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Track: Avon girls outlast Granby to remain undefeated; Avon boys sweep

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Avon’s Jake Sartain won three events against Stafford and Granby on Tuesday.

STAFFORD, May 7 – In a showdown between three of the top girls track and field teams in the NCCC, Avon remained undefeated with a narrow six-point win over Granby, 74½ to 68½ and a victory over host Stafford, 109-43. 

Avon and Granby both came into the meet undefeated while Stafford had just one loss. Avon (11-0, 11-0 NCCC) won five individual events and all three relay races to secure its 16th straight dual meet win and 15th consecutive NCCC victory. Granby (11-1, 10-1 NCCC) suffered its first loss of the season despite victories in five individual events and a pair of wins from freshman Cassandra Miller in the 200 meters and 300 hurdles. 

To determine a league champion, teams earn one point for each NCCC team they beat in the dual meet portion of the schedule and one point for each team they beat at the NCCC championship meet on Tuesday, May 21 at Coventry High. 

The Avon boys improved to 8-3 with a pair of wins over Granby, 82-70 and Stafford, 99-44. Jake Sartain swept the three jumping events – capturing the high jump, triple jump and long jump. 

In the girls race, there were close races all over the track. In the 1,600 meters, Avon picked up an additional two points when McHugh beat Granby’s Ashley Piccarillo to win the 1,600 meters by a second or two. In the 800 meters, it was Avon’s Sara Stokesbury beating Piccarillo by less than a second for another two points. Race winners earn five points while the second place finisher earns their team three points. 

In the 400 meters, Avon’s Stephanie Koo beat Granby’s Cynthia Jones by a second to earn an additional two points. 

McHugh had a busy afternoon winning the 1,600 meters, running on the winning 4×800 and 4×400 relay teams and racing in the 800 meters. Molly Hamel (3,200), Maeve Reiss (triple jump) and Carolyn Rendeiro (high jump) picked up victories for the Falcons. Rendeiro and Erin Sherman finished first and second in the high jump, picking up key points for the Falcons. 

In the boys competition., Sartain won three events for the Falcons while Cory DiBacco (400), Colin Ponzani (800) and Justin Alessio (1,600) ran for victories.

Avon also swept the 4×800 and 4×400 relays. Alessio, Connor Wise, Mike Oberhausen and Adam Helmy easily beat Granby by over 1:22 in the 4×800. Zach Zwibel, Ben Crawford, Ponzani and DiBacco ran on the winning 4×400 relay team. 

Avon (8-3, 8-3 NCCC) used its depth to earn the win with second place finishes in 10 of the 17 events, including two by J.R. Reid in the long jump and 100 meters, just 0.11 off the winning pace set by Granby’s Nicholas Richards in 11.7 seconds.

Richards swept the 100 and 200 meters for Granby (8-5, 8-4 NCCC) while Alex Uhl (pole vault), Ian Downey (javelin) and Kevin Baks (3,200) each won individual events. 

GIRLS
Avon 74½, Granby 68½
Avon 109, Stafford 43
Granby 90, Stafford 59
At Stafford
4×100: 1. Avon (Tara Shayler, Emma Schweitzer, Jennifer Koo, Karina Bucci) 52.24, 2. Stafford 53.43, 3. Granby 58.02
4×800: 1. Avon (Ryley Higgins, Molly Hamel, Sara Stokesbury, Maddi McHugh) 9:51, 2. Granby 9:54
100: 1. Stephanie Koo (A) 13.1, 2. Murray (S) 13.1, 3. Cassandra Miller (G) 13.7
200: 1. Cassandra Miller (G) 27.5, 2. Tara Shayler (A), 3. Jasmine Murray (S)
400: 1. Amanda Jacobsen (S) 1:02, 2. Stephanie Koo (A) 1:04, 3. Cynthia Jones (G) 1:05
800: 1. Sara Stokesbury (A) 2:34.4, 2. Ashley Piccarillo (G) 2:35, 3. Cynthia Jones (G) 2:38
1,600: 1. Maddi McHugh (A) 5:30, 2. Ashley Piccarillo (G) 5:30, 3. Molly Hamel (A) 5:40
3,200: 1. Molly Hamel (A) 12:04, 2. Alexa Cipkas (G), 3. Ryley Higgins (A)
100 hurdles: 1. Marianna Sticca (G) 16.8, 2. Alannah Noonan (A), 3. Carly Regalado (A)
300 hurdles: 1. Cassandra Miller (G) 27.5, 2. Carly Regalado (A), 3. Maeve Reiss (A)
Long jump: 1. Amanda Jacobsen (S) 14-6¾, 2. Marianna Sticca (G) 14-2 ¾, 3. L. Wutka (G) 13-3½
Triple jump: 1. Maeve Reiss (A) 30-6, 2. Gallison (S) 30-1 ½,3. Rodier (A) 28-9
High jump: 1. Caroline Renderio (A) 5-0, 2. Kayleigh Sherman (A) 4-8, 3. Rachel Gallison (S) 4-6
Discus: 1. Jasmine Murray (S) 95-5½, 2. Anna Fede (G) 83-11½, 3. Emily Uhl (G) 79-9
Shot: 1. Anna Fede (G) 31-0, 2. Emily Uhl (G) 28-7, 3. Celazewicz (S) 27-9
Javelin: 1. Emily Uhl (G) 98-0, 2. Longley (G) 76-11, 3. Sherman (A) 71-6
Pole vault: 1. Amanda Jacobsen (S) 10-0, 2. Kaley Quijano (A) 9-0, 3. A. Noonan (A) and Jamie Moffa (G) 7-6
4×400: 1. Avon (Jennifer Koo, Colleen Norton, Tara Shayler, Maddi McHugh) 4:20.5, 2. Granby 4:33.7
Records: Avon 11-0, 11-0 NCCC, Granby 11-1, 10-1 NCCC, Stafford 8-3, 8-3

BOYS
Avon 82, Granby 70
Avon 99, Stafford 44
Granby 102, Stafford 47
At Stafford
4×100: Granby (Richards, White, Griere, Yankauskas) 45.53, Avon 46.35, Stafford 49.05
4×800: Avon (Justin Alessio, Connor Wise, Mike Oberhausen, Adam Helmy) 8:59.34, Granby 10:21
100: Nicholas Richards (G) 11.7, J.R. Reid (A) 11.81, Yankauskas (G) 12.0
200: Nicholas Richards (G) 23.9, Cory DiBacco (A) 24.7, Edgar (A)
400: Cory DiBacco (A) 52.8, Zach Zweibel (A) 55.8, Seger (G) 56.1
800: Colin Ponzani (A) 2:04.1, Ben Crawford (A), Chicoine (G)
1600: Justin Alessio (A) 4:57, Connor Wise (A) 5:02, Mike Oberhausen (A) 5:05
3200: Kevin Baks (G) 10:55.6, Colin Pritchard (A) 11:04, Andrew Suter (A)
110 hurdles: Evan Cummins (S) 15.2, Tyler Beaupre (G) 19.1, Avik Mauraliharan (A) 18.9
300 hurdles: Tyler Beaupre (G) 46.1, Colin Pritchard (A) 49.5, Grier (G) 49.6
Long jump: Jake Sartain (A) 19-4, J.R. Reid (A) 19-0 ½, Bartoes (G) 18-3

Triple jump: Jake Sartain (A) 40-11½, Evan Edgar (A) 39-8½, Bartoes (G) 38-3½
High jump: Jake Sartain (A) 6-0, Alex Uhl (G) 6-0, Green (S)
Discus: Kalvin Boldin (S) 95-4½, Robertson (S) 87-1, McDermott (G) 85-9
Shot: Kalvin Boldin (S) 39-5, O’Brien (A) 34-3, Sellew (S) 34-0
Javelin: Ian Downey (G) 127-3, Sellew (S) 116-7, Ives (S) 100-11
Pole vault: Alex Uhl (G) 12-0, Lerch (S) 10-6, Bartoes (G)
4×400: Avon (Zach Zweibel, Ben Crawford, Colin Ponzani, Cory DiBacco) 3:46.4, Granby 3:48
Records: Avon 8-3, 8-3 NCCC, Granby 8-5, 8-4 NCCC, Stafford 4-7, 4-7

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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