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Track: Avon girls remain unbeaten, await showdown with Granby (9-0)

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Avon’s Stephanie Koo won three individual events and ran on a winning 4×100 relay team.

AVON – The Avon High girls track and field team remained undefeated Tuesday with two easy victories over East Granby, 111-27 and Suffield, 102-48. The Falcons won 11 events including all three relays to improve to 9-0 and extended their dual meet win streak to 15 in a row.

It sets up a battle with undefeated Granby (9-0) on Tuesday at Stafford High.

The winner will likely finish the dual meet portion of the season undefeated. To determine a league champion, teams earn one point for each dual meet victory and for every team they beat at the league championship meet on May 21 at Coventry. 

Don’t overlook the home team, either. Stafford is 8-1 on the season.

Against East Granby and Suffield, Stephanie Koo won three events – the 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters. She also ran on a winning 4×100 meter relay team. Alannah Noonan (100 hurdles), Maddi McHugh (1,600), Sara Stokesbury (800), Molly Hamel (3,200), Jamie Lepito (shot), Caroline Reindero (high jump) and Maeve Reiss (triple jump) each won individual events.

Koo, Karina Bucci, Tara Shayler and Emma Schweitzer won the 4×100 relay. Stokesbury, Hamel, McHugh and Amanda Holtzman won the 4×800 relay while Stokesbury, Jennifer Koo, Colleen Norton and Shayler won the 4×400 relay.

In the boys event, Avon improved to 6-3 with a narrow 75-73 win over Suffield and a 116-21 decision over East Granby.

The Falcons won all three relays and had individual victories from Jake Sartain (long jump, triple jump), Cory DiBacco (200, 400), Colin Ponzani (800) and Avik Muralidhasen (110 hurdles).

DiBacco, Ponzani, Ben Crawford and Zach Zweibel won the 4×400 relay for Avon while Crawford, Ponzani, Bryce Bottomly and Adam Helmy won the 4×800 relay. Avon’s team of Evan Edgar, Sartain, R.J. Reed and Zweibel won the 4×100 relay, beating Suffield by less than a second. Avon also won the 4×800 relay over Suffield by less than a second.

In the 200 meters, DiBacco beat Suffield’s Jarvis Miller by 0.03 of a second to help ensure the Avon victory.

Full dual meet results

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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