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Avon girls take home another trophy from Haddad Windham Invitational

WILLIMANTIC – For the second time in three years, the Avon High girls cross country team won a championship at the Haddad Windham Invitational.

The Falcons finished in the girls varsity II race Saturday by placing five girls in the top 22. Senior Molly Hamel won the 3.1 mile race in 19:37. Christina Martin was eighth in 20:27 while Ryley Higgins was 12th in 21:03. Rounding out the top five was Kristen Goldie (18), Rachel Martin (21) and Gabriella Colletti (22).

Avon outlasted E.O. Smith by a margin of 60-72. Avon didn’t compete in the race a year ago but won the girls varsity II race in 2012, led by Rachael Rosow, who the race. Hamel, then a sophomore, was third that year. 

The Avon High boys finished sixth in the boys varsity II race. Andrew Suter led the Falcons in 10th place with a time of 17:33. Senior James Grant finished 28th in 18:26 while Jack Stokesbury was the first freshman in the race in 34th place.

Granby also ran at the race. The Bears were fifth in the boys varsity III race led by senior Don Jacobs, who finished 22nd in 17:50. Granby’s Emma Sheahan was 20th overall in the girls varsity III race.

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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