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Avon’s Gens, Nyklicek, Stokesbury and Falcon relay team win at NCCC Invitational

HARTFORD, January 20 – There isn’t a lot of time to compete in the indoor track and field season before the league championship meets.

Avon athletes took the opportunity to prepare for Saturday’s Central Connecticut Conference championship meet at the Floyd Little Athletic Complex at Hillhouse in New Haven.

Haley Gens, Matt Nyklicek and Jack Stokesbury picked up individual victories and the boys 1,600 meter sprint relay finished first at last Saturday’s NCCC Invitational at Hartford Public High School. No team scores were kept but there was plenty of competition.

Gens won the 3,200 meters with a time of 11:48.46 winning by nearly four seconds and taking second in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:45.06.

Nyklicek captured the 1,600 meters in 4:50.29, beating East Windsor’s Dean Sanchez by more than three seconds.

Stokesbury won the 600 meters with a school record time of 1:29.46, a second faster than Quentin Askey of CREC.

Avon’s 1,600 meter sprint medley relay (Zach Tilsch. Anish Rajamanickam, Stokesbury, Max Raha) won with a winning time of 4:01.37. The 4×200 relay (Raha, Tilsch, Rajamanickam, V. Patchigolla) was second with a season-best time of 1:42.24.

Ian Albreski was second in the 1,000 meters (2:51.84), beating his previous personal best in the 1,000 meters by nearly 10 seconds. He also took fifth in the 3,200 meters (11:37.03).

Other top 10 finishes for the Falcons included Rhiannon Richmond, who was third in the 1,000 meters with a time of 3:18.43, Sara Leavens with a pair of third place finishes in the 1,600 meters (5:45.06) and 3,200 meters (12:11.24) and Hayley Dougela, who took third in the high jump with a season-best leap of 4-foot-8 and finished fourth in the 55 hurdles (9.73).

Sarah Lancaster finished seventh in the 1,600 meters (6:06.45) and Rachael Nori took tenth in the 3,200 meters with a time of 13:09.42.

Avon returns to action at the CCC Championship meet on Saturday.

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