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Graziano wins discus, Canton wins Small Division title at O’Grady Relays – The Collinsville Press
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Graziano wins discus, Canton wins Small Division title at O’Grady Relays

Canterbury CDANBURY, April 27 – Canton High senior Matt Graziano won in the discus with a throw of 173 feet, four inches and took third in the shot put with a throw of 47 feet, 1 inch to lead the Canton boys track and field team to the Small Division title at the 33rd O’Grady Relays in Danbury Saturday. 

Canton finished seventh overall in a field that included Danbury, Staples-Westport, Wethersfield, Darien and Simsbury. Canton slipped past Nonnewaug and Weston, 78-74 in the Small Division race with Shelton a distant fourth with 52 points. 

Canton sophomore Cameron Daley finished eighth in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 42.7 seconds while teammate Keith Loureiro was 13th in 44.55 seconds. 

The only other top 20 performances came from Julian Franklin, who had the third best triple jump leap in school history with a leap of 40-1 feet, about five inches short of the school record set in 2011 by David Kucia. 

Two relay teams did well. The 1,600 meter sprint relay team (Keith Goeben, Colin Martin, Keith Wilson, Matt DeMarco) was fourth overall with a time of 3:45.20. The 4×200 meter relay team (Cameron Daley, Keith Loureiro, Keith Goeben, Colin Martin) was sixth overall with a time of 1:36.53. 

Canton (6-0) travels to Somers on Wednesday. The Warriors have won 33 straight dual meets.

On the girls side, Canton’s Alex Martin set a new school record in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 50.19 seconds, good enough for 10th place in the event. Martin snapped her own record of 50.62 seconds set a year at the Class S championship meet. 

Sarah Allen was 13th in the triple jump with a leap of 29 feet, 11½ inches. Lucy Tanner was 13th in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 50.70, the third best time in school history. Anna Waite finished 19th in the javelin with a throw of 80 feet. 

Canton’s 1,600 sprint medley relay team (Lucy Tanner, Alex Martin, Jenna Janssen, Eliza Chekas) was eighth overall with a time of 4:40.31. 

As a team, the Canton girls were 22nd overall and eighth in the Small Division. The Canton girls (3-5) face Somers on the road on Wednesday.

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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