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Canton girls 4×200 relay team races to a top 10 finish at State Open

Canton’s Madeline Archangelo, right, and her teammates on the 4×200 relay team set a new school record in the event at Monday’s State Open. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

NEW HAVEN, February 20 – It has been a record-setting season for the Canton High girls indoor track and field team this winter. The Warriors ended the campaign with another record-setting performance.

Canton, which won their first NCCC championship earlier this month, received a school-record effort from their 4×200 relay team Monday at the State Open championships at the Floyd Little Athletic Center at Hillhouse in New Haven.

The team of sophomore Madeline Archangelo, freshman Chelsea Mitchell, senior Emily Mitchell and senior Amber Harraden finished tenth with a school record time of 1:50.02, knocking over a second off the time they ran to a second place in last week’s Class S championship meet (1:51.19).

It was the first time that athletes from the Canton girls team had qualified for the Open.

Amber Harraden ran the anchor leg on Canton’s 4×200 relay team. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

At the Class S meet, Bloomfield easily won the 4×200. The Warhawks did it again at the State Open with a time of 1:42.44 beating Hamden by nearly four seconds in the field of 17 teams. The Bloomfield girls were dominant in winning the State Open with 83½ points with Danbury coming in a very distant second with 30 points.

Chelsea Mitchell became the first Canton individual to run at the Open and finished 15th in the 300 meters with a time of 43.38 seconds.

Avon’s Christine Oberhausen, who finished second in the 600 meters at last week’s Class M championships, finished 15th in the 600 meters with a time of 1:42.06.

On the boys side, Canton’s Max Sparks and Dustin Van Kirk qualified to compete at the State Open.

Canton’s Max Sparks (2) ran in the 1,000 meters at the State Open on Monday. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Sparks finished 13th in the 1,000 meters with a time of 2:40.34 while Van Kirk also finished 13th in the long jump with a leap of 19-9¼ feet.

The Danbury boys won the Open competition with 55¼ points with Staples of Westport coming in a distant second with 28 points.

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