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Avon’s Carpino wins two events, sets two school records, two new meet records

Avon’s Carly Carpino, shown at last year’s Class MM championship meet, won two events at Saturday’s Elm City Relays.

NEW HAVEN, January 6 – Avon’s Carly Carpino won two events at Saturday’s fourth annual Elm City Relays and set a pair of new school records in the process.

The senior broke the school record and meet record with a leap of 17 feet, 4 inches on her first attempt to win the long jump. She also won the 55 meter hurdles with a school and meet record time of 8.58 seconds.

Carpino ran a time of 8.9 seconds to finish first in the preliminary round of the 55 meter hurdles and then blazed to her record time in the finals. Hillhouse’s Ayesha Nelson was second with a time of 8.70 seconds.

Carpino, who broke her own school records, led the Avon contingent at the meet at the Floyd Little Athletic Center on the campus of Hillhouse High.

Several other Falcons earned top 10 finishes at the meet.

Avon’s Distance Medley relay team of Rhiannon Richmond, Quinn Bailey, Ashley Martin and Sara Leavens finished second with a time of 13:48.40.

Leavens took fourth in the 3,200 meters with a time of 12:03.57. Carpino ran to a sixth place finish in the 300 meters with a time of 44.09 seconds while Richmond was seventh in the 1,600 meters in 5:32.97 and ninth in the 400 meters (3:20.66) and 1,000 meters (3:20.66).

On the boys side, Anish Rajamanickam was fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 31-4¾ feet and seventh in the 300 meters with a time of 38.57 seconds.

Avon’s Distance Medley Relay team of Mark Nunziata, Manus Prasad, Max Mock and Matt Nyklicek finished sixth with a time of 12:26. The Falcons’ 4×400 relay (Zacharty Tilsch, Rajamanickam, Alvin Guo and Jack Stokesbury) was seventh with a time of 3:55.32.

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. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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