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Unofficially, Graziano sets new state record in discus

Canton High senior Matt Graziano

Canton’s Matt Graziano

ELLINGTON, April 16 – It may not stand up as an official state record but Canton High senior Matt Graziano demonstrated Tuesday that the oldest mark in Connecticut’s high school track and field record book will be threatened this spring.

Graziano threw the discus 191 feet and seven inches in a three-team meet at Ellington against the Purple Knights and Granby. If it stands, it would exceed the state record of 189 feet, 1 inches set back in 1969 by Melmoth Taylor of Hartford Public at the Greater Hartford Invitational.

The throw by Graziano was measured by the event official and re-measured by the meet director. Graziano, the defending State Open and New England champion, will have an opportunity to compete in large meets at the Dan O’Grady Relays in Danbury on April 27 and the Greater Hartford Invitational in Simsbury on May 11.

Graziano helped Canton (6-0) remain undefeated with a 96-54 win over Granby and a 82-66 win over Ellington. The Warriors have won a school record 31 straight dual meets dating back to the 2011 campaign. It was the first loss of the season for Ellington (5-1). Suffield is third in the league at 4-1-1.

On the girls side, Granby remained undefeated at 5-0 with a 104-44 decision over Canton and a 100-46 win over Ellington. Canton (2-4) fell to Ellington, 72-63.

The Avon High girls track and field team remained undefeated (5-0) Tuesday with a 112-34 win over Enfield. The Avon boys slipped to 2-3 with a close 68-61 loss to the Raiders.

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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