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Mighty Canton girls tie school record for most wins in track; Boys improve to 12-0

Canton's Amber Harraden won four events Tuesday in Somers (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Canton’s Amber Harraden won four events Tuesday in Somers (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

SOMERS, May 10 – The Canton High girls track and field team had 13 athletes in uniform Tuesday afternoon for a dual meet with Somers. The host Spartans have 47 girls listed on their roster with the CIAC.

Six Canton girls won individual events and another four earned second place finishes to help the Warriors to a 90-56 decision over Somers and improve to 9-3 on the year and 9-2 in the NCCC. Amber Harraden won four individual events and set new school records in the shot and javelin.

The Canton boys extended their school record dual meet winning streak to 77 straight with a 116-33 win over Somers. Dustin Van Kirk and Will Briggs won three events each for the Warriors, now 12-0 overall and 11-0 in the NCCC.

Harraden, Emily Mitchell, Abby Briggs, Jane Frawley, Elizabeth Raynor and Abbe Skinner won individual events for Canton but teammates Sophia Langou (100 meters), Emily Briggs (1,600, 800), Lucy Tanner (300 hurdles, 200, 100 hurdles) and Helena Winkler (3,200) earned second place finishes to boost the Warriors. Canton also won two of three relays – taking first place in the 4×100 relay and 4×800 relay.

Harraden’s throw of 31 feet in the shot broke the record set by Anna Waite (28-7) in 2013. Harraden’s throw of 87 feet, 3 inches in the javelin broke the mark set by Waite (86-8) in 2012. Harraden also won the 400 meters in 1:03.82.

Mitchell swept the 100 meters (13.11) and 200 meters (27.91) while Abby Briggs won the 800 meters (2:38.09), Jane Frawley captured the 3,200 meters (12:53.11), Elizabeth Raynor won the pole vault (7-0) and Abbe Skinner prevailed in the high jump (4-8).

Nine wins in a single season ties the school record set by the girls team in 2015 and 2014. The Warriors close out the dual meet portion of the schedule next Tuesday with a meet in Suffield against the Wildcats and Stafford High.

In the boys meet, Canton’s Will Briggs had a career-best performance in the discus with a throw of 174-7 – the longest throw by any qualifier for the upcoming CIAC state tournaments. Briggs also won the shot (38-10) and javelin (135-1).

Van Kirk won three events taking the 110 hurdles (16.27), long jump (18-6) and triple jump (38-8½). John Solomon won two events, sweeping the 300 hurdles (42.53) and 200 meters in 23.92 seconds.

Aidan O’Donnell captured the 1,600 meters (5:01.57), Cameron Neely won the 800 meters (2:14.46) while Max Sparks raced to the win in the 3,200 meters (10:41.15). Stephen Oliver won the pole vault with a leap of 11 feet while Cam Lange won the high jump with a leap of 5-8. The Warriors also swept all three relays (4×800, 4×100, 4×400).

The Canton boys go for a sixth straight undefeated dual meet campaign next Tuesday at Suffield when they face the host Wildcats and Stafford.

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