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Suffield girls halt Avon’s long winning streak; Avon and Canton boys undefeated

There will be no undefeated this season for the Avon High girls cross country team. Suffield handed the Falcons their first dual meet loss since the 2010 season on Wednesday in Bolton with a 26-30 decision. 

Suffield (6-0) placed four runners in sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth place to edge Avon (5-1) and end their dual meet winning streak at 44 matches. Molly Hamel won the race by 30 seconds in a time of 20:26 and Christina Martin took third in 21:10. Ryley Higgins was fifth overall but there was a gap before Avon’s next runner came across the line in 10th place. 

Avon (5-1) will get another shot at Suffield and a possible fourth straight NCCC championship on Saturday, October 18 at the league championship meet in Windsor Locks. Each team earns one point for each NCCC team they defeat in the dual meet season and one point for each team they beat at the league championship meet. Suffield handed Avon its most recent dual meet loss in October 2010.

On Thursday, Avon, which was ranked 10th in the state in the first state coaches cross country poll, competed at the 27th annual Going to the Sun Invitational at Coginchaug in Durham. Avon didn’t run this race last year but won it in 2012. They were second in 2011. 

Coginchaug had five runners among the first 19 runners in the race to outlast the Falcons, 63-76. Hamel led Avon once again, taking second in 19:00.68, only four seconds off the pace set by Sabrina Chester of Parish Hill. Higgins finished ninth for Avon while Goldie was 20th. Gabriella Colletti (22), Erin McGuire (23) and Christina Martin (24) were bunched together. 

In the junior varsity race, Avon had three of the top four spots led by Risa Lewis, who finished second. Avon won the girls JV championship. 

In other girls cross country news this week, Somers had three runners in the top five and four among the top 10 to slip past Canton and Granby in a four-team meet on Tuesday. Somers (5-0) slipped past Canton, 24-32 and Granby, 24-35. 

Ava Roche won the race for the Spartans beating Canton’s Emily Briggs by 22 seconds. Briggs took second for the second straight week. Jocelyn Rossito (sixth) and Emma Frawey (eighth) finished in the top 10 for Canton, now 4-2. Emma Sheehan led Granby (2-4) with a third place finish while Kathryn Wheeler was seventh. 

Avon remains undefeated
Avon, Canton and Ellington are the three remaining undefeated teams in the NCCC after two weeks of competition. Avon improved to 6-0 with a 24-35 victory over host Bolton, a 19-44 decision over Suffield and a 15-50 shutout of Stafford. 

The Falcons put four runners among the top four Wednesday and five runners among the top 10, led by Colin Prichard, who finished second with a time of 17:54. Bryant St. Jean, Drew Suter, Kurt Goldie and Brett Holtzman won the meet by finishing fifth through eighth place, respectively. 

Avon hosts Canton and East Granby next Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. at Fisher Meadows. 

Canton had four runners among the top five as the Warriors (6-0) beat Granby, Somers and East Windsor at Field Rock Park in Somers. James Yost won his second dual meet of the fall with a 12 second win over his twin brother, Dean. Canton’s Jake Whittingslow finished third while Will Briggs was fifth. 

For the second straight week, Granby (4-2) was led by Jeremy Ray, who was fourth in 17:59 and Daniel Jacobs, who took seventh in 18:37. 

Avon also competed Thursday at the Going to the Sun Invitational. Using primarily their junior varsity runners, the Falcons finished 16th led by Andrew Mascoli, who was 65th in 19:27.95 

Suffield 26, Avon 30
Suffield 15, Bolton 50
Suffield 15, Stafford 50
Avon 15, Bolton 48
Avon 15, Stafford 50
Bolton 17, Stafford 45
Individual results – 1. Molly Hamel (A) 20:26 for 3.1 miles at Bolton, 2. Monqiue Labarre (S) 20:56, 3. Christina Martin (A) 21:10, 4. Lauren Izabel (S) 21:15, 5. Ryley Higgins (A) 21:30, 6. Katie Baker (S) 21:57, 7. Deana Pileika (S) 22:01, 8. Catie Kirschbaum (S) 22:08, 8. Nina Begley (S) 22:17, 10. Kristen Goldie (A) 22:25
Records: Suffield 6-0, Avon 5-1, Bolton 4-2, Stafford 1-4 

Somers 24, Canton 32
Somers 24, Granby 35
Somers 15, East Windsor 50
Canton 25, Granby 30
Canton 15, East Windsor 50
Granby 15, East Windsor 50
At Somers
Individual results – 1. Ava Roche (S) 21:47 for 3.1 miles at Field Rock Park, Somers, 2. Emily Briggs (C) 22:09, 3. Emma Sheehan (G) 22:17, 4. Mary Baumann (S) 22:33, 5. Ashlie Delskey (S) 22:48, 6. Jocelyn Rossitto (C) 23:05, 7. Kathryn Wheeler (G) 25:03, 8. Emma Frawley (C) 25:04, 9. Kennedy Baggot (G) 26:07, 10. Erin Eastwood (S) 26:11
Records: Somers 5-0, Canton 4-2, Granby 2-4, East Windsor 0-5 

27th Going to the Sun Invitational
At Durham
Top teams – 1. Coginchaug 63, 2. Avon 76, 3. East Hampton 115, 4. Old Saybrook 125, 5. Portland 130
Individual results – 1. Sabrina Chester, Parish Hill, 18:56.94 for 3.1 miles at Durham, 2. Molly Hamel, Avon, 19:00.68, 3. Sam Drop, Coginchaug, 19:24.90, 4. Sydney Georgaden, East Hampton 19:41.47, 5. Brooke Townsend, Portland, 20:01.69
Other Avon results – 9. Ryley Higgins 20:38.63, 20. Kristen Goldie 21:22.45, 22. Gabriella Colletti 21:28.80, 23. Erin McGuire 21:38.09, 24. Christina Martin 21:40.66, 27. Rachel Martin 21:56.37 

Avon 24, Bolton 35
Avon 19, Suffield 44
Avon 15, Stafford 50
Bolton 21, Suffield 35
Bolton 16, Stafford 43
Suffield 16, Stafford 39
At Bolton
Individual results – 1. T. Chambers (B) 17:41 for 3.1 miles at Bolton, 2. Colin Pritchard (A) 17:54, 3. J. Walch (S) 18:01, 4. C. Cassello (B) 18:05, 5. Bryant St. Jean (A) 18:08, 6. Drew Suter (A) 18:26, 7. Kurt Goldie (A) 18:50, 8. Brett Holtzman (A) 18:52, 9. S. Fisher (B) 18:57, 10. Greg Oberhausen (A) 19:12
Records: Avon 6-0, Bolton 4-2, Suffield 2-4, Stafford 1-4 

Canton 18, Granby 37
Canton 16, Somers 43
Canton 15, East Windsor 48
Granby 21, Somers 38
Granby 15, East Windsor 48
Somers 17, East Windsor 45
Individual results – 1. James Yost (C) 17:28 for 3.1 miles at Field Rock Park, Somers, 2. Dean Yost (C) 17:40, 3. Jake Whittingslow (C) 17:54, 4. Jeremy Ray (G) 17:59, 5. Will Briggs (C) 18:02, 6. Cameron Scott (S) 18:21, 7. Daniel Jacobs (G) 18:37, 8. Zach Oliver (C) 18:45, 9. William Rice (G) 18:47, 10. Jacob Berry-Parker (S) 18:56
Records: Canton 6-0, Granby 4-2, Somers 3-2, East Windsor 1-5


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 35 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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