Carpino earns Avon’s first top 10 finish at New Englands in 20 years

Avon junior Carly Carpino

NORWOOD, Mass., June 10 – Avon’s Carly Carpino finished ninth in the long jump at Saturday’s 72nd annual New England track and field championships with a leap of 17 feet, 2 inches – her second longest jump of the season.

Carpino, who was competing at the New England championships for the second straight season, missed the top eight and the finals by half inch. Carpino was the third Connecticut finisher in the meet behind North Haven sophomore Erica Marriott in fourth place (17-10¼) and Jonathan Law senior Kiara Smith (17-7½), who were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Carpino jumped over 17 feet in all four post-season meets – CCC Central meet, Class M, State Open and the New Englands.

The ninth place finish was the first top 10 appearance by an Avon athlete at the New England championships since the 4×800 relay team (Kristen Weldon, Megan Gretner, Sarah Nitsche, Ashley Wallace) finished eighth in 1997.

Avon’s Hayley Douglea finished 12th in the high jump. She cleared the opening height (5 feet) and just missed on the second height of 5-foot-3.

Canton freshman Chelsea Mitchell finished 13th with a time of 12.62 seconds in the 100 meters. That beat her time of 12.69 seconds from last week’s State open championships.

Simsbury’s Vickie Milledge was second in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.47 seconds finishing behind Bloomfield’s Zandra James in 14.24. The top three finishers were all from Connecticut. Granby’s Nicole Szilagyi had a season-best time of 15.70 in the event and finished 14th.

Simsbury’s Terrence Cook was sixth in the pole vault with a leap of 14 feet, 3 inches while teammate Maeve Daily was 17th in the 3,200 meters.

2017 New England track and field championships

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