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Canton boys adjust lineup to beat unbeaten Ellington; Avon girls finish 14-0

Track logo DSC_1740ELLINGTON, May 19 – In the days leading up to Tuesday’s boys track and field meet with undefeated Ellington, Canton High coach Tim O’Donnell was concerned about the running skill that the Purple Knights brought to the track. 

It was that running expertise that has helped Ellington win the last four NCCC indoor track titles and the last three NCCC cross country championships. 

Canton is a strong running team, too. But they also have athletes who have experience on the field side as well.

The Warriors won six field events and three track events as they finished undefeated for the fifth straight season with a 90-60 win over Ellington on Tuesday. Canton also beat East Windsor, 122-28. 

Canton (14-0, 14-0 NCCC) extended its school record winning streak to 64 consecutive dual meets dating back to the 2011 season. Ellington slips to 13-1 with its first loss of the year. 

Canton moves into position to capture its fifth straight league championship at next Tuesday’s NCCC championship meet at Granby High. Teams earn one point for every dual meet victory they achieve and one point for each team they beat at the league championship meet. 

Dustin Van Kirk won two events (110 hurdles, triple jump) and was second in the long jump. James Yost (3,200), Keegan Toland (shot), Bill Briggs (discus), Cam Daley (javelin), John Solomon (high jump) and Stephen Oliver (pole vault) each won individual events. Oliver broke his own school record with a leap of 11 feet, six inches.

Nico Tuccillo was the top runner in the 100 against Ellington and was second in the 400 meters. Daley was second in both hurdles races (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles). Canton swept the top six positions in the shot, had four of the top five in the discus and three of the top five in the javelin. The Warriors swept the top two spots in the high jump and pole vault. 

Canton 90, Ellington 60
Canton 122, East Windsor 28
Ellington 90, East Windsor 60
At Ellington
100: Damieon Russ (EW) 11.53, Nico Tuccillo (C) 11.93, Tucker Rajala (EW) 12.01
200: Damieon Russ (EW) 23.22, Wellington Silva (E) 23.81, Thomas Mackintosh (E) 23.85
400: Thomas Mackintosh (E) 51.40, Nico Tuccillo (C) 52.13, William Broding (E) 53.72
800: Jordan Dixon (E) 2:01.48, Dean Yost (C) 2:03.76, Jonathan Wing (E) 2:04.80
1600: Thomas Arbeiter (E) 4:35.10, David Clavet (E) 4:36.2, Dean Yost (C) 4:36.43
3200: James Yost (C) 9:58.03, David Clavet (E) 9:59.09, Thomast Arbeiter (E) 10:29.79
110 hurdles: Dustin Van Kirk (C) 16.36, Cam Daley (C) 16.78, Jeremy Baouche (E) 17.02
300 hurdles: Jeremy Baouche (E) 41.11, Cam Daley (C) 41.65, Dustin Van Kirk (C) 42.18
4×100: Ellington 46.94, East Windsor, Canton
4×400: Ellington 3:23.87, Canton 3:38.33, Ellington B 3:53.34
4×800: Ellington 8:18.85, Canton 8:25.72
Shot: Keegan Toland (C) 44-6, Shane Toland (C) 44-2, Ian LaClair (C) 41-4
Discus: William Briggs (C) 146-5, Dashaun Steer (EW) 111-0, Kadheim Hunter (EW) 108-2.5
Javelin: Cam Daley (C) 144-10, Will Carlson (C) 131-9.5, Justin Breault (E) 116-4
High jump: John Solomon (C) 5-10, Patrick Lagonigro (C) 5-4, Jordan Jones (EW) 5-2
Pole vault: Stephen Oliver (C) 11-6, Aidan McCue (C) 10-0, Anthony Fernandez (EW) 10-0
Long jump: Wellington Silva (E) 19-2.25, Dustin Van Kirk (C) 18-11.25, Jeremy Baouche (E) 18-2
Triple jump: Dustin Van Kirk (C) 37-2.75, Dameion Russ (EW) 37-0.5, John Solomon (C) 35-3
Records: Canton 14-0, Ellington 13-1 

Avon boys drop final two NCCC duals
COVENTRY, May 19 – Avon’s Geoff Kirk swept the shot, discus and javelin but the Falcons lost to Coventry, 86.5 to 61.5 and Stafford, 78-66 in their final NCCC dual meet. 

The Falcons complete their final season in the NCCC with a record of 9-5. Andrew Suter won the 1,600 and was second in the 3,200 meters. Mason Love (110 hurdles), James Grant (1,600), Zach Bortoff (800), Andy Zhao (pole vault), Dean Zacchio (shot) and Andrew Blackmore (discus) were each second in their respective events. 

GIRLS TRACK
Another undefeated season for Avon
COVENTRY, May 19 – The Falcons won nine individual events and two of three relay races to finish undefeated in the NCCC for the third consecutive year with a 111-40 win over Coventry and a 104.7 to 44.2 win over Stafford.

Avon (14-0, 14-0 NCCC) has won 44 consecutive NCCC dual meets and 45 in a row dating back to 2012. It was the final NCCC dual meet for the Falcons, who will competing in the Central Connecticut Conference next spring. 

Avon will be looking for its third straight conference championship when they compete at the NCCC championship meet next Tuesday at Granby High. Teams earn one point for every dual meet win and one point for every team they beat at the league championship meet. 

Senior Molly Hamel had a wonderful day on Tuesday, winning three events – 800 meters, 1,600 and 3,200. Carly Regalado swept both hurdles races (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles) while Chamiyah Rowland swept the 100 and 200 meter races. Shipa Donde won the 400 meters while Kaely Quijano won the pole vault. 

Emma Schweitzer (100), Tara Shayler (300 hurdles), Jennifer Koo (800), Rachel Martin (3200), Carly Carpino (long jump) and Kiely Quijano (pole vault) each finished second for Avon. 

Canton finishes with nine wins
ELLINGTON, May 19 – A team with about a dozen athletes won nine meets this spring. The Warriors (9-5, 9-5 NCCC) came close to picking up another two wins Tuesday but they dropped a four-point decision to East Windsor, 76-72 and lost to Ellington by five, 76-71. 

Emily Mitchell (100), Emily Briggs (3,200), Emma Skinner (100 hurdles) and Amber Harraden (javelin) each won individual events for the Warriors. 

Mitchell (200), Harraden (400), Jocelyn Rossitto (1600), Mia Tuccillo (discus) and Abigail Skinner (triple jump) each finished second in events for Canton.

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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