NEW HAVEN, January 27 – Athletes on the Avon High indoor track team broke four indoor school records Saturday at the Central Connecticut Conference championship meet and nearly erased a fifth mark.
Senior Jack Stokesbury lowered his own school record in the 600 meters and three Avon relay teams set school records at Saturday’s CCC championship meet at the Floyd Little Athletic Center at Hillhouse High.
The Avon boys and girls each posted their best-ever team finishes at the CCC championship meet. The girls finished 13th with 14 points while the boys were 16th with 10 points. It’s the most points that the Avon teams have scored ever in a CCC championship meet.
With a time of 1:29.34, Stokesbury lowered his own school record in the 600 meters, finishing tenth in the event. Avon’s 1,600-meter sprint medley relay team (Max Raha, Venkata Patchigola, Stokesbury and Matt Nylicek) set a new school record of 4:00.30, good enough for ninth place.
Zach Tilsch, V. Patchigola, Stokesbury and Anish Rahamanickam set a school record in the boys 4×400 meter relay with a time of 3:43.98, which enabled the team to finish seventh. They snapped the old record by nearly five seconds.
The Avon 4×200 relay (Rahah, V. Patchigola, H. Patchigola and Rahamanickam) set a new school record with an eighth place finish with a time of 1.37.9.
Tilsch had the best individual performance yet in Avon’s three years at the CCC championship meet with his second place finish in the long jump. Tilsch took second with a leap of 19-11¼ feet, a quarter inch ahead of Bloomfield’s Ajrael Anderson with a leap of 19-11. Glastonbury’s Eric Collerin won the event with a leap of 20-5¼.
Rhiannon Richmond just missed Molly Hamel’s school record in the 1,600 meters with her fourth place time of 5:24.86. That was just 0.3 of a second off Hamel’s record performance. Richmond also had a second top 10 performance by taking eighth in the 1,000 meters with a time of 3:12.9.
Senior Haley Gens had a personal-best time of 11:38.68 in the 3,200 meters and finished third. She also took seventh in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:33.32.
Senior Sara Leavens finished ninth in the 3,200 meters with a time of 11:51.90 while senior Hayley Dougela was tenth in the 55 hurdles (10.16) and the high jump (4-6).
Senior Carly Carpino wasn’t able to participate due to an injury but is expected to be able to compete in the upcoming Class L championships on Thursday, February 8, at Hillhouse and the Floyd Little Athletic Complex.
Carpino was the top qualifying mark in the 55 meters (8.58) and long jump (17-9) for the Class L championship meet and the No. 2 qualifying mark in high jump (4-9½).
The Falcons will get back to competition on Saturday when they compete at the Last Chance Qualifier at Hartford Pubic on Saturday.
BOYS: 1. Hall 68½, 2. Glastonbury 58½, 3. Tolland 52, 4. Bloomfield 46½, 5. Southington 41½. Other teams: 16. Avon 10
GIRLS: 1. Glastonbury 92, 2. Bloomfield 74, 3. Windsor 67, 4. Rocky Hill 44, 5. Southington 43. Other teams: 13. Avon 14.