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Impressive wins for Graziano, Rowland at Shoreline Coaches meet

NEW HAVEN, Jan. 5 – It was a busy two days for athletes on the Canton and Avon High indoor track programs.

On Friday, the athletes were competing at the NCCC Development meet, an opportunity to grow and compete at the Floyd Little Athletic center at Hillhouse. The next day, Canton and Avon athletes were in attendance again for the Shoreline Coaches Invitational at Hillhouse. More athletes were involved and it was a bit more serious.

Canton’s Matt Graziano earned victories in the shot put at both events while Avon’s Chamiyah Rowland had an impressive win in the 55 meters at the Shoreline Coaches Invitational.

At the Shoreline Coaches meet, the Avon High girls finished 10th with 19 points while the Canton boys finished 13th with 16 points. Graziano won the shot put in a field of 48 competitors with a throw of 44 feet, 10 inches. For Avon, Rowland won the 55 meters with a time of 7.48 seconds. She qualified for the finals with a run of 7.66 seconds.

There were several other top 10 finishes for Canton and Avon athletes at the Shoreline Coaches meet.

For Avon, Rachael Rosow finished fourth in the 3,200 meters in 11:45.25 while Molly Hamel was sixth in 11:58.10. Hamel also finished seventh in the 1,600 meters in 5:34.12. Caroline Reindeiro took seventh in the high jump with a leap of 4-foot-8.

Avon’s sprint medley relay team of Stephanie Koo, Jennifer Koo, Maddi McHugh and Rosow finished fourth in 5:34.12 while the 4×200 relay team of Jennifer Koo, Tara Shayler, Karina Bucci and Alex Johnson finished 10th in 1:59.25.

Colin Ponzani had the only top 10 finish for the Avon boys, taking fifth in the 1000 meters in 2:47.03.

For Canton, Julian Franklin was seventh in the high jump (5-4) and ninth in the long jump (18-8). Deryk Parsons was seventh in the long jump (19-0) with Jim Spatcher eighth in the 300 meters in a field of over 50 competitors in 38.82. Keith Wilson took fifth in the 55 hurdles with a time of 8.62 seconds.

Canton’s 4×400 meter relay team of Wilson, Keith Goeben, Jake Neely and Spatcher finished fourth in 3:44.06.

2013 Shoreline Coaches Track and Field Invitational results

Spatcher, Graziano, Franklin win at NCCC Developmental

NEW HAVEN, Jan. 4 — At the NCCC Developmental meet, Jim Spatcher won two events for Canton. Spatcher won the 600 meters in 1:32.09, nipping teammate Keith Wilson by a second, and won the 300 meters in 38.67.

Julian Franklin won the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 9.25 inches. Teammate Deryk Parsons was third with 18-03.25 feet. Matt Graziano won the shot with a throw of 44-9 feet.

Keith Wilson was second in the 55 meter hurdles in 8.80 while Matt Demarco finished third in the 1,000 meters in 2:56. James Yost was third in the 1,600 meters (5:04.22) while Dean Yost and David Benedetti finished second and third, respectively in the 3,200 meters. Franklin took second in the high jump with a leap of 5-2.

For the Canton girls, Sarah Allen was second in the high jump (4-8), third in the long jump (14-6) and fourth in the 55 hurdles (9.87).

Avon’s Maddi McHugh, Kristen Goldie, Sarah Stokesbury, Rachael Rosow and Caroline Rendeiro each won events for Avon at the NCCC Developmental meet. McHugh won the 1,000 meters in 3:26.80 and Rendeiro won the high jump with a leap of 4-feet-10 inches.

Rosow and Molly Hamel finished first and second, respectively, in the 3,200 meters with times of 11:51.90 and 11:53.70. In the 1,600 meters, Goldie and Hamel finished first and second, respectively, with times of 5:42 and 5:45.11. And in the 600 meters, Stokesbury and Amanda Holzman were first and second, respectively, with times of 1:48.23 and 1:48.31.

Tara Shayler and Stephanie Koo were second and third in the 55 meters with times of 8.02 and 8.12 seconds. Jade Yen was second in the shot with a throw of 29-9 feet.

No team scores were kept at the NCCC meet.

NCCC Developmental results, January 2013

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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