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Two relays, five individuals earn top 10 finishes at Irv Black Invitational

NEW BRITAIN – Two Avon High track and field relay teams finished third at the ninth annual Irv Black Invitational Saturday at Willow Brook Stadium while five individual Falcons finished in the top 10 of their respective events. 

No team scores were kept but it was a competitive field of athletes at the meet from schools such as New Britain, Bloomfield, Xavier-Middletown, Bloomfield, Staples-Westport, Northwest Catholic and Glastonbury. 

Avon’s 4×800 relay team of Molly Hamel, Amanda Holtzman, Maddi McHugh and Sara Stokesbury finished third with a time of 9:49.64. The Falcons’ 800 meter sprint medley relay team of Stephanie Koo, Emma Schweitzer, Tara Shayler and McHugh also finished third with a time of 2:04.00 

In the individual events, Cory DiBacco finished seventh in the 400 meters with a time of season-best time of 52.66. Molly Hamel was seventh in the 3,200 meters with a time of season-best time of 11:50.22 and Alannah Noonan took seventh in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.97 seconds. McHugh finished eighth in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:22.83, the best time so far this season in the NCCC. 

Jake Sartain grabbed a pair of top 10 finishes with season-best performances. He was ninth in the triple jump with a leap of 42 feet and 10th in the long jump with a mark of 20 feet, 1 inch. 

Allen breaks school record
CANTON – The school record held by Canton’s Lucy Tanner in the 100 hurdles lasted just a week. Tanner’s teammate Sarah Allen established a new school record of 17.4 seconds in Tuesday’s dual meet win over Somers. 

Upcoming challenges
The Avon High girls track team has a big meet on Tuesday when they travel to Stafford to face Granby and the host Bulldogs. Avon and Granby are both 9-0 on the season while Stafford is 8-1. 

Canton faces Suffield and Bolton on Tuesday. The Canton boys are 9-0 and have won 34 straight dual meets. Canton will compete in the Greater Hartford Invitational on Saturday, May 11 at Simsbury High.

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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