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Boys indoor team looks to defend NCCC titles

CANTON, Dec. 9 — After winning two straight NCCC championships, the Canton High boys track and field team will be challenged to make it three in a row. The Warriors do have some returning athletes in Tyler Van Kirk, Jeff Lochner, Jarrett Chouinard, Tyler Fitzpatrick, Julian Franklin, Keith Wilson and Peter LeDuc.

But they have big shoes to fill with graduation of David Kucia, probably the best track and field athlete in school history, league champions Dylan Smith (shot) and Kevin Kurnat (1,000) and a host of runners that helped the Warriors win two relay titles at the NCCC championships. Kucia won the 55 hurdles at the NCCC meet in school record time and finished second in the long jump.

The girls track team has a few key veterans returning in Katie Talbot, Rose Minichiello, Sarah Allen, Jamie Haberern and Anna Waite. It’s not enough to challenge for a league title but they should do well.

Canton will have a new coach this winter. Seth Spector, a former head coach at Xavier in Middletown, will take over the two teams. The indoor track season consists of a few developmental meets and the NCCC championships, which will be held in just a few weeks on January 17.

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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