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Avon track teams win in final event at current 6-lane track complex

The Avon High boys and girls track teams beat Northwest Catholic Tuesday in the final athletic event at the current track complex that was built in 2000. Above, runners from a meet in 2013 race to the finish in the 100 meters.

AVON, April 16 – Thomas Howard won three events and earned a spot in the record books as the Avon High boys track and field team beat Northwest Catholic, 91-50 on Tuesday in the final athletic event to be held on the current six-lane track and field complex.

Construction is expected to begin next week on a new eight-lane track and field complex and synthetic turf field that town officials hope to have completed by August.

Voters in Avon approved the $2.99 million project last December by a vote of 1,220-783. The infill between the plastic blades of grass will be acrylic coated sand.

The project will replace the current track and field complex that dates back to 2000. Prior to 2000, there was a cinder track that surrounded the natural grass football field.

The track program will spend the remainder of the season practicing at Avon Old Farms with the remaining meets all on the road. For the last 10 years, Avon had just one or two meets a year on their home track.

Howard won the 100 meters, 110 hurdles and pole vault. He set new junior class records in the 100 meters with his time of 11.46 seconds and in the 110 hurdles with his time of 15.50 seconds.

Freshman Jack Martin outdueled teammate Anish Rajamanickham by 0.06 of a second to win the 800 meters with a winning time of 2:03.22. That is good enough for a new freshman class record in the event.

Thomas Ko (300 hurdles), Marek Cierniewski (javelin), Rajamanickham (long jump) and Jack Grady (high jump) also won individual events for Avon, now 2-0 on the season.

The Avon High girls track team (1-1) won their first meet of the season with a 106-26 win over Northwest Catholic.

Wren Worth won three events, sweeping the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and triple jump. Ali Janes swept the shot and discus for Avon while Jamie Rubenstein (400), Gabrielle Richmond (800), Rhiannon Richmond (1,600) Sarah Lancaster (3,200), Tessa Hotheimn (javelin) and Ava Howard (pole vault) also won individual events for Avon.

The Falcons return to action next Tuesday, April 23, when they travel to Glastonbury for another CCC West dual meet.

BOYS TRACK
Avon 91, Northwest Catholic 50
At Avon
4×800: Avon (Hinrichs, Patchigolla, Albereski, Guo) 8:57.77, NWC 9:05.05
4×100: Avon (Piao, Sweitzer, Wang, J. Donlin) 50.34
100: Thomas Howard (A) 11.46, Deveau (NW) 11.56, Drummond (NW) 11.61
200: Drummond (NW) 23.22, Deveau (NW) 23.76, Carpenter (NW) 24.37
400: Deveau (NW) 53.0, Tarvares (NW) 53.59, Tyler Hinrichs (A) 55.02
800: Jack Martin (A) 2:03.22, Anish Rajamanickam (A) 2:03.28, Alvin Guo (A) 2:17.06
1,600: Mark Nunziata (A) 4:52.77, Dean Matthew (NW) 5:02.12, Lucas Hester (A) 5:03.03
3,200: Dan Carvalho (A) 10:53.34, Lucas Hester (A) 10:53.37, Mark Nunziata (A) 11:08.64
110 hurdles: Thomas Howard (A) 15.50, Garcia (NW) 15.54, Thomas Ko (A) 16.32
300 hurdles: Thomas Ko (A) 49.90, Paul Netland (A) 51.33
4×400: Avon (Patchigolla, Martin, Hinrichs, Rajamanickam 3:40.18, Avon B 4:02.80, Avon C 4:18.74
Javelin: Marek Ciernewski (A) 147-2, Thomas Rizzo (NW) 109-7, Dan Quick (A) 105-7
Shot: Sky Dolce (NW) 40-3, Dan Quick (A) 37-2, Issac Riley (NW) 34-5
Discus: Sky Dolce (NW) 129-5, Issac Riley (NW) 98-10, Dan Quick (A) 87-6
Long jump: Anish Rajamanickam (A) 20-2¾, Lorenzo Garcia (NW) 19-11¾, Thomas Howard (A) 19-8¾
High jump: Jack Grady (A) 5-0
Triple jump: Lorenzo Garcia (NW) 41-8½, Anish Rajamanickam (A) 39-9, Jack Grady (A) 35-10½
Pole vault: Thomas Howard (A) 10-6
Record: Avon 2-0

GIRLS TRACK and FIELD
Avon 106, Northwest Catholic 26
At Avon
4×800: Avon 11:21.06, NWC 13:37.81
4×400: Avon 55.73
100: Kiana Woods (NW) 13.46, Ava Calma (A) 13.94, Cache Chisholm (A) 14.14
200: Kianna Woods (A) 27.74, Ava Calmer (A) 29.25, Ramina Scott (NW) 29.95
400: Jamie Rubenstein (A) 1:11.15
800: Gabrielle Richmond (A) 2:36.78, Caroline Luby (A) 2:37.11, Julia Burkacki (NW) 3:02.86
3,200: Sarah Lancaster (A) 12:38.16, Emma Buth (A) 13:39.19
1,600: Rhiannon Richmond (A) 5:34.65, Sarah Lancaster (A) 5:54.30, Gabrielle Richmond (A) 5:55.35
100 hurdles: Wren Worth (A) 19.14, Rachel Jackman (A) 19.80, Meg Alamar (A) 22.97
300 hurdles: Wren Worth (A) 57.33, Alyssa Crawford (A) 1:00.59, Rachel Jackman (A) 1:00.99
4×400: Avon (Alyssa Crawford, Caroline Luby, Jamie Rubenstein, Rhiannon Richmond)
Shot: Ali Janes (A) 25-3, Sophia Boudreaux (NW) 23-2, Tessa Hofheimer (A) 20-4
Discus: Ali Janes (A) 79-4, Sophia Boudreaux (NW) 61-0, Nella Chapell (NW) 55-11
Javelin: Tessa Hotheimn (A) 81-1, Sophia Boudeaux (NW) 72-5½, Alison Jones (A) 68-0
High jump: Audrey Bonk (NW) 4-4
Long jump: Katrina Frez (NW) 13-4
Pole vault: Ava Howard (A) 7-6, Jillian Casner (A) 6-6
Triple jump: Wren Worth (A) 28-9
Records: Avon 1-1

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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