Canton girls finish undefeated for first time, have eye on first NCCC title

Canton’s Amber Harraden takes the baton from Maddie Archangelo in Tuesday’s 4×400 relay in Canton. The Warriors beat Suffield in the relay and in the meet to finish undefeated. (Photo courtesy Samantha Harraden)

CANTON, May 16 – Canton senior Amber Harraden won three individual events, Chelsea Mitchell swept the 100 and 200 meter races and the Canton High girls track and field team won an additional three individual events and two relays to complete their first-ever undefeated season with a 81½ to 68½ win over Suffield Tuesday. The Warriors also beat Stafford, 109-41.

Canton (13-0, 12-0 NCCC) handed Suffield (11-1 NCCC) their first loss of the season and took command of the race for the North Central Connecticut Conference championship.

Teams earn one point for every league team they beat in the regular season and one point for each team they beat at the league championship meet on Tuesday, May 23, in Canton. The Warriors can win their first-ever league title by finishing first or second on Tuesday.

The Canton boys (12-1, 11-1 NCCC) also remained in contention to capture a seventh straight league championship with a 108-42 win over Stafford and an 89-61 win over Suffield. The Warriors can claim a piece of the league title on Tuesday by beating undefeated Coventry (12-0 NCCC) at next week’s league championship meet.

Harraden won the 400 meters by nearly two seconds, won the shot by two feet and beat Stafford’s Julianna DeSantis by four inches to win in javelin. Chelsea Mitchell swept the 100 and 200 meters, beating her sister, Emily by a half second in the 100 meters.

Canton’s Chelsea Mitchell takes the baton from Abby Briggs in Tuesday’s 4×400 relay race. Canton won the race and the meet against Suffield and Stafford. (Photo courtesy Samantha Harraden)

Mitchell did win in the long jump while Abbe Skinner (high jump) and Helena Winkler (1,600) also came up with individual victories. The Warriors won the 4×100 and 4×100 relay races. It was the most competitive meet of the season for Canton and the Warriors benefited with second place finishes from Abby Briggs (800), Maddie Archangelo (300 hurdles, high jump), Emily Briggs (discus) and Emily Mitchell (triple jump, 100).

In the boys competition, Dustin Van Kirk won three individual events and was second by 0.20 of a second in the 100 meters to Stafford’s Matthew Frank with a time of 11.65 seconds. Van Kirk won the 400 meters by 1.01 of a second, captured the triple jump and long jump by one foot.

Max Sparks swept the 800 and 1,600 meter races while Chaz Williams (300 hurdles) and Patrick Lagonigro (high jump) secured individual victories. Crucial second place finishes from Williams (200, 100 hurdles), Aidan O’Donnell (3,200), James Pelehach (discus), D.J. Clement (javelin), Peter Fuller (high jump) and Tim Biondo (pole vault) provided Canton with some crucial points to help them top Suffield.

The teams return to action on Wednesday, May 24 when Canton hosts the NCCC championship meet for the first time in school history.

Canton senior Amber Harraden won three individual events and ran on a winning relay team in Canton’s win over Suffield on Tuesday (Photo courtesy Samantha Harraden)

GIRLS
Canton 109, Stafford 41
Canton 81½, Suffield 68½
Suffield 108, Stafford 41
At Canton
4×800: Suffield 10:18.33, Canton 10:19.06
4×100: Canton 52.32, Suffield 54.51, Stafford 54.94
100: Chelsea Mitchell (C) 12.99, Emily Mitchell (C) 13.30, Alyssa Bergamini (Su) 13.58
200: Chelsea Mitchell (C) 27.25, Alyssa Bergamini (Su) 28.61, Stephanie Brown (St) 28.98
400: Amber Harraden (C) 1:01.73, Alyssa Bergamini (Su) 1:03.41, Emily Bernabe (Su) 1:04.10
800: Marv Rusnock (Su) 2:34.27, Abby Briggs (C) 2:36.16, Katherine Platt (Su) 2:36.95
1,600: Helena Winkler (C) 5:38.68, Hanna Englander (Su) 5:39.72, Lauren Chickosky (St) 5:54.20
3,200: Hanna Englander (Su) 12:35.53, Gabrielle Zeller (Su) 12:39.98, Jane Frawley (C) 12:48.69
100 hurdles: Tessa Kopec (St) 15.99, Alexis Bergamini (Su) 17.84, Abbe Skinner (C) 17.92
300 hurdles: Alexis Bergamini (Su) 48.10, Maddie Archangelo (C) 51.27, Sofia Langou (C) 54.98
Shot: Amber Harraden (C) 32-1, Emily Kopec (St) 30-0, Marybeth Heyse (Su) 29-10
Discus: Marybeth Heyse (Su) 79-6, Emily Briggs (C) 76-3, Sara Bowman (C) 71-0
Javelin: Amber Harraden (C) 85-6, Julianna DeSantis (St) 85-2, Cameron Shaw (Su) 82-1
Long jump: Emily Mitchell (C) 16-6, Alexis Bergamini (Su) 15-3, Cameron Shaw (Su) 14-8
Triple jump: Emily Kopec (St) 32-8, Emily Mitchell (C) 31-9, Alex Bergamini (Su) 31-7
High jump: Abbe Skinner (C) 4-8, Maddie Archangelo (C) 4-6, Olivia Vucolo (Su) 4-6
Pole vault: Emily Kopec (St) 10-0, Sophie Lupone (Su) 7-6, Elizabeth Raynor (C) 7-6
4×400: Canton 4:13.01, Suffield 4:16.21, Stafford 4:38.51
Records: Canton 13-0, 12-0 NCCC, Suffield 11-1 NCCC, Stafford 6-5 NCCC

NCCC league standings: Canton 12-0, Suffield 11-1, Ellington 10-2, Granby 9-3, Coventry 7-5, Stafford 6-5, Somers 5-7, East Windsor 5-7, Classical 4-7, East Granby 3-8, Windsor Locks 1-9, Bolton 1-10, SMSA 0-12

BOYS
Canton 108, Stafford 42
Canton 89, Suffield 61
Suffield 104, Stafford 46
At Canton
4×800: Canton 8:38.81, Suffield 8:41.12, Stafford 9:28.35
4×100: Stafford 47.45, Canton 47.93, Suffield 47.94
100: Matthew Frank (St) 11.45, Dustin Van Kirk (C) 11.65, Robert Mueller (Su) 12.06
200: Matthew Frank (St) 23.34, Chaz Williams (C) 24.56, Anthony Burns (C) 24.84
400: Dustin Van Kirk (C) 52.08, Robert Mueller (Su) 53.97, Jared Sharp (Su) 54.02
800: Max Sparks (C) 2:03.27, Nick Sinofsky (Su) 2:06.18, Camden Miller (Su) 2:10.11
1,600: Max Sparks (C) 4:27.87, Nick Sinofsky (Su) 4:28.44, Kyle Englander (Su) 4:55.97
3,200: Kyle Englander (Su) 10:27.88, Aidan O’Donnell (C) 10:28.08, Samatar Wehelie (Su) 10:53.75
100 hurdles: Chase Walbridge (St) 16.26, Chaz Williams (C) 16.38, Patrick Lagonigro (C) 18.00
300 hurdles:  Chaz Williams (C) 44.01, Alek Cotnoir (Su) 44.66, Aidan O’Donnell (C) 45.05
4×400: Suffield 3:40.68, Canton 3:42.24, Stafford 3:59.58
Shot: Joshua Wozniak (Su) 39-9½, Justin Prices (Su) 34-8½, Dominic Urso (St) 34-3
Discus: Ryan Cleaves (Su) 115-0, James Pelehach (C) 101-7, Justin Price (Su) 99-7
Javelin: Miles Manning (Su) 107, D.J. Clement (C) 101-6, Joshua Wozniak (Su) 98-2
Triple jump: Dustin Van Kirk (C) 40-1, Chase Walbridge (St) 38-5, Patrick Lagonigro (C) 38-3
Long jump: Dustin Van Kirk (C) 19-11, Chase Walbridge (St) 18-11, Brandon LaClair (C) 18-8
High jump: Patrick Lagonigro (C) 5-10, Peter Fuller (C) 5-6, James Missel (St) 5-2
Pole vault: Joey LaValla (Su) 10-0, Tim Biondo (C) 9-6, Andrew Napolitano (St) 9-6
Records: Canton 12-1, 11-1 NCCC, Stafford 5-6 NCCC, Suffield 8-4 NCCC

NCCC league standings: Coventry 12-0, Canton 11-1, Ellington 10-2, Granby 9-3, Suffield 8-4, East Windsor 6-6, Somers 6-6, Stafford 5-6, East Granby 4-7, Classical 2-9, Windsor Locks 1-9, Bolton 1-10, SMSA 0-12

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