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Avon’s Carpino wins pentathlon at Boston Holiday Challenge

Avon’s Carly Carpino clears a hurdle in the 300 meter hurdles at last June’s Class MM championship meet in New Britain.

BOSTON, Dec. 27 – There are few opportunities in the girls track and field season – indoor and outdoor – to compete in the pentathlon. Avon High seniors Carly Carpino and Hayley Dougela took advantage of an opportunity earlier this week.

Carpino won two of five events and finished second in one event as she won the girls pentathlon at the Boston Holiday Challenge at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston.

With a school record 2,969 points, Carpino edged Sara James of Wachusett, Mass., by just 59 points. Dougela was 17th in the field of 23 athletes with 1,871 points. They are believed to be the first two Avon girls to compete in the pentathlon.

Carpino won the 55 meter hurdles with a time 8.87 seconds and set a new pentathlon meet record by winning the long jump with a leap of 17-3 feet or 5.28 meters. She was second in the shot with a throw of 29-1 feet, just three inches behind James.

Carpino, who has signed a letter of intent to compete in track at Lehigh next fall, was seventh in the high jump with a leap of 4-7 feet and was tenth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:48.89.

Last June, Carpino also finished third in the CIAC hepathlon – the best-ever finish for an Avon girl in the event.

Dougela finished third in the high jump at the Boston Holiday Challenge with a leap of 4-9 feet and was tenth in the shot with a throw of 22-5 feet. She was 20th in the 800 meters with a time of 3:01.98 and 11th in the 55 hurdles with a time of 10.16 seconds. She fouled and didn’t place in the long jump.

Other Avon athletes were in action on Wednesday in New Haven at the Floyd Little Athletic Center for the Jack Long Invitational.

Five Avon runners earned top 5 finishes at the meet. In the 3,200 meters, senior Haley Gens took second (11:45.01) with senior Sara Leavens in fifth place (12:06.96) and junior Rachel Nori (13:12.21) finishing tenth.

In the 1,600 meters, sophomore Rhiannon Richmond was second with a personal-best time of 5:32.51 with Gens finishing fifth in 5:42.13. Richmond also took third in the 800 meters with a time of 2:36.6.

Quinn Baliey was seventh in the 600 meters with a time of 1:57.39.

On the boys side, senior Matt Nyklicek was fifth in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:52.15 while teammate Anish Rajamanickam was fourth in the 400 meters with a new school record time of 55.41 seconds.

Rajamanickam was also sixth in the 200 meters with a time of 25.46 while teammate Max Raha was eighth with a time of 25.58 seconds.

In the 800 meters, Jack Stokesbury set a new school record with his eighth place finish and a time of 2:11.42 seconds. He was also seventh in the 400 meters with a time of 56.20 seconds.

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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