At midway point, Van Kirk is 2nd in decathlon; Carpino is 3rd in heptathlon

Dustin Van Kirk gives it his all in the long jump competition at the recent Class S championships in New Britain.

NEW BRITAIN, June 13 – Canton senior Dustin Van Kirk is second at the midway point of the CIAC decathlon in New Britain while Avon junior Carly Carpino is third after day one of the CIAC heptathlon.

Van Kirk, who had top 10 finishes in four of five events, is second behind Lyman Memorial’s Dan Brown, who has 3,160 points. Brown won the high jump and was second in the 100 meters. Van Kirk was third in the high jump with a leap of 5-9¾ and was sixth in the 100 meters in 11.64 seconds. He has 3,049 points after day one in the decathlon.

Canton teammates Patrick Lagonigro (44th) and Michael Cavanaugh (50) also competed but were not among the top 32 that advance to day two. The best finish for a Canton athlete in the decathlon was a third place finish by Cam Daley in 2015.

Carpino had a pair of top five finishes in the 100 hurdles, taking third with a time of 15.50 seconds, and in the 200 meters, finishing fifth in 27.03 seconds. Carpino, who was 12th in the heptathlon a year ago, has 2,372 points and trails Manchester senior Elizabeth Lodge (2,742) and Griswold junior Kalli’Ann Botelho (2,645). Lodge won the 100 hurdles and long jump while taking third in the 200 meters.

Canton’s Amber Harraden is 11th in the heptathlon, sparked by a second place finish in the shot with a throw of 33 feet, one inch. She was also sixth in the high jump with a leap of 4-10¼. Teammate Maddi Archangelo is 15th with an 11th place finish in the high ump. Avon’s Hayley Dougela is 20th with her best finish coming with a third place finish in the high jump with a leap of 5-0¼.

Avon’s Emily Foley, left, and Canton’s Jane Frawley won medals in the girls 2,000 steeplechase Tuesday. (Photo courtesy Samantha Harraden)

In the girls 2,000 meter steeplechase, Avon’s Emily Foley finished fourth with a time of 7:40.14 while Canton’s Jane Frawley was fifth in 7:48.52. Nonnewaug’s Mary Bibbey easily won the race in 7:09.51, more than 13 seconds ahead of Tolland’s Katherine Deloreto.

It’s the best finish for an Avon athlete in the event since Maddi McHugh was third in 2014.

Other area runners finishing the 2,000 meter steeplechase including Canton’s Abby Briggs (14, 8:11.57), Avon’s Christina Martin (26, 8:33.16) and Canton’s Cameron McCauley (28, 8:40.13).

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