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Despite rain, Canton boys and girls remain undefeated (5-0) by beating Classical

CANTON, April 25 – It was a tough day to be outside on Tuesday. It was cloudy and raining. The baseball players were inside along with the softball team and players from the golf and tennis programs.

Canton’s track and field athletes were competing as scheduled rolling to easy victories over Hartford Classical. The undefeated boys team (5-0) extended their school-record dual meet win streak to 84 with a 110-26 victory while the girls team also remained unbeaten (5-0) with a 121-23 decision over Classical.

Canton coach Tim O’Donnell doesn’t hesitate to allow the Warriors to compete in the rain. It’s good preparation for the CIAC championship meets in late May. Those meets run rain or shine. The only thing that stops those championship meets is lightning.

In the boys event, Dustin Van Kirk won three events for the Warriors (5-0, 5-0 NCCC) sweeping the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and the triple jump. Max Sparks swept the 1,600 and 3,200 meter races.

Aidan O’Donnell, Anthony Burns, Patrick Lagonigro, D.J. Clement, James Pelehach and Ben Robinson also won individual events for Canton. The Warriors, Coventry (3-0) and Ellington (3-0) are the lone undefeated teams left in the boys race.

In the girls competition, Emily Mitchell (100, long jump), Chelsea Mitchell (200, 400), Abbe Skinner (high jump, 100 hurdles) and Amber Harraden (300 hurdles, triple jump) each won two individual events to lead Canton (5-0, 5-0 NCCC).

The Warriors, Suffield (3-0) and Ellington (5-0) are the only girls teams left undefeated in the league.

Canton will compete at the Dan O’Grady Relays in Danbury this weekend. They return to NCCC competition on Tuesday when they host East Windsor and Bolton at the high school. Next Thursday, Canton travels to Ellington to face the Purple Knights and Coventry in a big meet with league championship ramifications for the boys and girls teams.

Canton 110, Hartford Classical 26
At Canton
4×800: Canton 9:57.7, Hartford Classical 10:01
4×100: Canton 47.5, Hartford Classical 50.5
100: Jayden Alvarez (HC) 11.8, Stephen Babola (HC) 12.1, Brandon LaClair (C) 12.4
200: Anthony Burns (C) 26.1, Jayden Alvarez (HC) 26.5, Matt Pickett (C) 26.9
400: Stephen Babola (HC) 56.8, Andy Obrzut (C) 56.9, Brad Connolly (C) 57.4
800: Aidan O’Donnell (C) 2:16.5, Andy Obrzut (C) 2:16.7, Joshua Cadwallader (HC) 2:20.6
1,600: Max Sparks (C) 5:08.7, Peter Royer (C) 5:12.2, Trent Sawtelle (C) 5:12.5
3,200: Max Sparks (C) 10:54.1, Sean Richard (C) 11:56.0, Joshua Cadwallader (HC) 12:37.9
110 hurdles: Dustin Van Kirk (C) 16.3, Patrick Lagonigro (C) 19.7
300 hurdles: Dustin Van Kirk (C) 45.5, Chaz Williams (C) 46.3, Aidan O’Donnell (C) 46.6
4×400: Canton 3:59.5, Canton B 4:17.3, Classical 4:26.8
Long jump: Dhamani Johnson (HC) 18-7, Yafari Boland (HC) 18-5, Brandon LaClair (C) 17-1
Triple jump: Dustin Van Kirk (C) 39-1, Patrick Lagonigro (C) 36-4, Peter Fuller (C) 31-11
High jump: Patrick Lagonigro (C) 5-6
Shot: D.J. Clement (C) 32-8, Jerry LeFave (C) 31-8, Ben Robinson (C) 31-6
Discus: James Pelehach (C) 78-8, Colin Cleaves (C) 70-10, Ben Robinson (C) 69-7
Javelin: Ben Robinson (C) 91-9, Jerry LeFave (C) 84-0, D.J. Clement (C) 83-6
Pole vault: Not held
Records: Canton 5-0, Classical 1-4

Canton 121, Hartford Classical 23
At Canton
4×800: Canton 10:51.1, Hartford Classical 11:46
4×100: Canton 53.9, Hartford Classical 54.8
100: Emily Mitchell (C) 13.6, Kadian Pyrce (HC) 13.7, Keyonna Douglas (HC) 15.1
200: Chelsea Mitchell (C) 28.8, Kadian Pryce (HC) 29.9, Maddie Archangelo (C) 30.3
400: Chelsea Mitchell (C) 1:08.7, Sofia Langou (C) 1:09.1, Sara Bowman (C) 1:11.7
800: Helena Winkler (C) 2:47.1, Emily Briggs (C) 2:51.0, Margaret Moran (HC) 2:52.5
1,600: Jane Frawley (C) 5:55.6, Helena Winkler (C) 5:58.1
3,200: Jocelyn Rossitto (C) 14:01.2, Abby Briggs (C) 14:01.2
100 hurdles: Abbe Skinner (C) 18.2, Sofia Langou (C) 19.8, Almarie Reed (HC) 23.4
300 hurdles: Amber Harraden (C) 58.4, Abby Briggs (C) 59.3
4×400: Canton 4:58.0, Classical 5:09.1, Classical B 5:20.3
Long jump: Emily Mitchell (C) 15-3, Chelsea Mitchell (C) 14-7, Amani Boland (HC) 13-5
High jump: Abbe Skinner (C) 4-6, Maddie Archangelo (C) 4-6
Triple jump: Amber Harraden (C) 30-2, Amani Boland (HC) 29-9, Abbe Skinner (C) 29-8
Shot: Payge Boyde (HC) 29-8, Sara Bowman (C) 24-9, Randi Nelson (HC) 23-7
Discus: Emily Briggs (C) 64-7, Sara Bowman (C) 62-0, Randi Nelson (HC) 61-6
Javelin: Devin Kadis (C) 60-2, Kyarah Walker (HC) 52-8
Pole vault: Elizabeth Raynor (C) 6-0, Devin Kadis (C) 6-0
Records: Canton 5-0, Classical 2-3

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