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Top 5 finishes from Carpino, Leavens help Avon girls finish in top 10

Avon’s Carly Caprino finished second in the 55 meter hurdles at Saturday’s SCC Coaches Invitational in New Haven. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

NEW HAVEN, January 13 – The SCC Coaches Invitational attracts indoor track and field talent from across the state. Danbury, Glastonbury and Staples-Westport were among the competitors in a field that included 40 boys and girls teams competing at the Floyd Little Athletic Center at Hillhouse Saturday.

The Avon High girls indoor track and field team, led by senior Carly Carpino, finished tenth while the Canton High girls finished 18th overall. The Canton and Avon boys also competed.

Carpino has had an excellent winter on the track. She set two school records in winning the long jump and 55 hurdles at the Elm City Relays earlier this month. In late December, she won the pentathlon at the Boston Holiday Challenge.

At the SCC Coaches Invitational, Carpino extended her own school record in the long jump, winning the event with a school record leap of 17 feet, 9 inches. She took second in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 8.65 seconds, just off the pace set by senior Katherine Jacobs of Northwest Catholic, who won the race with a time of 8.61 seconds.

Canton’s Julia Caputo leads the pack in the 3,200 meters at the SCC Coaches Invitational in New Haven. Caputo finished fourth while Avon’s Sara Leavens (7) took fifth. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Avon teammate Sara Leavens finished fifth in the 3,200 meters with a time of 11:51.90 while Hayley Dougela finished eighth in the high jump with a leap of 4-8. Sophomore Rhiannon Richmond had a personal best time of 3:15.93 in the 1,000 meter run to finish 11th.

Avon’s 4×800 relay (Quinn Bailey, Ashley Martin, Richmond, Haley Gens) was 12th with a time of 10:47.43.

Canton had three fourth place finishes at the meet. Freshman Julia Caputo finished fourth in the 3,200 meters with a time of 11:43.41 while sophomore Chelsea Mitchell took fourth in the 55 meter dash with a time of 7.51 seconds.

On the boys side, Max Sparks finished fourth in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:33.99. Other top finishes for the Warriors came from Madeline Archangelo, who took 12th in the high jump with a leap of 4-8 and the Canton boys 4×400 relay (Michael Cavanaugh, Aidan O’Donnell, Andrew Obrzut, Sparks), who finished tenth with a time of 3:47.74.

Canton’s Chelsea Mitchell finished fourth in the 55 meter dash. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Avon’s 4×400 boys relay team (Tyler Hinrichs, Venkata Patchigolla, Anish Rajamanickam and Jack Stokesbury) set a new school record with a time of 3:48.90, which was good enough for 11th place.

Canton will compete at the Yale Invitational on Friday at historic Coxe Cage on the New Haven campus and participate in the NCCC Invitational on Saturday at Hartford Public. Avon will also be at the NCCC Invitational Saturday in Hartford.

Upcoming championship meets for Avon include the CCC championship meet on Saturday, January 27 at Hillhouse. For Canton, the NCCC championship meet will be Tuesday, January 30 also in New Haven at Hillhouse.

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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