Canton High’s Matt Graziano heart skipped a beat and there was an empty feeling his stomach. His event, the discus throw, was about to begin at the 67th annual New England track and field championships at Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine and his equipment bag was gone.
In the bag was his phone, a towel and his discus, the 3 pound, 9 ounce disc that he had practiced with and competed with all season. He had driven hours to get to the meet and waited for hours to compete. In crowd of hundreds, Graziano felt alone.
Other area athletes at the New England championship included Simsbury’s Meredith Wilson, who was 18th in the 100 hurdles in 15.57 seconds and teammate Maddie Nicholson, who was 20th in the discus with a throw of 105 feet and 5 inches. Granby’s Daniel Clark, who was 22nd in the 300 hurdles in 42.25 seconds.
1. Matt Graziano, Canton, 176 feet, 2. Jeremy Octeau, Westerly RI 171-02, 3. Kevin Conway, Westerly RI 170-03, 4. Jacob Tomczak, Derby, 166-11, 5. Swardick Mayanka, Newtown North, MA., 162-08, 6. Joe Colao, Westerly RI 162-04, 7. Nick Staub, Dracut, MA 156-11, 8. Kyle Ducharme, Hazen VT, 150-09