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Canton girls win three to improve to 10-0; Canton boys take three and are 9-1

Canton’s Julia Caputo, center, and Jane Frawley. far right, have been the top two runners this year for the undefeated Warriors. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

STAFFORD, Oct. 4 – Led by Jane Frawley, who won her third dual meet race of the season, the Canton High girls cross country team remained the only undefeated team in the North Central Connecticut Conference (NCCC) with victories over Stafford, East Granby and Hartford Classical on Tuesday.

Canton (10-0, 10-0 NCCC) had three of the top four finishers and five of the top eight finishers, led by Frawley, who won the race with a time of 22:02. Canton teammate Julia Caputo finished second, just three seconds off the pace, while Belle Magna (22:26) finished fourth. Helena Winkler (23:40) and Lila Hunt (24:08) finished seventh and eighth, respectively.

Canton beat Stafford, 20-46, topped East Granby, 17-41 and shutout Hartford Classical, 15-50.

The Warriors have one dual meet remaining next week at Windsor Locks against the host Raiders, Somers and Suffield. They’ll be looking for their first undefeated dual meet campaign since 2006 when they went 13-0.

Canton’s Belle Magna leads in an earlier meet this year against Coventry. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

The NCCC championship meet is Saturday, Oct. 21, at Windsor Locks. Teams earn one point for every dual meet win and one point for each team they beat at the league championship meet. The Canton girls have finished second the past two seasons and are looking for their first NCCC championship.

Led by Max Sparks, who won his fourth dual meet of the season, the Canton boys remained in contention for the NCCC championship with three victories over Stafford, 18-42, East Granby, 15-49 and Hartford Classical, 15-49. Canton and Ellington are 9-1 in the league with three dual meets remaining while Suffield is 10-0.

Aidan O’Donnell finished second on Wednesday in Canton’s dual meet at Stafford. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

On Wednesday, Sparks won in 17:43 while teammate Aidan O’Donnell was second in 18:13. Sean Richrard (19:09), Nick Lagonigro (19:20), Matt Webb (19:24) and James Szpekman (19:24) finished fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively as Canton had five of the top seven finishers.

Canton will be racing at the Brewster, N.Y. Invitational this weekend before concluding the NCCC dual meet portion of the schedule next week.

Canton 20, Stafford 36
Canton 17, East Granby 41
Canton 15, Hartford Classical 50
Stafford 24, East Granby 31
Stafford 15, Classical 50
East Granby 15, Classical 50
At Stafford
Winner: Jane Frawley (C) 22:02 for 3.1 miles at Stafford; 2. Julia Caputo (C) 22:05, 3. Lynesey Maloney (S) 22:06, 4. Belle Magna (C) 22:26, 5. Allie Davis (EG) 22:37, 6. Lauren Chickosky (S) 23:22, 7. Helena Winkler (C) 23:40, 8. Lila Hunt (C) 24:08, 9. Ashley Cappiello (EG) 24:38, 10. Muriel Sprague (S) 24:43
Records: Canton 10-0, Stafford 6-4, East Granby 4-6, Hartford Classical 0-9

Canton’s Lila Hunt had a top 10 finish in Wednesday’s dual meet in Stafford. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Canton 18, Stafford 42
Canton 15, East Granby 49
Canton 15, Hartford Classical 49
Stafford 18, East Granby 41
Stafford 16, Hartford Classical 45
East Granby 21, Hartford Classical 37
At Stafford
Winner: Max Sparks (C) 17:43 for 3.1 miles at Stafford High; 2. Aidan O’Donnell (C) 18:13, 3. Jake Leroux (S) 18:16, 4. Sean Richard (C) 19:09, 5. Nick Lagonigro (C) 19:20, 6. Matt Webb (C) 19:24, 7. James Szpekman (C) 19:24, 8. Zach Johnson (S) 19:29, 9. Justin Lacharite (EG) 19:42; 10. Adam Ricci (S) 19:45
Records: Canton 9-1, Stafford 5-5, East Granby 2-8, Hartford Classical 0-11

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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