WEST HARTFORD, May 22 – Avon High senior Carly Carpino has spent the track and field season trying out a variety of events. She qualified for the upcoming CIAC Class MM championships in eight events. But athletes are limited to three events in the CIAC championship meets.
Carpino will be focusing on the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and long jump – three events she competed in on Tuesday at the CCC West championship meet. Carpino swept the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles and took third in the long jump.
She helped the Avon High girls track and field team finish fifth in the CCC West championship meet on a rainy afternoon at Hall High School.
On the boys side, Anish Rajamanickam, Zach Tilsch and Matt Nyklicek each had a pair of top 10 finishes to help the Falcons finish sixth.
Carpino outdueled Northwest Catholic’s Katherine Jacobs to win the 100 hurdles by 0.06 of a second with a time of 15.36 seconds. In the 300 hurdles, Carpino rallied in the final 50 meters to outlast Simsbury’s Hannah Earnhardt by 0.35 of a second with a winning time of 47.08 seconds.
“I think I started out too slow in the 300 hurdles because I didn’t get a lot of time (to rest) after the 100 hurdles but I think on the last straightaway I tried to push it,” she said.
Carpino is the first Avon girl to win multiple individual events at the conference championship meet since Molly Hamel swept a pair of events at the 2015 North Central Connecticut Conference meet. Carpino was also third in the long jump with a leap of 16-9¾ feet.
While Carpino enjoyed competing in multiple events during the dual meet season, it will help her prepare for the CIAC heptathlon in June. She plans to compete in the heptathlon at Lehigh University next spring.
Avon sophomore Rhiannon Richmond came close to winning a conference title by took a close second place in the 1,600 meters losing to Simsbury’s Dagney Edwards by 0.03 of a second. Edwards surged at the end to nip Richmond, who finished with a time of 5:15.50. Avon’s Haley Gens (5:28.68) finished eighth in the 1,600 while teammate Sara Leavens (5:31.20) was ninth.
Senior Hayley Dougela came close to winning, too. She finished second in the high jump with a leap of 4-foot-10 – the same as Southington’s Allie Brown. But Brown took first because she cleared 4-10 without a miss while Dougela missed on her first attempt at 4-10.
Molly Milligan finished third in the triple jump (33-0 feet) and fourth in the 400 meters (1:00.90) while Leavens took a third in the 3,200 meters (11:42.45), just ahead of Gens (11:48.49), who finished fifth in the 3,200 meters.
In the 800 meters, Emily Foley finished seventh with a time of 2:26.32 while Audrey Worth took third in the pole vaults with a leap of 9-0 feet. Dougela took eighth in the triple jump (30-9).
Avon had a pair of relays finish in the top five. The Avon girls 4×400 relay (Ava Calma, Foley, Caroline Luby, Jamie Rubenstein) was fifth with a time of 4:35.70. Avon’s 4×800 relay (Milligan, Luby, Rubenstein, Rachel Martin) was also fifth with a time of 10:25.04.
Avon’s next competition is the CIAC Class MM championship meet on Thursday, May 31 at Middletown High.
Rajamanickam was the top athlete for Avon, taking third in the 400 meters with a time of 51.63 seconds. He was also seventh in the 200 meters with a time of 24.13 seconds, good enough to win his heat.
Avon’s Thomas Howard finished fourth in the 110 hurdles with a time of 17.35 seconds with teammate Thomas Ko taking fifth in 17.73 seconds, 0.69 of a second faster than he ran in the preliminary round. Howard was also sixth in the pole vault with a leap of 11 feet.
In the 300 hurdles, Avon’s Tyler Hinrichs was fourth with a time of 44.54 seconds. Zach Tilsch was sixth in the 100 meters with a time of 11.88 seconds and seventh in the long jump (19-0). Matt Nyklicek was eighth in the 1,600 meters (4:35.66) and ninth in the 3,200 meters (10:05.38). Eldah Romi was eighth in the triple jump (30-9).
Avon’s 4×400 relay team (Tilsch, Hinrichs, Venkata Patchgolla, Rajamanickam) finished fourth with a time of 3:38.90 while the 4×800 relay team (Hinrichs, Alvin Guo, Nyklicek, Ian Albreski) took fifth.
In the girls competition, Glastonbury’s Selina Soule won three events taking the 100 meters, 200 meters and long jump while Glastonbury’s Erin McGill (400, 800), Simsbury’s Dagny Edwards (1,600 and 3,200) and Southington’s Amanda Howes (shot, discus) won two events each. Simsbury did sweep two of the three relay races, taking the 4×100 and 4×400 races.
Glastonbury beat Southington to win the CCC West championship meet with Simsbury finishing third.
It was more balanced in the boys competition with just three multiple winners. Northwest Catholic’s Deante Anderson won the 100 meters and long jump with Hall’s Miller Anderson taking the 800 and 1,600 meters and Simsbury’s Jon Prell sweeping the shot put and discus. Hall did win two of three relays, capturing the 4×400 and 4×800 relays.
Hall won the meet with 178 points followed by Glastonbury (149½) and Southington (101½).
Team results — Glastonbury 183.4, Southington 121.2, Simsbury 116.2, Hall 91.2, Avon 86½, Conard 55½, Northwest Catholic 27, Farmington 20
Team results — Hall 178, Glastonbury 149½, Southington 101½, Northwest Catholic 88, Conard 65, Avon 43, Simsbury 39, Farmington 37