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Mitchell wins three events as Canton girls win second NCCC championship

The Canton High girls track and field team won their second NCCC championship on Tuesday in Coventry.

COVENTRY, May 21 – Junior Chelsea Mitchell won three individual events at Tuesday’s North Central Connecticut Conference championship meet and set new meet records in all three events to help lead the Canton High girls track and field team to their second NCCC championship.

Mitchell set new meet records in the 100 meters, 200 meters and long jump as Canton (16-0, 14-0 NCCC) won their first outright championship in school history. The Warriors shared the league title with Suffield in 2017.

Teams earn one point for each team they beat during the dual meet portion of the season and one point for each team they beat the league championship meet. Canton beat Suffield by 18 points, 148-130, to win the championship meet for the first time.

Suffield, which lost to Canton by just five points in a dual meet two weeks ago, could have grabbed a share of the championship by beating the Warriors. Suffield finished 13-1 in the NCCC.

In the boys race, Suffield beat Ellington by 11½ points to win a share of the league title. Ellington (14-0) was undefeated in the dual meet season with Suffield (13-1) finishing second. It’s the first NCCC title in boys track for the Wildcats since 1986 while Ellington won a share of the title for the second consecutive season.

Canton’s Peter Fuller had a personal-best time in winning the 110 high hurdles Tuesday at the NCCC championship meet.

Canton’s Peter Fuller won two events – taking the long jump and 110 hurdles to lead the Warriors boys team.

Mitchell was outstanding for the Canton girls but she received plenty of help. The Warriors scored in 17 of 18 events.

Madeline Archangelo won the 100 hurdles with a school record performance and the high jump while finishing second in the javelin. Maya Sutton Hall was second in the 100 meters behind Mitchell, fourth in the 300 hurdles and ran on the winning 4×100 relay team with Allison Celmer, Brooke Shepard and Kaylia Bailey.

Julia Caputo was second in the 3,200 meters, third in the 1,600 meters and ran on Canton’s 4×800 relay team (Caputo, Jenna Cuniowski, Lila Hunt, Helena Winkler). The 4×400 relay team (Bailey, Celmer, Hunt, Shepard) was also fourth. Julia Lau was third in the discus and fifth in the javelin.

Emma Gallant, Sarah Bowman, Sadie Barker, Megan Ausere and Mackenzie Archangelo each scored points by finishing in the top eight of their respective events.

“We had a close (dual) meet against (Suffield) so we knew we would have a tough one (here) because they have the twice the size of a team (than we do),” Canton coach Tim O’Donnell said. “Going from four to three events is tough and we knew we had to do better than we did in the dual meet.”

In a dual meet, athletes are allowed to participate in four events but in post-season events, athletes are limited to just three events.

O’Donnell urged his athletes to put forth their best effort in each event they were running in. “He told us to our best in each event,” Mitchell said. “All the points matter. There were a lot of underclassmen who stepped up and contributed with points.”

Mitchell broke her own school record in the 100 meters with a time of 12.02 seconds in the preliminary round and in the finals. She broke her own meet record set a year ago. Sutton-Hall was second with a time of 13.04 seconds.

Canton’s Chelsea Mitchell won three individual races on Tuesday and set three new NCCC championship meet records.

“My 100 was really good,” Mitchell said. “I was happy with that. It was probably my best performance.”

Mitchell broke the meet record in the 200 meters with a time of 25.33 despite being slowed by a stiff breeze as she rounded the corner toward the straightaway and final 50 meters of the race. Mitchell beat East Granby’s Schyler Wyse (27.31) by nearly two seconds.

It was the third straight year that Mitchell has won the 100 and 200 meters at the NCCC championship meet.

For the second consecutive year, Mitchell won the NCCC title in the long jump with a school record leap of 18-7½ feet. She broke the meet record of 17-5½ set 15 years ago in 2004.

Madeline Archangelo set a new school record with her win in the 100 hurdles with her time of 16.18 seconds. She beat Rockville’s Alyssa Sirianni, who was second in 16.44 seconds. Archangelo also won the high jump with a leap of 4-10. She added a second place finish in the javelin with a throw of 100-5 feet.

Fuller won the high jump with a leap of 6-3, easily outleaping the field. Stafford’s James Missell was second with a leap of 5-10. Fuller also won the 110 hurdles with a personal-best time of 15.71 seconds to beat Ellington’s Connor Cahill (16.09). Fuller was also second in the 200 meters.

Canton (13-3, 11-3) finished sixth with 48 points – their first time out of the top five since 2008.

Madeline Archangelo won two events Tuesday at the NCCC championship meet — the 100 hurdles and the high jump.

Brandon LaClair was fourth in the pole vault while James Pelehach (discus), Andrew Obruzut (400) and Adam Obrzut (shot) each finished seventh.

Granby finished fifth in the boys championship meet and in the girls championship meet. The boys were led by Andel Smith, Jr., who swept the long jump and triple jump while finishing fourth in the high jump. The girls were led by Lauren Roy, who won the triple jump, took second in the long jump and was fourth in the high jump.

BOYS
Team results – 1. Suffield 126, 2. Ellington 114½, 3. Hartford Classical 84½, 4. Coventry 66, 5. Granby 63, 6. Canton 48, 7. Stafford 33, 8. Somers and SMSA 31, 10. Windsor Locks 29, 11. Bolton 24, 12. East Windsor and HMTCA 19, 14. East Granby and Rockville 7
Individual results (more to added later)
4×800: Classical Magnet (Issac Duru, Joshua Fee, Stephen Mallard, Jackson Tenevck) 8:31.11
4×100: Classical Magnet (Stephen Babalola, Dorian Bernard, Jarred Griffon, S. Pinthieire) 45.87
100: Keith Berrouet (SMSA) 10.99, new meet record (Old Mark. N. Sheeley, Granby 11.11, 2000)
200: Keith Berrouet (SMSA) 22.13, new meet record (Old mark A. Anderson, Enfield, 22.48, 2007)
400: Preston Aldrich (Ellington) 51.94
800: Nick Sinofsky (Suffield) 1:59.18
1,600: Nick Sinofsky (Suffield) 4:33.87
3,200: Kyle Englander (Suffield) 10:07.14
300 hurdles: Jared Sharp (Suffield) 41.54
110 hurdles: Peter Fuller (Canton) 15.71
4×400: Ellington (Preston Aldrich, Anthony Massaro, Nicholas Sivo, Joshua Stone) 3:30.97
Shot: Ethan Wilkie (Ellington) 45-4
Discus: Joseph Lanham (Coventry) 125-10
Javelin: John Dion (Suffield) 138-6
High jump: Peter Fuller (Canton) 6-3
Long jump: Andel Smith, Jr. (Granby) 21-3
Triple jump: Andel Smith, Jr. (Granby) 42-1½
Pole vault: Jared Sharp (Suffield) 12-0

NCCC 2019 Boys Track and Field

Team Dual DM LCM Pts. Overall
x-Ellington 14-0 14 13 27  
Suffield 11-1 11 14 25  
Granby 11-3 11 10 21  
Coventry 10-4 10 11 21  
Canton 11-3 11 9 20 13-3
Classical 5-7 5 12 17  
Stafford 5-7 5 8 13  
Somers 6-8 6 12½  
Bolton 8-6 8 4 12  
Windsor Locks 3-7 3 5 8  
SMSA 1-12-1 6  
Rockville 7-7 7 0 7  
East Windsor 2-11-1 2  
East Granby 4-10 4 0 4  
HMTCA 0-12 0 2 2  

x-won league championship
Teams earn one point for each NCCC team they beat in dual meet season (DM) and one point for each team they beat at the league championship meet (LCM)

Suffield races toward in the finish in the 4×400 relay race at Tuesday’s NCCC championship meet.

GIRLS
Team results – 1. Canton 148, 2. Suffield 130, 3. Somers 96, 4. Ellington 81, 5. Granby 74, 6. Coventry 44, 7. East Granby 26, 8. Rockville 25, 9. Stafford and Hartford Classical 23, 11. East Windsor and Bolton 11, 13. Windsor Locks 8, 14. HMTCA 1
4×800: Suffield (Karissa Stanio, Haley Young, Emily Brydees, Carly Mattews) 10:32. 75, 2. Somers 10:38.01, 3. Coventry 10:43.29, 4. Canton (Julia Caputo, Jenna Cuniowski, Lila Hunt, Helena Winkler) 10:48.84, 5. Rockville 10:50.14, 6. Ellington 11:14.66
4×100: Canton (Kaylia Bailey, Allison Celmer, Brooke Shepard, Maya Sutton-Hall) 50.91, 2. Suffield 51.61, 3. Ellington 51.82, 4. Granby (Naviah Barrow, Jalyn Brown, McKenzie Pedersen, Megan Wassick) 51.97, 5. East Granby 53.93, 6. Stafford 53.96
100: Chelsea Mitchell (Canton) 12.02, new meet record (Old record, C. Mitchell, Canton, 12.37, 2018); 2. Maya Sutton-Hall (Canton) 13.04, 3. Stephanie Brown (Stafford) 13.12, 4. Megan Wassick (Granby) 13.18, 5. Sarah Kent (Suffield) 13.23, 6. Victoria Kent (Suffield )13.53
200: Chelsea Mitchell (Canton) 25.33, new meet record (Old record, C. Palmer, Stafford, 25.52, 2014); 2. Schyler Wyse (East Granby) 27.31, 3. Stephanie Brown (Stafford) 27.66, 4. Kaylia Bailey (Canton) 27.71, 5. Olivia Suter (Somers) 27.99, 6. Kasey Schultz (Ellington) 28.56
400: Mary Rusnock (Suffield) 1:00.61, 2. Sarah Kent (Suffield) 1:02.12, 3. Maria Nolan (Granby) 1:02.71, 4. Anna Moser (Ellington) 1:03.14, 5. Ella Moser (Ellington) 1:04.51, 6. Abigail Bajorek (Rockville) 1:04.67
800: Clara Mattson (Ellington) 2:26.80, 2. Katherine Platt (Suffield) 2:28.77, 3. Kathryn Germon (Coventry) 2:30.22, 4. Angelina Gill (Stafford) 2:30.31, 5. Treena Pitts (Somers) 2:34.58, 6. Carly Matthews (Suffield) 2:25.47
1,600: Kathryn Bonanno (Ellington) 5:23.60, 2. Kylie Raymond (Somers) 5:28.53, 3. Julia Caputo (Canton) 5:33.75, 4. Emily Brydges (Suffield) 5:38.13, 5. Aleynah Taylor (WL) 5:48.21, 6. Karissa Stanio (Suffield) 5:50.38
3,200: Kylie Raymond (Somers) 11:19.82, 2. Julia Caputo (Canton) 11:39.31, 3. Kathryn Bonanno (Ellington) 11:57.06, 4. Emily Brydges (Suffield) 12:00.02, 5. Karissa Stanio (Suffield) 12:24.08, 6. R. St. Germain (Somers) 12:26.87
100 hurdles: Madeline Archangelo (Canton) 16.18, 2. Alyssa Sirianni (Rockville) 16.44, 3. Olivia Suter (Somers) 17.25, 4. Karinn Sharp (Suffield) 17.61, 5. Blakely Hale (Ellington) 17.76, 6. Halle Raina (Somers) 17.92
300 hurdles: Olivia Suter (Somers) 48.67, 2. Madison Holden (Ellington) 49.23, 3. Karinn Sharp (Suffield) 49.71, 4. Maya Sutton-Hall (Canton) 50.79, 5. Allison Celmer (Canton) 51.80, 6. Emily Brayton (Somers) 51.86
4×400: Suffield (Sarah Ken, Katherine Platt, Mary Rusnock, Meghan Tillona) 4:14.12, 2. Ellington 4:15.89, 3. Granby (Addy Fede, Meggie Hennessey, Maria Nolan, McKenzie Pedersen) 4:27.23, 4. Canton (Kaylia Bailey, Allison Celmer, Lila Hunt, Brooke Shepard) 4:31.19, 5. Coventry 4:39.11, 6. Somers 4:42.59
Shot: Payge Boyd (Classical) 36-6, 2. Emma Coggins (Suffield) 33-3, 3. Emily Renzoni (Somers) 32-3, 4. T. Haugabook (Granby) 32-2, 5. Sara Bowman (Canton) 31-6, 6. Sadie Barker (Canton) 30-10
Discus: Emily Renzoni (Somers) 110-8, 2. Payge Boyd (Classical) 103-11, 3. Julia Lau (Canton) 95-4, 4. Madeline Buske (Coventry) 95-2, 5. Randi Nelson (Classical) 93-4, 6. Brooke Dutton (Coventry) 89-8
Javelin: Brooke Dutton (Coventry) 106-10, 2. Madeline Archangelo (Canton) 100-5, 3. Hannah LeVasse (Coventry) 97-4, 4. Abby Turbridy (East Granby) 96-4, 5. Julia Lau (Canton) 94-6, 6. Jordin Dion (Suffield) 92-5
High jump: Madeline Archangelo (Canton) 4-10, 2. Allison Essig (Ellington) 4-10, 3. Karinn Sharp (Suffield) 4-8, 4. Lauren Roy (Granby) 4-6, 5. Emma McConnell (East Windsor) 4-6, 6. Eliza DeGiacomb (Rockville) 4-6
Long jump: Chelsea Mitchell (Canton) 18-7½, new meet record (Old mark, W. Tagliavini, Suffield, 17-5½, 2004); 2. Lauren Roy (Granby) 17-3, 3. Megan Wassick (Granby) 16-3½, 4. Meghan Tillona (Suffield) 15-11½, 5. Schyler Wyse (East Granby) 15-7½, 6. Claire Langton (Bolton) 15-3
Triple jump: Lauren Roy (Granby) 33-7½, 2. Claire Langton (Bolton) 31-9½, 3. Madison Holden (Ellington) 31-3½, 4. Sara Bowman (Canton) 30-10, 5. Mackenzie Archangelo (Canton) 30-9, 6. Marianne Daless (Somers) 29-11
Pole vault: Sophie Lupone (Suffield) 10-6, new meet record (Old Mark, G. Attanasio, Suffield, 10-0, 2018); 2. Delani Raina (Somers) 7-6, 3. Darby Ritchie (East Windsor) 7-6, 4. Evelyn Broke (Granby) 7-6, 5. Gianna Grimaldi (Granby) 7-0, 6. Megan Ausere (Canton) 6-6

2019 NCCC Girls Track and Field

Team Dual DM LCM Pts. Overall
x-Canton 14-0 14 14 28 16-0
Suffield 11-1 11 13 24  
Granby 12-2 12 10 22  
Ellington 11-3 11 11 22  
Somers 10-4 10 12 22  
Coventry 8-6 8 9 17  
Stafford 7-5 7 12½  
East Granby 5-9 5 8 13  
Rockville 6-8 6 7 13  
Bolton 6-7-1 10  
East Windsor 4-9-1 8  
Classical 2-10 2  
Windsor Locks 1-9 1 2 3  
HMTCA 1-11 1 1 2  
SMSA 0-14 0 1 1  

x-won league championship
Teams earn one point for each NCCC team they beat in dual meet season (DM) and one point for each team they beat at the league championship meet (LCM)

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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