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All sports record board unveiled at Avon High

Former Avon High track and field teammates Ed Roy, left, and Richard Reichler view the new sports record board at Avon High.

Former Avon High track and field teammates Ed Roy, left, and Richard Reichler view the new sports record board at Avon High.

AVON, Jan. 4 – The two old friends stood before the clean, new board hanging from the wall near the Avon High cafeteria. They looked at the individual boys and girls school records from outdoor track and field – the first section of an all sports record board.

The record board was unveiled during halftime of Friday night’s game between the Avon High boys basketball team and Windsor Locks. Marianne Smith and members from the Avon High Booster Club have been working on the project for two years now.

Former track and field teammate Richard Reichler and Ed Roy stood together, looked, found their names and smiled. Both own school records.

Reichler shares the school record in the 800 meters with Jeff Hyman. Reichler set his mark of 1:56.0 in 1969 at the CIAC Class M championship meet. Twice in 1971, Roy leaped 13 feet, 3 inches to set a school record in the pole vault. Once, it was on the old cinder track here at Avon that once surrounded the football field.

Roy, who helped in compiling the track and field records, spoke briefly at the unveiling along with Smith, Gary Mala, Avon’s superintendent of schools, and Newell Porch, the school’s athletic director.

Additional records will be posted once they are compiled for other respective sports. Work is underway on individual swimming, cross country and football records.

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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