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Daley surges on day 2 to finish 6th in decathlon; Mueller takes 4th in heptathlon

Canton's Cam Daley set a new school record in the CIAC decathlon Wednesday.

Canton’s Cam Daley set a new school record in the CIAC decathlon Wednesday.

NEW LONDON, June 18 – Canton’s Keith Wilson was in fourth place after six events in the CIAC decathlon Wednesday at the Coast Guard Academy. Wilson had just taken third place in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.73 seconds.

But the decathlon tests competitors in many ways. Wilson couldn’t quite maintain his performance in the discus or javelin as he finished eighth overall in the decathlon with 5,355 points, exceeding the previous school record set by David Kucia (5,289) in 2011.

Teammate Cam Daley came on strong in day two. In tenth place after the first five events on Tuesday, Daley turned in solid performances in the discus and javelin to slip past Wilson and finish sixth with a school record total of 5,385 points. Fitch’s Tyler Latham won the decathlon with 6,304 points with Foran’s Nick Griswold taking second with 5,749 points.

On the girl side, Simsbury’s Stephanie Mueller took fourth in the heptathlon, moving up one spot after day 1. Her second place finish in the 800 meters helped Mueller move up.

Canton’s Alex Martin set a new school record in the heptathlon with 2,970 points, good enough for 25th place. Lucy Tanner was 26th with 2,942 points.

On Wednesday, Daley was eighth in the 110 hurdles, sixth in the discus, 11th in the pole vault, sixth in the discus and tenth in the 1,500 meters. Wilson was third in the 110 hurdles but slipped to 27th overall in the discus and 16th in the javelin. He was 11th in the pole vault – both Wilson and Daley cleared 9 feet, ¼ inch. Wilson was seventh in the 1,500 meters. Thirty-two athletes qualified to compete on day 2.

Avon’s Jake Sartain also competed on day two and finished 30th with 4,008 points. His best finish was 24th in the 110 hurdles. He was hurt by scoring no points in the pole vault when he couldn’t clear the opening height. Canton’s Devin Glasson finished 46th. He scored 2,237 points on day one but wasn’t among the top 32 to compete on day two.

Simsbury's Stefanie Mueller took fourth in the CIAC heptathlon.

Simsbury’s Stefanie Mueller took fourth in the CIAC heptathlon. (Photo courtesy Michael Cohen via Twitter).

Mueller had a good day on Wednesday. She was sixth in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 3¼ inches and 15th in the javelin. She surged in the final event, the 400 meters, taking second with a time of 2:30.75. Mueller finished with 3,892 points.

Branford’s Anna Atkinson won the event with 4,091 points while Hillhouse’s Jaliyah White was second with 4,062 points. St. Paul’s Jillian Kilmer was third with 3,916 points.

Martin was 25th for Canton and had her best performance Wednesday in the javelin, taking 14th with a throw of 72-10. Tanner finished 26th overall. Her best performance came in the javelin taking 24th place. Amber Harraden was 29th overall with her best performance coming in the javelin with a seventh place throw (86 feet, 7 inches.)

In the boys 2,000 meter steeplechase, Avon’s Collin Pritchard finished ninth with a time of 7:02.93. Andrew Suter was 19th in 7:21.56. Canton’s Ethan Porter was 24th in 7:27.54 while Zach Oliver was 25th in 7:27.79.

 

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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