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Canton boys, Avon girls continue to dominate in track

Avon's Carly Regalado, left, leads Canton's Lucy Tanner over the hurdles in the 100 hurdles Tuesday in Canton. Regalado won the race.

Avon’s Carly Regalado, left, leads Canton’s Lucy Tanner over the hurdles in the 100 hurdles Tuesday in Canton. Regalado won the race.

CANTON – Two juggernaut track and field programs continued on their march toward the upcoming NCCC championship in late May at Granby High School. In likely their final dual meet, the Canton High boys track squad won 14 of 18 events with a dominant 113-37 win over Avon Tuesday and a 136-14 rout of East Granby.

Four-time defending league champion Canton (6-0, 6-0 NCCC) has now won 57 consecutive dual meets dating back to the last week of the 2010 season. Avon is leaving the North Central Connecticut Conference in June and will begin competing in the Central Connecticut Conference in September.

In the girls meet, defending league champion Avon captured 13 of 18 events and rolled to a 109-41 decision over undermanned Canton and a 132-18 win over East Granby. The Falcons (8-0, 8-0 NCCC) have won 39 straight dual meets dating back to the middle of the 2012 season.

The Canton boys had a balanced effort across the board Tuesday, sweeping all three relay races. Junior John Solomon and sophomore Dustin Van Kirk each won three individual events. 

Canton's John Solomon won three events and took second in a fourth at Tuesday's dual meet with Avon in Canton.

Canton’s John Solomon won three events and took second in a fourth at Tuesday’s dual meet with Avon in Canton.

Solomon outdueled teammate Matt Pickett by 0.20 of a second to win the 200 meters, beat teammate Dustin Van Kirk by less than a second in the 300 hurdles and won the high jump with a jump of 5-6. Van Kirk won the long jump, triple jump and outdueled Solomon to win the 110 hurdles by less than a second.

James Yost swept the 800 and 1,600 meters while Stephen Olivier had a new personal best jump of 10 feet to win the pole vault.

Canton’s 76-point victory was the most lopsided meet in the 11-year history of the series. The Falcons won by 72 points in 2008. The Warriors look to be challenged by Suffield at home on May 12 and at Ellington on May 19 in the final dual meet of the regular season.

It was the first loss of the season for Avon, now 7-1. Andrew Blackmore won the 100 meters and was third in the 200 meters. Andrew Suter won the 3,200 meters and was second in the 1,600 meters. Geoff Kirk had a fine day in the field, sweeping the javelin and shot put. Blackmore beat Tuccillo at the finish in the 100, winning by 0.1 of a second.

On the girls side, Avon junior Carly Regalado had an outstanding day, winning two individual events, running on a winning relay and taking second in the triple jump. Regalado had two impressive wins over Canton’s Lucy Tanner in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles races. Both will be contenders for the league championship in the two events.

Avon's Emma Schweitzer, left, leans and just beats Canton's Lucy Tanner in the final leg of the 4x100 meter relay.

Avon’s Emma Schweitzer, left, leans and just beats Canton’s Lucy Tanner in the final leg of the 4×100 meter relay.

While the foundation of this Falcon team is with their runners, Avon (8-0) is getting outstanding contributions from their field athletes. Freshman Carly Carpino swept the long jump and triple jump while Jade Yen won the shot and was second in the javelin behind teammate Syndey Chatfield.

Avon swept the top three spots in the pole vault with Kaely Quiano taking first with a jump of 9-0, sister Kieley Quijano taking second at 8-6 and teammate Audrey Worth taking third.

On the track, senior Molly Hamel swept the 1,600 and 3,200 meters while Jennifer Koo won the 400. Tara Shayler was second in the 100 and 200 meters while Rachael Martin took second the 1,600 and 3,200 meters. The Falcons swept all three relays, capturing the 4×100, 4×800 and 4×400.

Avon will have a big meet against Ellington and Suffield on May 5 and travels to face Granby on May 12.

Canton (7-1) is limited with about a dozen athletes – which limits what they can do against a larger, deeper team such as Avon. But Canton looked sharp with the athletes they had.

Canton sophomore Emily Mitchell swept the 100 and 200 meters and took second in the long jump. Abby Briggs won the 800 meters while Mia Tuccillo captured the discus event.

BOYS RESULTS
Canton 113, Avon 47
Canton 136, East Granby 14
Avon 102, East Granby 37
At Canton
4×100: Canton (Nico Tuccillo, Cam Daley, Matt Pickett, Bradley Connelly) 46.0, Avon 48.5
4×800: Canton (James Yost, Dean Yost, Max Sparks, Aiden O’Donnell) 9:42.6, Avon 9:59.5
100: Andrew Blackmore (A) 12.1, Nico Tuccillo (C) 12.2, Matthew Pickett (C) 12.3
200: John Solomon (C) 24.24, Matt Pickett (C) 24.44, Andrew Blackmore (A) 25.44
400: Nico Tuccillo (C) 54.3, Bradley Connolly (C) 56.7, Noah O’Leary (C) 56.8
800: James Yost (C) 2:06.4, Greg Oberhausen (A) 2:08.5, Zach Bortoff (A) 2:10.0
1,600: James Yost (C) 4:44.8, Andrew Suter (A) 4:51.8, Dean Yost (C) 5:01.8
3,200: Andrew Suter (A) 10:40.23, Dean Yost (C) 10:47.50, Aidan O’Donnell (C) 11:03.1
110 hurdles: Dustin Van Kirk (C) 16.83, John Solomon (C) 17.50, Robert Glassman (EG) 17.79
300 hurdles: John Solomon (C) 44.3, Dustin Van Kirk (C) 45.4, Robert Glassman (EG) 46.8
Discus: Will Briggs (C) 131-1, Liam Golfin (C) 101-1, Troy Marin (EG) 100
Javelin: Geoff Kirk (A) 157-2, Will Briggs (C) 134-1, Troy Marin (EG) 129-5
Shot: Geoff Kirk (A) 43-7½, Ian LaClair (C) 41-10, Keegan Toland (C) 41-01
High jump: John Solomon (C) 5-6, Matt Gondek (A) 5-4, Will Briggs (C) 5-0
Long jump: Dustin Van Kirk (C) 19-1, Zach Kolaczenko (EG) 18-0, Tafari Anderson (EG) 17-7
Triple jump: Dustin Van Kirk (C) 37-11, Mason Love (A) 34-2, Matt Gondek (A) 33-6
Pole vault: Stephen Oliver (C) 10-0, Aidan McCue (C) 9-0, Andy Zhao (A) 8-6
4×400: Canton (Nico Tuccillo, Bradley Connelly, James Yost, Augden Shaw) 3:44.58, Avon 3:57.69, East Granby 4:03.28, Canton B
Records: Canton 6-0, Avon 7-1

GIRLS RESULTS
Avon 109, Canton 41

Avon 132, East Granby 18
Canton 79, East Granby 57
At Canton
4×100: Avon (Emma Schweitzer, Karina Bucci, Michaela Marcus, Tara Shayler) 52.5, Canton 53.0
4×800: Avon (Hannah Carpino, Ryley Higgins, Jennifer Koo, Ally Kolb) 11:02.8, East Granby 11:51.9
100: Emily Mitchell (C) 12.7, Tara Shayler (A) 13.0, Brittania Tulloch (EG) 13.2
200: Emily Mitchell (C) 28.53, Tara Shayler (A) 28.85, Carly Carpino (A) 29.08
400: Jennifer Koo (A) 1:04.1, Morgan Bearth (EG) 1:05.8, Chloe Gucciardi (C) 1:06.3
800: Abby Briggs (C) 2:35.6, Ryley Higgins (A) 2:42.6, Hannah Carpino (A) 2:45.9
1600: Molly Hamel (A) 5:31.5, Rachael Martin (A) 5:43.5, Jocelyn Rossitto (C) 5:46.6
3200: Molly Hamel (A) 11:50, Rachael Martin (A) 12:16, Christina Martin (A) 12:25
100 hurdles: Carly Regalado (A) 17.30, Lucy Tanner (C) 17.48, Emma Skinner (C) 18.33
300 hurdles: Carly Regalado (A) 49.5, Lucy Tanner (C) 50.6, Jordin Comstock (EG) 52.0
Discus: Mia Tuccillo (C) 68-10, Oliva Hart (A) 64-9½, Hannah Dumas (EG) 64-9
Javelin: Syndey Chatfield (A) 77-3, Jade Yen (A) 73-10, Casey (EG) 72-7
Shot: Jade Yen (A) 27-10, Oliva Hart (A) 26-0, Ahsha Davis (A) 25-10½
Long jump: Carly Carpino (A) 16-4, Emily Mitchell (C) 14-8, Tara Shayler (A) 14-3
Triple jump: Carly Carpino (A) 32-3, Carly Regalado (A) 30-0, Kaely Quijano (A) 29-7
High jump: Lucy Tanner (C) 4-4 (less misses), Kaleigh Sherman (A) 4-4, Emma Schweitzer (A) and Sydney Geer (EG) 4-2
Pole vault: Kaely Quijano (A) 9-0, Kieley Quijano (A) 8-0, Audrey Worth (A) 8-0
4×400: Avon (Jennifer Koo, Shilpa Donde, Ally Kolb, Carly Regalado) 4:25.62, East Granby 4:31.62, Canton 4:42.49
Records: Avon 8-0, Canton 5-1

 

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.

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