners competed in the race.

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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