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Avon’s Carpino has three top 5 finishes while Richmond sets new school record

Avon’s Rhiannon Richmond finished third in the 3,200 meters at the Greater Hartford Invitational Saturday but still broke the school record in the event by more than two seconds. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

EAST HARTFORD, May 12 – Avon High senior Carly Carpino had three top five finishes at Saturday’s 87th Greater Hartford Invitational at East Hartford High to help the Falcons finish tied for sixth place. Teammate Rhiannon Richmond finished third in the 3,200 meters with a new school record time.

Carpino finished second in the 300 hurdles with a time of 49.74 seconds, just 0.18 of a second off the pace set by Trumbull’s Emily Alexander (49.56). Carpino was third in the 100 hurdles (15.64) finishing in a virtual tie with Granby’s Nicole Szilagyi (15.64) and was fourth in a tightly-contested long jump (16-9½) – only a half inch out of first place.

Ellington’s Megan Knowling won the long jump with a leap of 16-10 with Glastonbury’s Selina Soule second with a leap of 16-10 as well. Granby’s Lauren Roy was third with her jump of 16-9½.

Richmond finished third in a competitive 3,200 race with a time of 11:10.02. Somers’ Kylie Richmond (10:57.8) and Glastonbury’s Alexandra Ross (10:58.3) pulled away from the pack but Richmond didn’t falter and continued to run hard. She broke the school record (11:13.91) set by Claire Smith nine years ago at the 2009 Class M championship meet.

Hayley Dougela had three top 10 finishes, too. She was fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 32-4¼, sixth in the high jump with a jump of 4-8 and seventh in the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.63 seconds.

Other top 10 finishes for the Avon girls came from Sara Leavens, who was seventh in the 3,200 meters with a time of 11:46.83 and Emily Foley, who took ninth in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:38.62. The Falcons finished tied with sixth place with 35½ points. Glastonbury won the meet with 89½ points with Trumbull taking second with 80½ points.

The Avon High boys track and field team also competed at the Greater Hartford Invitational and had four individuals and two relays earn top 10 finishes.

Avon’s 4×400 relay team (Anish Rajamanickam, Zach Tilsch, Jack Stokesbury, Tyler Hinrichs) finished sixth with a time of 3:42.78. The Avon 4×800 relay (Stokesbury, Matt Nylicek, Alvin Guo, Ian Albreski) took seventh place with a time of 8:43.38.

Rajamanickham was seventh in the 200 meters with a time of 23.92 seconds and ninth in the 400 meters with a time of 52.57. Daniel Rock was ninth in the discus with a throw of 113-04 feet.

Hinrichs was tenth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 45.56 while Thomas Howard was 11th in the 110 hurdles with a time of 17.68 seconds.

The Avon boys finished 21st with seven points. Bristol Central easily won the meet with 97½ points with Tolland finishing a distant second with 66 points.

The Falcons get back to work on Tuesday when they close out the dual meet season with a meet at Farmington. The CCC championship meet is Tuesday, May 22 at Hall in West Hartford.

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