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Canton boys win 3rd straight Small Division title at O’Grady Relays

Track logo DSC_1740DANBURY, April 25 – The Canton High track and field program isn’t afraid to see where they stand with the larger schools in the state. For the fourth consecutive year, the Warriors participated at the Dan O’Grady Relays in Danbury along some of the top track and field programs in the state. 

For the third straight year, the Canton boys won the Small Division championship, sparked by Will Briggs, who captured the discus event with a throw of 136 feet, three inches, beating Bloomfield’s Chris Rose by more than three feet. 

On the girls side, Lucy Tanner finished second in the 300 hurdles for the second straight year as the Warriors took ninth in the small division and 19th overall – its best overall finish since Canton began attending this event five years ago in 2012. 

In winning the Small Division, Canton beat some talented teams. With 84½ points, the Warriors beat Weston, which won the Class M indoor title in February, and Sheehan, which captured the Class M outdoor track title last spring. Weston was second with 71 points while Sheehan was fourth with 55 points. Also in the overall meet was traditional track powers Xavier and Simsbury.

Aside from the traditional running relay events, team competitors come together at the 35th annual O’Grady Relays to compete in field events. Usually, the top three finishes from each school score points for their respective team score. 

Cam Daley had a pair of top 10 finishes for Canton. He was second in the 300 hurdles in 42.25 seconds, less than a second behind Alessandro Ripari of New Fairfield in 41.30. Daley also took fourth in the javelin with a throw of 141-10 feet. 

John Solomon took third in the 300 hurdles in 43.19, just 0.94 of a second behind Daley for second place. As a team, the Warriors took second in the 300 hurdle relay behind New Fairfield. 

Will Carlson took sixth in the javelin with a throw of 133 feet, one inch while Stephen Oliver tied for 10th place in the pole vault with a leap of 9 feet, 3 inches. Canton’s distance medley team (Nico Tucillo, Augie Shaw, James Yost and Dean Yost) finished sixth in 11:16.08. 

The boys were also third in the javelin team results and fourth in the discus team results. 

Tanner lost in the 300 hurdles despite her time of 48.83 seconds. Ridgefield’s Josephine Simon was a bit faster taking the race in 48.67 seconds.  Tanner also ran on Canton’s 4×200 girls relay team with Chloe Gucciardi, Amber Harraden and Emily Mitchell that finished third with a time of 1:55.23 seconds. 

Canton’s girls 2,000 meter steeplechase team finished fourth, led by Jocelyn Rossitto, a member of the three-person team. 

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