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Undefeated Canton boys extend win streak to 83; Canton girls open with four victories

Canton’s Aidan O’Donnell leads the combined 3,200 meter race with teammates Peter Royer and Sean Richard right on his heels. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

GRANBY, April 20 – The Canton High boys track and field team have won the last seven North Central Connecticut Conference championships. The Warriors have captured six of the last seven NCCC Championship meet crowns and they have a school-record win streak dating back to the 2011 season.

The Canton boys (4-0, 4-0 NCCC) extended their mark to 83 consecutive wins, including 82 in the NCCC, with a pair of victories over SMSA, 120-29, and Granby, 97-53, last Thursday.

The Canton High girls track and field team, coming off their first-ever conference title by taking the NCCC indoor track and field championship in February, is also undefeated after two weeks at 4-0. The Warriors, who hope to challenge Ellington and Granby for the league title this spring, beat Granby for the first time ever on Thursday with a 96-54 win. Canton also beat SMSA, 128-14.

Both Canton squads have plenty of talented athletes. The Canton boys were led by Chaz Williams (100, 200), Max Sparks (800, 1,600) and Patrick Lagonigro (triple, jump, high jump), who each won a pair of individual events against Granby and SMSA. Dustin Van Kirk won three events – 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and the long jump.

Sparks won NCCC indoor track titles in the 1,000 meters and 3,200 meters while Van Kirk captured NCCC indoor titles in the 55 hurdles and 300 meters.

Canton’s Jack Freedenburg, left, Max Epstein, center, and Chaz Williams race in a relay race at Thursday’s meet. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Aidan O’Donnell brings strength for the Warriors in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters while James Pelehach is improving in the discus.

Canton opened the season a few days earlier with dominant victories over East Granby, 114-36, and Windsor Locks, 109-40. Again, Van Kirk won three events sweeping the 110 hurdles, long jump and triple jump.

The Canton girls have never finished higher than third at the NCCC championship meet. Head coach Tim O’Donnell hopes the Warriors, who won the NCCC indoor championship in February, has enough to make a run.

Against Granby and SMSA, the Warriors won 10 of 15 individual events. Jane Frawley, who won a league title in the 1,600 meters last May, won three events, sweeping the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters. Chelsea Mitchell (100, 200) and Amber Harraden (400, shot) won a pair of events. Harraden was second in the javelin. Harraden is the defending NCCC champion in the 400 meters.

Maddie Archangelo won the 300 hurdles while Abbe Skinner won the high jump and Elizabeth Raynor was first in the pole vault.

Elizabeth Raynor takes third place in the 100 meter hurdles along with winning the pole vault (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

The Canton girls opened their season with a 115-32 win over East Granby and a 122-25 victory over Windsor Locks.

Canton has their first home meet of the year on Tuesday when they are scheduled to host Hartford Classical. On May 2, the Warriors will also host East Windsor and Bolton.

The biggest meet of the regular season will probably be two days later on Thursday, May 4 when Canton travels to Ellington to take on the Purple Knights and Coventry.

Canton 120, SMSA 29
Canton 97, Granby 53
Granby 119, SMSA 37
At Granby
4×800: Canton 8:43.99, Granby 8:48.90
4×100: Canton 47.76, SMSA 51.12, 3. Granby 52.19
100: Chaz Williams (C) 11.6, Keith Berrouet (S), Dylan Dingivan (G), Brandon LaCLair (C) 11.7
200: Chaz Williams (C) 23.40, Noah Cox (G) 23.50, Keith Berrouet (S) 24.00
400: Allen Chan (S) 53.0, Noah Cox (G) 53.80, Anthony Burns (C) 56.2
800: Max Sparks (C) 2:06.10, Joseph Wix (G) 2:11.30, Andy Obrzut (C) 2:12.72
1,600: Max Sparks (C) 4:47.00, Aidan O’Donnell (C) 5:04.00, Gage Mullaney (G) 5:12.00
3,200: Aidan O’Donnell (C) 10:50.2, Peter Royer (C) 11:15.4, Matthew Barton (C) 11:25.3
110 hurdles: Dustin Van Kirk (C) 15.40, 2. Chaz Williams (C) 15.96, Zach Flanagan (G) 17.46
300 hurdles: Dustin Van Kirk (C) 43.10, Zach Flanagan (G) 45.20, Aidan O’Donnell (C) 47.20
4×400: Canton 3:44.10, Granby 3:46.30
Shot: Noah Cox (G) 39-7½, John Pintaville (S) 38-1, D.J. Clement (C) 34-8½
Discus: David Bignelli (G) 114-8, James Pelehach (C) 97-8, Jacob Dunham (G) 82-7
Javelin: John Pintavalle (S) 132-5, William Hauser (G) 123-0, Kaleb Lillestolen (G) 122-4
Long jump: Dustin Van Kirk (C) 19-2, Brandon LaClair (C) 17-10, Jemarre Dudley (G) 17-9
Triple jump: Patrick Lagonigro (C) 39-5½, Dustin Van Kirk (C) 39-0½, Jemarre Dudley (G) 37-1½
High jump: Patrick Lagonigro (C) 5-8, Jemarre Dudley (G) 5-6, Keith Berrouet (S) 5-2
Pole vault: Dylan Dingivan (G) 10-0, Kaleb Lillestolen (G) 8-6, Brandon LeClair (C) 8-6
Records: Canton 4-0, Granby 3-3, SMSA 0-2

Canton 128, SMSA 14

Canton 96, Granby 54
Granby 135, SMSA 13
At Granby
4×800: Canton 10:47.15, Granby 11:12.11
4×100: Canton 52.74, Granby 54.21
100: Chelsea Mitchell (C) 12.70, McKenzie Pedersen (G) 13.10, Emily Mitchell (C) 13.30
200: Chelsea Mitchell (C) 25.90, Emily Mitchell (C) 27.10, Nicole Szilagyi (G) 27.2
400: Amber Harraden (C) 1:04.00, Datari Mathis (S) 1:06.0, Michelle Dingivan (G) 1:09.0
800: Jane Frawley (C) 2:38.60, Jessica Gerace (G) 2:45.80, Jocelyn Rossitto (C) 2:49.10
1,600: Jane Frawley (C) 5:45.0, Jessica Gerace (G) 5:55.0, Emily Briggs (C) 6:07
3200: Jane Frawley (C) 5:45.0, Jessica Gerace (G) 5:55.0, Emily Briggs (C) 6:07.0
100 hurdles: Nicole Szilagyi (G) 15.55, Abbe Skinner (C) 18.13, Elizabeth Raynor (C) 19.15
300 hurdles: Maddie Archangelo (C) 53.70, Lexi Cyr (G) 58.0, Sara Bowman (C) 1:02.0
4×400: Canton 4:20.00, Granby 4:30.80
Shot: Amber Harraden (C) 33-7, Carlie Max (G) 26-9½, Sara Bowman (C) 26-1
Discus: Mackenzie Stahl (G) 88-0, Julia St. Amandd (S) 71-6, Sara Bowman (C) 70-11
Javelin: Mackenzie Stahl (G) 106-3, Amber Harraden (C) 82-10, Julia St. Amand (S) 80-1
Long jump: Isabelle Provencher (G) 15-0, Emily Mitchell (C) 14-11, Sarah Bennett (G) 13-10
Triple jump: Isabelle Provencher (G) 32-0, Abbe Skinner (C) 30-8, Amber Harradan (C) 29-10
High jump: Abbe Skinner (C) 5-0, Maddie Archangelo (C) 4-10, Isabelle Provencher (G) 4-10
Pole vault: Elizabeth Raynor (C) 7-0, Lexi Cyr (G) 6-6, Devin Kadis (C) 6-6
Records: Canton 4-0, Granby 2-2, SMSA 0-2

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years.

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