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Turns out that Canton’s Graziano didn’t tie the state record in discus in 2013

Canton's Matt Graziano won his second straight New England championship and tied the state record in the discus.

Canton’s Matt Graziano in 2013 when he won his second straight New England championship in the discus. His throw of 189 feet, 1 inch is the second-best throw in state history, according to the state record book.

Keeping track of record performances at the high school level can be a challenge. Some coaches keep meticulous track of what their teams and athletes accomplish. Other coaches don’t even share the results of who won or lost the game with anyone else outside of the team.

Unlike professional sports leagues or even collegiate athletes, no one is getting paid to compile these records of achievement and accomplishments.

As editor of the Connecticut High School wrestling record book and co-editor of the Connecticut High School football record book, I can tell you that your record book is as good as the assistance you receive from coaches, members of the media and parents.

In 2013, we wrote several stories of how Canton High senior Matt Graziano was looking to break the state record in the discus of 189 feet, 1 inch set in 1969 by Hartford Public senior Melmoth Taylor. It turns out we were wrong. The high school track and field record book that we got the information that spring of 2013 from was incorrect.

Taylor’s record throw at the Greater Hartford Invitational in 1969 was actually 189 feet, 2 inches. Lindy Remigino, the coach at Hartford Public, and one of the founders of the state track and field record book, contacted the current author of the track record book in the summer of 2013 and alerted him to make the correction. The record book has since been updated.

So, for the record, Taylor owns the state record for the discus at 189 feet, 2 inches. Graziano did throw 189 feet, 1 inch at the New England championships in June 2013 to win his second straight New England title. He thought he had tied Taylor’s record. He did not. Graziano’s throw of 189-1 ranks No. 2 in the state record book for a discus throw.

But it isn’t the Canton school record. Graziano threw the discus 191 feet, 7 inches in a three-team meet at Ellington in April 2013. But that doesn’t count as a state record because it was a dual meet and there needs to be at least five teams competing for state record book consideration. Still, it is good enough for Canton’s school record.

Graziano is currently a junior at UConn where he is competing as a member of the UConn men’s track and field program. At the recent 89th annual Texas Relays, he threw 50.61 meters of 166 feet to finish ninth. At UConn’s season-opening meet in late March, Graziano earned a bronze medal in the discus with a throw of 50.96 meters (167-2) at the Penn Challenge. Connecticut finished second in the meet behind Army.

Two years ago, Graziano finished fourth in the American Athletic Conference championship meet with a throw of 51.11 meters. Graziano is a sophomore in terms of his athletic eligibility.

 

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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