SUFFIELD, May 17 – Both Canton High track and field programs are in position to contend for the NCCC championship at next Tuesday’s meet at Stafford High.
Dustin Van Kirk won four events while John Solomon and William Briggs won two each as the Canton High boys beat Suffield, 90-70, and Stafford, 93-57, to finish undefeated in the NCCC for the sixth consecutive season. Canton (14-0, 13-0 NCCC) will looking for their sixth straight league championship next week.
For the first time, the Canton High girls will be in the mix for a league championship. The girls beat Suffield for the first time, 78½ to 71½, and Stafford, 101-48, to finish with a record of 11-2 in the league – its best record ever in the league.
Granby (12-1) and Ellington (12-1) finished the NCCC dual meet season with 12 wins while Suffield (11-2) and Canton finished with 11 wins. Teams earn one point for every dual meet win and one point for every team they beat the NCCC championship meet.
Canton could grab at least a share of the title if they win the championship meet.
The Canton boys extended their school record dual meet winning streak to 79 in a row. Van Kirk swept the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, long jump and triple jump. Solomon raced to wins in the 200 meters and high jump. Briggs was the winner in the shot and discus.
Once again, Stephen Oliver tied his own school record with a event-winning leap of 11-6 in the pole vault. Will Carlson won the javelin while Cameron Lange took second in the high jump. Solomon and Lange both leaped 5-6 but Solomon did it with fewer misses to finish first.
The Canton girls (11-3, 11-2 NCCC) had five individual winners Tuesday with Emily Mitchell and Amber Harraden setting two new school records in the process.
Mitchell broke her own school record in the 100 meters, winning the race with a record time of 13.2 seconds. A year ago, she ran a time of 13.24 seconds. Harraden set her fourth school record in eight days with a record leap of 33 feet, one inch in the triple jump, breaking the mark set by Jamie Haberern of 32-5½ set in 2012.
In the past week, Harraden broke school records in the 400 meters, shot and javelin.
Canton got a balanced effort to beat Suffield by seven points. Harraden swept three events (400 javelin, triple jump) while Lucy Tanner (100 hurdles, 200), Mitchell (100, long jump) and Jane Frawley (1,600, 3,200) won two events each. Abbe Skinner prevailed in the high jump and the Warriors swept the 4×800 and 4×100 relays.
Second place finishes from Mitchell (200), Abby Briggs (800) and Tanner (300 hurdles) picked up key points for the Warriors.
The 11 wins for the Canton girls is a new single season school record.