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Avon runners set three new school records at CCC championships

NEW HAVEN, January 28 – The Avon High indoor track and field team broke three school records in Saturday’s Central Connecticut Championships at the Floyd Little Athletic Center.

Avon’s 4×800 relay team of Jack Stokesbury, Jon Hernandez, Matt Nyklicek and Zach Bortoff finished fourth with an indoor track school record time of 8:44.46. The quartet finished fourth in the race – the highest finish for a Falcon at the CCC indoor meet in the two years that Avon has been in the league.

Bortoff also broke a school record in the 1,000 meters, racing to a sixth place finish with a record time of 2:44.81. It’s the best individual finish by an Avon athlete at the CCC indoor championships.

Hayley Douglea broke the school record she set a week ago in the 55 meter hurdles with a record time of 10.06 seconds. That was good enough for an eighth place finish.

Teammate Sara Leavens set a new personal best by running to an eighth place finish in the 3,200 meters with a time of 12:12.85 seconds. Christine Oberhausen had a season-best time of 1:44.03 as she finished seventh in the 600 meter race.

Blake Thompson had a top 10 finish, taking ninth in the 55 hurdles for the Falcons with a time of 8.89 seconds.

In the overall standings, the Avon boys were 22nd out of 26 teams that scored with eight points. Glastonbury beat Manchester, 74½ to 59 to win the league championship. In the girls competition, Avon was 20th out of 21 teams that scored with four points. Bloomfield outran Glastonbury, 110½ to 101½ to capture the CCC title. There are 33 teams in the CCC and several didn’t score a point.

Avon has one more tuneup meet remaining at the Last Chance qualified at Hartford Public on Saturday, Feb. 4. The Falcons will be competing in the Class M championship meet on Thursday, Feb. 9 in New Haven at the Floyd Little Athletic Center at Hillhouse High.

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