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Rajamanickam, Richmond bring home CCC West divisional titles

WEST HARTFORD, May 21 – Anish Rajamanickam and Rhiannon Richmond won CCC divisional titles on Tuesday at the CCC West track and field championship meet at Hall High.

Rajamanickam won the 400 meters, beating Glastonbury’s Andre Rison by 0.22 of a second with a time of 50.37 to earn All-Conference honors, which goes to the top two finishes in each event. Rajamanickam also finished fifth in the 200 meters with a time of 23.13 seconds.

Richmond won the girls 3,200 meter run by nearly 24 seconds over Glastonbury’s Angela Braga. Richmond earned All-Conference honors with her winning time of 11:22.88.

Tyler Hinrichs earned All-Conference honors by taking second in the 300 meter hurdles with his time of 42.05 seconds, just trailing Glastonbury’s Devin Wasliefsky (41.50). Third in the race was Hinrichs’ teammate Thomas Howard with a time of 42.89.

Howard finished second in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.65 seconds behind Southington’s Elijah Rodriguez (15.27). Howard ran a time of 16.15 in the preliminary round and cut it significantly in the finals.

Rajamanickam, Hinrichs, Jack Martin and Hari Patchgolla ran in the 4×400 relay and finished third with a time of 3:31.28 – the tenth fastest time in team history.

Jack Grady finished sixth in the triple jump (37-6¾) and seventh in the high jump (5-4) while freshman Paul Netland finished seventh in the 110 hurdles with a season-best time of 18.08 seconds.

Jack Martin was sixth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:05.08 while Patchigolla was seventh in the 400 meters (53.79). The Avon boys finished sixth with 60 points.

“I think the overall place (6th) and season record (3-3-1) is not indicative of how successful our season was,” Avon High boys coach David Zlatin said. “Competing against 3 (Class) LL schools (Southington, Glastonbury, Conard) and 3 (Class) L schools (Hall, Simsbury, Farmington), the boys more than held their own, deservedly having three athletes earn all conference.  We’ve qualified five boys for (New Balance) Nationals (in North Carolina in June) and broke two school records.  We look forward to more success when we compete against similar-sized schools at next week’s (Class) MM meet (on May 29 in Middletown).”

Alyssa Crawford finished fourth for the Avon girls in the 400 meters with a time of 1:04.18 while freshman Tessa Hofheimer had a pair of top 10 finishes. Hofheimer was fourth in the javelin with a throw of 89-08 feet and eighth in the discus (71-2). The Avon girls were also sixth with 29 points.

CCC West championship meet
At Hall-West Hartford
BOYS: 1. Hall 179½, 2. Glastonbury 163½, 3. Conard 79, 4. Simsbury 71½, 5. Southington 68½, 6. Avon 60, 7. Farmington 42, 8. Northwest Catholic 30
GIRLS: 1. Southington 179, 2. Glastonbury 153½, 3. Hall 149½, 4. Conard 80, 5. Simsbury 76, 6. Avon 29, 7. Farmington 19, Northwest Catholic 7

2019 CCC West Championships

Avon CCC divisional champions
2019 CCC West: Rhiannon Richmond (3,200), Anish Rajamanickam (400)
2018 CCC West: Carly Carpino (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles)
2017 CCC Central: Carly Carpino (long jump)
2016 CCC Central: Geoff Kirk (shot, discus, javelin)

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