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Indoor track program continues to grow

AVON, Dec. 9 — The indoor track program is still young at Avon, now entering its third season since it was revived. The Avon boys had a team in the 1960s and 1970s while this recent revival is the first opportunity for girls at Avon to compete in indoor track. Al Daddario was the team’s lone coach for the first two seasons. Now, there are enough athletes, about 50, for a second coach – Matt Mooney.

A year ago, Brianna Noonan (high jump) and Greg Rendeiro (long jump) won NCCC titles and Noonan took second in Class M. But both graduated.

Among the girls, there should be some strength in the distance and sprints with Katie McIntyre, Madison Zapatka and Molly Hamel, who earned All-NCCC honors in cross country, sprinter Stephanie Koo, Emily Arciero, an regional All-American field hockey player, and Maddie McHugh on the squad. On the boys side, Mike Oberhausen, Sean Deneen, Ethan Buyse and Bryan Jennings bring experience from cross country while George Kostal and Lenny Dupee have experience in the shot. Graydon Stewart took third in the 300 meters at the NCCC meet a year ago.

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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