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Record-setting Avon girls capture first indoor track trophy

NEW HAVEN, Jan. 14 – With three events in less than a week, the Avon High and Canton High indoor track teams are making their big push to prepare before next week’s NCCC championship meet at the Floyd Little Athletic Center at Hillhouse High in New Haven.

The Falcons and Warriors participated in Friday’s McReavy Invitational and just three days later, they both ran in the Jack Long Invitational on Monday. The two teams are also scheduled to run in the H-K Invitational on Saturday.

The Avon girls won the Jack Long Invitational, coming out ahead of 19 other teams with 119 points and four individual champions. Simsbury was second with 104 points. Canton was eighth among the small schools at the event.

On the boys side, Canton was fourth among the small schools in the event and seventh overall. The Avon boys were eighth overall, two points behind Canton.

The championship was the first in school history for the Avon High girls indoor program, which set seven new indoor school records in the meet.

Molly Hamel (3,200 meters, 11:36.24), Amanda Holtzman (600 meters , 1:46.90), Caroline Rendeiro (high jump, 4-10) and Chamiyah Rowland (55 meters, 7.58) won individual events while the Avon 1,600 meter sprint medley team (Karina Bucci, Stephanie Koo, Jennifer Koo and Sara Stokesbury) each finished first in their respective events.

Stokesbury was second in the 1,000 meters (3:12.61) while Kristen Goldie (3,200 meters, 12:49.81) , Hamel (1,600 meters, 5:32.40) and Rowland (300 meters, 47.26) also finished second in their respective events. Avon’s 4×200 relay team (Tara Shayler, Holtzman, Jennifer Koo, Maddi McHugh) also finished second in 4:27.37. Maeve Reiss was third in the 600 meters in 1:49.24.

Holtzman (600), Stokesbury (1,000) and Hamel (1,600 and 3,200) each individual records while the sprint medley, 4×200 and 4×400 meter relays set new marks.

The Canton girls were led by Eliza Chekas, who was second in the 3,200 meters in 13:53.83 and Lucy Tanner, who was third in the 55 hurdles in 10.20 seconds.

The Canton boys were led by Matt Graziano, who was second in the shot with a throw of 44 feet, six and a half inches. Matt Demarco (3,200, 10:44.28), Keith Wilson (55 hurdles, 8.45; 300 meters, 37.36) picked up three bronze medals.

The Warriors had two relays perform well. The 4×400 relay team of Julian Franklin, Wilson, Jim Spatcher and Augie Shaw was second in 3:51.83 while the 1,600 meter sprint medley relay team of Keith Loureiro, Wyatt Campbell, Jake Neely and Matt Demarco finished third in 4:05.92.

The Avon boys had two individual champions. Justin Allesio won the 3,200 meters in 10:16.76 while Evan Edgar captured the 300 meters in 39.11 seconds.

Alessio set a new indoor school record in the 3,200 meters, shattering the old mark set by MIke Oberhausen in 2011. Edgar also snapped the indoor school record in the 300 meters set in 2011 by Graydon Stewart.

A pair of relay teams finished third. The 4×200 relay (Frank Campanelli, Jack Kostal, Scott Frederick, Nathan Getz) ran a time of 1:49.76 while the 4×400 relay (Brett Holtzman, Evan Edgar, Ben Crawford, Campanelli) ran a time of 4:25.9.

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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