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Avon’s Molly Hamel takes 2nd in 3,200 meters at Class L indoor championships

Avon High senior Molly Hamel has won four dual meets this fall.

Avon High senior Molly Hamel was second in the 3,200 meters at the Class L indoor track championships.

NEW HAVEN, Feb. 13 – A week ago, Avon’s Molly Hamel set a new indoor track school record in the 3,200 meters winning at the Last Chance Invitational with a time of 11:14.83 seconds. Unfortunately, Hamel didn’t have the same spring in her step at the Class L girls indoor track and field championships at the Floyd Little Athletic Center Friday in New Haven.

Mercy High sophomore Bridgid Selfors had her best time of the season to beat Hamels. Selfors won the 3,200 meters in 11:19.64 seconds, 12 seconds than her previous best time two weeks earlier. Amazingly, Selfors had finished fourth in the 1,600 meters about an hour earlier and had passed out. Hamel was second in a time of 11:31.16.

Hamel is the second Avon girl to win a silver medal at the CIAC championships. Brianna Noonan was second in the high jump at the Class M meet in 2011 and two relay teams (4×800 in 2013; sprint medley in 2014) have finished second. The Falcons are still seeking their first indoor track state title

Hamel’s performance helped Avon finish 16th in the field. Wilbur Cross beat Darien by 20 points, 76-56, to win the Class L girls title.

Avon’s Jennifer Koo was sixth in the 600 meters with a time of 1:46.70. Christine Oberhausen set a new indoor school record in the 300 meters with her time of 44.78 seconds. It was good enough for 10th place.

Gabriella Colletti was 10th for the Falcons in the 3,200 meters (1:26.03) while Kristen Goldie was 13th in the 1,600 meters (5:46.71).

The Avon High boys competed in the Class M indoor track and field championships. The Falcons were led by Drew Suter, who was 10th in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:47.27, two seconds off his school record pace of 4:45.9 at the NCCC championships in January.

In the 600 meters, Greg Oberhausen set a new school record with his time of 1:31.17, good enough to finish 15th in the field.

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