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Canton boys win Small Division title at O’Grady Relays

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DANBURY – For the second straight year, the Canton High boys track and field team captured the Small Division championship at the Dan O’Grady Relays in Danbury on Saturday.

The Warriors won the 1,000 meter sprint medley (Swedish) relay and were second in the 300 meter hurdle relay and the mixed 800 sprint relay. Canton took third in the discus relay and in the 4×100 relay. Canton outlasted Holy Cross, 75-66 to win the Small Division title with Bloomfield taking third with 64½ points.

A year ago, Canton beat Nonnewaug and Weston by four points to win the first-ever Small Division championship.

On the girls side, Canton was second in the 4×100 shuttle relay and third in the 4×200 relay. The Warriors finished fourth in the Small Division.

Thirty teams competed in the two-day event. Overall, the Danbury High boys were the winner of the 34th annual event with 93 points. Wethersfield, with 45½ points, was a distant second. Simsbury was 10th with 22 points while Canton was 14th with 20 points. In the girls event, Simsbury won with 66½ points. The Canton girls were 25th in the overall field.

In the boys events, Canton captured the 1,000 meter sprint medley relay (Swedish) with Wyatt Campbell, Colin Martin, Matt Pickett and Jake Dupre completing their race in 2:03.79, beating Danbury by four seconds. Pomperaug and Newtown were third and fourth, respectively. In this race, the leadoff runner runs 100 meters, the second runner runs 200 meters with the third runner races for 300 meters. The anchor runner runs 400 meters.

Canton (5-0, 5-0 NCCC) was second in the 300 meter hurdles relay behind Danbury. The Warriors were led by Keith Wilson, who was third in the individual competition with a time of 41.79 seconds. Cam Daley was 18th with a time of 45.62.

Canton’s 4×100 relay team of Campbell, Daley, Martin and Wilson, was third behind Danbury and Weston with a time of 45.47 seconds.

In the discus, Devin Glasson led Canton with a throw of 107 feet, 4 inches, good enough for 14th in the individual competition. John Graziano (104-7) and Will Briggs (100-11) finished 18th and 23rd, respectively for the Warriors.

Glasson was also 10th in the shot for the Warriors with a throw of 42 feet, 3 inches.

In the girls competition, Canton’s Lucy Tanner was second overall in the 300 hurdles with her time of 49.01 seconds. The event was won by Simsbury’s Stefanie Muller in 47.49.

Canton’s 4×200 relay team of Alex Martin, Lucy Tanner, Emily Mitchell and Amber Harraden was third overall with a time of 1:54.96.

In the 4×100 shuttle relay, Canton’s team of Tanner, Emma Skinner, Julie Ericson and Cassidy Brown was second with a time of 1:13.86.

Canton (2-3, 2-3 NCCC) returns to league competition on Tuesday when the Warriors host East Windsor and Windsor Locks at home.

Complete results: 34th Dan O’Grady Relays

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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