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Wilson, Canton’s 4×4 relay team earn All-New England honors

Track logo DSC_1740BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Canton senior Keith Wilson and the Warriors’ 4×400 relay team brought home medals from the 69th annual New England track and field championships Saturday at Bridgewater State University.

Wilson finished fifth in the 300 intermediate hurdles while the 4×400 relay team finished sixth in a school-record time of 3:23.94. The top six finishers in each event brought home medals and earned All-New England honors.

Avon’s Jake Sartain finished in the top 10 for the second straight year, taking eighth in the triple jump with a leap of 43 feet, 3½ inches. Simsbury senior Sarah Mattison won a New England title in the 3,200 meters and ran on Simsbury’s 4×800 relay team that earned All-New England honors.

Wilson’s run in the 300 intermediate hurdles capped off a wonderful spring. He won the Class S championship in the event, setting a new school and Class S meet record with his time of 39 seconds. He followed that up with a second place finish (39.50) at the State Open.

At the New England meet, Wilson was fifth with a time of 39.98 in a competitive meet. He was 0.03 behind Irving Johnson of New Bedford, Mass. State Open champion Tyler Latham of Fitch was second in 39.18 seconds, just behind Alec Escholiz of Mt. Mansfield, Vt., in 38.54 seconds.

Wilson was the anchor leg runner on Canton’s 4×400 relay with junior Cam Daley, senior Colin Martin and junior Nico Tuccillo that broke the school record for the second time in three weeks. The team became the first Canton relay team to win a state title with a school record time of 3:24.06 at the Class S championships. The team finished fifth at the State Open in 3:26.84 to earn a bid to the New England meet.

At the New England meet, Canton was sixth overall and the second team from Connecticut. Weston was third in 3:22.84.

Sartain was eighth in the long jump for the second straight year. He won the NCCC championship, was fourth in Class MM and was fifth in the State Open with a season-best leap of 42 feet, 10 inches.

Mattison won the New England title in the 3,200 meters by nearly four seconds with a personal-best time of 10.32.47. She set a new school record, taking nearly 12 seconds off her own record.

Mattison was second in the State Open a week ago behind Staples sophomore Hannah DeBalsi, who won by nearly 20 seconds. Instead of competing at the New England meet this weekend, DeBalsi competed at the New Balance national championship meet in Greensboro, N.C., and won the 3,200 meters by 13 seconds in 10:09.08.

Simsbury's 4x800 relay team that earned All-New England honors by taking sixth. (Photo courtesy Dane Street via Twitter)

Simsbury’s 4×800 relay team that earned All-New England honors by taking sixth. (Photo courtesy Dane Street via Twitter)

Mattison also ran on Simsbury’s 4×800 relay team that earned All-New England honors by finishing sixth with a season-best time of 9:23.27. Abigail Hotaling, Caroline Smith and Sarah Soja ran with Mattison on the team that knocked off five seconds from their time at last week’s State Open.

Avon’s Justin Reichler also competed, taking 14th in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 5 inches. Reichler, who was fourth at the State Open, was the fifth best competitor from Connecticut in the field.

Avon junior Maddi McHugh finished 19th in the 800 meters with a time of 2:20.72. McHugh, who finished second at the State Open in the 800, was the fifth best competitor from Connecticut.

Canton’s Lucy Tanner became the first Canton girl to compete in the New England outdoor track and field championships. She finished 13th in the 300 intermediate hurdles with a time of 47.15 seconds. For the third time in the last month, she lowered her own school record in the event.

Tanner won the 300 hurdles at the NCCC championships with a meet and school record time of 47.34 seconds. She broke the school record again at the Class S meet, taking third in 47.19 seconds. Her sixth place finish at the State Open (47.48) provided Tanner with a berth to the New England championships.

Farmington’s Devon Michaelis earned All-New England honors in the javelin by taking fourth with her throw of 126 feet, 5 inches. Simsbury’s Stephanie Mueller was 15th in the 110 high hurdles in 15.69 while Granby’s Catherine Pinsonwas 19th in the 3,200 meters in 11:33.98.

Farmington’s 4×100 relay team (Will Sinta, James-Heath Ringrose, Evan Ferrigno, Alexis Walker) was 11th in 44.01. Simsbury’s Jacob Melvin participated in the pole vault but failed to clear the opening height.

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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