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Canton girls finish undefeated for second time; seek first NCCC crown

WINDSOR LOCKS, Oct. 11 – The Canton High girls cross country team put four runners in the top seven to beat Somers, 24-31 and outlast Suffield, 20-35 on Wednesday and finish the dual meet portion of the North Central Connecticut Conference (NCCC) season undefeated with a 13-0 record. It’s the second undefeated season in school history. The Warriors went 13-0 in 2006.

Canton (13-0, 13-0 NCCC) also beat Windsor Locks, 15-50. The Warriors will be looking for their first-ever NCCC pennant at the NCCC championship meet on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Windsor Locks.

Teams earn one point for each dual meet victory against NCCC competition and one point for each team they beat the league championship meet. The Warriors will be challenged by Ellington (12-1) and Granby (11-2) for the title.

Canton, which will be seeking its first league championship since 1979 when they took home the Northwest Conference title, has finished second in the NCCC the past two seasons.

On Wednesday, Helena Winkler had a season-best time of 20:39 as she finished second for the Warriors behind Somers’ Kylie Raymond, who easily won with a time of 18:45. Canton freshman Julia Caputo finished third in 20:45, beating Somers’ Ashlie Delsky by two seconds.

Canton’s Jane Frawley (20:50) and Belle Magna (20:52) finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Magna beat Suffield’s Karissa Stanio by a second at the finish line – another big win down the stretch for the Warriors.

On the boys side, undefeated Suffield (13-0) dominated with six runners among the top nine finishers and beat Canton, 20-37. The Warriors (11-2, 11-2 NCCC) outlasted Somers, 21-36 and Windsor Locks, 20-41.

Canton senior Max Sparks had his best dual meet time of the season with a 15:54 run over 3.1 miles to win his fifth dual meet of the season. Aiden O’Donnell (16:53) finished fourth for the Warriors.

Canton 24, Somers 31
Canton 20, Suffield 35
Canton 15, Windsor Locks 50
Somers 24, Suffield 31
Somers 15, Windsor Locks 50
Suffield 15, Windsor Locks 50
At Windsor Locks
Winner – Kylie Raymond (Somers) 18:45 for 3.1 miles, 2. Helena Winkler (C) 20:39, 3. Julia Caputo (C) 20:45, 4. Ashlie Delsky (Somers) 20:47, 5. G. Zeller (Suffield) 20:48, 6. Jane Frawley (C) 20:50, 7. Belle Magna (C) 20:52, 8. Karissa Stanio (Suffield) 20:53, 9. H. Young (Suffield) 21:26, 10. Ashleigh Gentile (Somers) 21:49
Records: Canton 13-0, Suffield 8-5, Somers, 9-4, Windsor Locks 5-8

Suffield 23, Canton 37
Suffield 16, Somers 47
Suffield 15, Windsor Locks 48
Canton 21, Somers 36
Canton 20, Windsor Locks 41
Somers 23, Windsor Locks 37
At Windsor Locks
Winner – Max Sparks (Canton) 15:54, 2. K. Englander (Suffield) 16:09, 3. J. Sharp (Suffield) 16:42, 4. Aiden O’Donnell (Canton) 16:53, 5. S. Wehelie (Suffield) 16:59, 6. C. Miller (Suffield) 17:31, 7. J. Palazzo (Somers) 17:42, 8. N. Davidson (Suffield) 17:53, 9. R. Corr (Suffield) 17:57, 10. J. Kittredge (WL) 17:59
Records: Suffield 13-0, Canton 11-2, Somers 8-5, Windsor Locks 4-9

GIRLS NCCC standings: Canton 13-0, Ellington 12-1, Granby 11-2, Coventry 9-4, Somers 9-4, Suffield 8-5, Stafford 8-5, East Granby 6-7, Windsor Locks 5-8, Rockville 3-9, HMTCA 2-10, Hartford Classical 0-9, Bolton 0-11, East Windsor 0-11
Teams get one point for each NCCC dual meet win and one point for each team they beat at the NCCC championship meet.

BOYS NCCC standings: Suffield 13-0, Ellington 12-1, Canton 11-2, Granby 10-3, Bolton 9-4, Somers 8-5, Stafford 7-6, Rockville 5-7, Coventry 5-8, Windsor Locks 4-9, East Granby 3-10, HMTCA 2-11, East Windsor 0-12, Hartford Classical 0-11
Teams get one point for each NCCC dual meet win and one point for each team they beat at the NCCC championship meet.

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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