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Avon girls grab 2nd straight NCCC title; Canton boys finish second

The Avon High girls indoor track and field won its second straight NCCC championship Monday in New Haven.

The Avon High girls indoor track and field won its second straight NCCC championship Monday in New Haven.

NEW HAVEN – There are no team trophy presentations at the NCCC indoor track and field championship meet. But, it’s not hard to find the championship team. Look for the team with athletes that have lots of medals dangling around their necks.

You didn’t have to look much farther than the Avon High girls and Ellington boys track teams.

With four winning relay teams and two individual champions, the Falcons easily won the NCCC championship for the second year in a row, beating Ellington by 48 points. On the boys side, Ellington won its third consecutive championship, beating Canton by 20 points. Keith Wilson won three individual events for the Warriors.

The Avon High boys finished sixth while the Granby boys were seventh. On the girls side, Canton was sixth and Granby was seventh. Canton’s Lucy Tanner brought home the first individual championship since 2007 with a victory in the 55 meter hurdles. Granby’s Katie Pinson won the 3,200 meters and set a new league record in the process.

It’s just the fifth season since Avon High resurrected its indoor track program. And Avon continues to be a dominant team, buoyed by its strength in the running events.

Avon won the 4×400 relay, 4×200 relay and 4×800 relay along with the 1,600 meter sprint medley relay. The tightest race came in the 4×200 relay (Chamiyah Rowland, Tara Shayler, Jennifer Koo, Christine Oberhausen), which beat Ellington by 0.01 of a second for the championship with a school-record time of 1:54.25.

Kristen Goldie, Amanda Holtzman, Sara Stokesbury and Molly Hamel ran on the winning 4×800 relay team while Holtzman, Ramin Raza, Shipa Donde and Maddi McHugh ran on the winning 4×400 relay. Rowland, Donde, Koo and McHugh made up the winning sprint medley relay.

McHugh won the 1,000 meters while Holtzman prevailed in the 600 meters for the second consecutive season. McHugh won with a school-record time of 3:11.11, breaking the record set a year ago by Stokesbury (3:12.61).

Rowland (55 meters), Hamel (1,600 and 3,200 meters) and Caroline Rendeiro (high jump) each finished second with Stokesbury (1,000), Jade Yen (shot) and Shayler (300) each taking third in their respective events.

The Granby girls finished sixth, led by Cindy Jones and Katie Pinson, who won NCCC titles in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters, respectively. Jones held off Hamel to win the 1,600 meters by about four seconds in 5:24.06. A year ago, Hamel won the race in 5:33.

Pinson nearly set a new meet record in the 3,200 with her winning time of 11:46.62, just a bit behind last year’s winning time of 11:46.29 run by Ellington’s Anna Chamberlain.

Granby’s 4×800 relay (Alexa Cipkas, Abby Shtekler, Pinson, Jones) finished behind Avon in 10:37.44, over five seconds behind Avon.

Cipkas was also fourth in the 1,000 meters while Shannon Ryan was fourth in the high jump with a leap of 4-feet, six inches.

“It’s been a good season,” Granby coach Bob Casey said. “We have about 10 or 12 girls here. We had a bunch of kids run (Class S) state qualifying times. But we’re not deep enough to run with an Avon.”

Keith Wilson, left, won three individual events for Canton while Lucy Tanner won the first individual title for the Canton girls since 2007.

Keith Wilson, left, won three individual events for Canton while Lucy Tanner won the first individual title for the Canton girls since 2007.

Tanner had an excellent meet for Canton. She won the 55 hurdles with a school record time of 9.47 seconds, snapping her own record that she set a week ago. It’s the first individual title for a Canton girl since Kim Powell (3,200) and Christina Turbach (long jump) won NCCC titles in 2007 – the first year of the team.

Tanner was also fourth in the high jump (4-foot-6) and ran on Canton’s sprint medley relay team (Morgan Scarfuri, Lindsey Milligan, Eliza Chekas) that finished fourth. Chekas was fourth in the 1,000 meters and fifth in the 3,200 meters. Abby Briggs took fourth in the 600 meters.

Canton’s 42½ points was the third highest they have scored at the NCCC championship meet and the most since 2010 when they had 45 points.

“Both teams (girls and boys) went way beyond what they were projected,” Canton coach Tim O’Donnell said.

In the boys race, Ellington was too deep for Canton, which had Wilson winning the 55 hurdles, 55 meter dash and 300 meter dash. He is the first Canton athlete to win three individual titles at the NCCC indoor track championship meet. Ryan Gallagher won twice (300, 600) in 2010.

Wilson acknowledged that rival Tyrik Henry of Enfield wasn’t in attendance and missed the races in the 55 hurdles and 55 dash. But Wilson still ran strong, winning the 55 hurdles by 0.63 of a second over Suffield’s Jamie Stephen. In the 55 meter dash, Wilson’s time of 6.79 seconds was too quick for teammate Riley Hollis, who finished second in 6.95 seconds.

Wilson defended his league championship in the 300 meters, beating Ellington’s Andrew Oliwa by three seconds.

Hollis did win the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 7.5 inches while teammate Colin Martin was third in 18-6.

Canton’s 4×400 meter relay (Wyatt Campbell, Martin, Hollis, John Solomon) also won a league championship. The Warriors led for the first two laps but fell into second place on the third leg. But Solomon was able to regain the lead for Martin, who was able to pull away in the fourth leg.

Canton's winning 4x400 relay team of, from left, John Solomon, Colin Martin, Wyatt Campbell and Riley Hollis.

Canton’s winning 4×400 relay team of, from left, John Solomon, Colin Martin, Wyatt Campbell and Riley Hollis.

Canton’s 4×800 meter relay (Zach Oliver, Athan Chekas, Will Briggs, James Yost) finished second along with the sprint medley relay team (Solomon, Ryan Pickett, Campbell, Dean Yost).

Dean Yost was third in the 1,000 meters with James Yost taking second in the 1,600 meters and fourth in the 3,200 meters. Solomon was fifth in the 55 hurdles.

Avon had three relays finish third. The 4×200 (Frank Campanelli, Jack Kostal, Evan Edgar, Zach Zweibel), the 4×800 (Andrew Suter, David Buyse, Collin Pritchard, Eric Kirk) and the 4×400 meter relay (Campanelli, Kostal, Edgar, Zweibel) each were third.

Among the individuals, Brett Holtzman (600 meters) and Edgar (300) each finished ith. Dan Renwick was sixth in the high jump and Suter was seventh in the 3,200 meters. Holtzman set a new school record in the 600 meters with his time of 1:34.44, breaking the record set by Jake Nyklicek in 2010 (1:35.82).

Tyler Beaupre had a good day for Granby, taking third in the 55 hurdles and the long jump. Jared Grier was fourth in the 300 meters while Jeff Turcotte was sixth in the pole vault. 

2014 NCCC indoor track and field championships
At New Haven

BOYS
Team results – 1. Ellington 136, 2. Canton 116, 3. Suffield 72, 4. East Windsor 44½, 5. Coventry 34, 6. Avon 32, 7. Granby 24½, 8. Enfield and Stafford 18, 10. Windsor Locks 5, 11. SMSA and East Granby 4

Individual results (top 3 plus Avon, Canton and Granby athletes in top 10)
4×200 relay: 1. Ellington 1:37.32, 2. East Windsor 1:42.48, 3. Avon (Frank Campanelli, Jack Kostal, Evan Edgar, Zach Zweibel) 1:42.73; 5. Canton (Wyatt Campbell, Ryan Pickett, Justin Fortier, Nate Hanson) 1:46.96; 7. Granby (Will Groskritz, Michael Gantt, Jeff Turcotte, Andrew Jennings) 1:52.19

4×800 relay: 1. Ellington 9:07.74, 2. Canton (Zach Oliver, Athan Chekas, Will Briggs, James Yost) 9:11.99, 3. Avon (Andrew Suter, David Buyse, Collin Pritchard, Eric Kirk) 9:27.83; 6. Granby (Andrew Ellis, Jeremy Ray, Andrew Jennings, Nick Pockoski) 9:51.96

55 hurdles: 1. Keith Wilson (Canton) 8.29, 2. Jamie Stephen (Suffield) 8.92, 3. Tyler Beaupre (Granby) 9.18, 5. John Solomon (Canton) 10.01. 8. Rico Biggart (Canton) 10.41

55 dash: 1. Keith Wilson (Canton) 6.79, 2. Riley Hollis (Canton) 6.95, 3. Patrick Caruthers (Ellington) 7.00, 9. Jared Grier (Granby) 7.21, 10. Michael Gantt (Granby) 7.28

1,000 meters: 1. Alex Norstrom (Coventry) 2:43.74, 2. Thomas Rigby (Suffield) 2:46.09, 3. Dean Yost (Canton) 2:46.59

600 meters: 1. Andrew Oliwa (Ellington) 1:31.09, 2. Thomas MacKintosh (Ellington) 1:31.28, 3. William Broding (Ellington) 1:32.13; 5. Brett Holtzman (Avon) 1:34.44, 7. Athan Chekas (Canton) 1:36.20, 9. Greg Oberhausen (Avon) 1:37.34, 10. Nick Pockoski (Granby) 1:37.75

1,600 meters: 1. Jordan Dixon (Ellington) 4:45.47, 2. James Yost (Canton) 4:47.57; 3. Albert Tebbets (Ellington) 4:51.51, 6. Will Briggs (Canton) 5:10.74, 7. Kurt Goldie (Avon) 5:11.88, 8. David Buyse (Avon) 5:15.34, 10. James Grant (Avon) 5:24.56

Sprint medley relay (200, 200, 400, 800): 1. Ellington 3:58.03, 2. Canton (John Solomon, Ryan Pickett, Wyatt Campbell, Dean Yost) 4:02.10, 3. East Windsor 4:07.08, 4. Avon (Frank Campanelli, Jack Kostal, Zach Zweibel, Brett Holtzman) 4:09.11, 5. Granby (Michael Gantt, Jared Grier, Tyler Beaupre, Will Groskritz) 4:11.68

300 meters: 1. Keith Wilson (Canton) 36.86, 2. Andrew Oliwa (Ellington) 37.16, 3. Colin Martin (Canton) 37.74, 4. Jared Grier (Granby) 38.71, 5. Evan Edgar (Avon) 39.24

3,200 meters: 1. Jordan Dixon (Ellington) 10:11.84, 2. Alex Norstrom (Coventry) 10:19.66, 3. David Clavet (Ellington) 10:28.34, 4. James Yost (Canton) 10:32.63, 6. Dean Yost (Canton) 11:00.99, 7. Andrew Suter (Avon) 11:04.70, 9. Collin Pritchard (Avon) 11:29.05

4×400 relay: 1. Canton (Wyatt Campbell, Colin Martin, Riley Hollis, John Solomon) 3:43.60, 2. Ellington 3:46.49, 3. Avon (Frank Campanelli, Jack Kostal, Evan Edgar, Zach Zweibel) 3:56.97, 5. Granby (Will Groskritz, Nick Pockoski, Jeremy Ray, Andrew Ellis) 4:09.86

Long jump: 1. Riley Hollis (Canton) 19-7½, 2. Damian Carrasquillo (Enfield) 19-3, 3. Colin Martin (Canton) 18-6, 4. Tyler Beaupre (Granby) 18-6

Shot: 1. Dan Gagnon (Ellington) 42-7.5, 2. Jaime Stephen (Suffield) 39-0, 3. Jacob Plourde (Coventry) 38-2

Pole vault: 1. Taylor Stephen (Suffield) 11-6, 2. David Stanco (East Windsor) 10-0, 3. Kerry McGeehan (Suffield) 10-0, 6. Jeff Turcotte (Granby) 8-0

High jump: 1. Taylor Stephen (Suffield) 6-0, 2. Jamie Stephen (Suffield) 6-0, 3. Kerry McGeehan (Suffield) 5-6, 6. Daniel Renwick (Avon) 5-2, 7. Rico Biggart (Canton) 4-10 

GIRLS
Team results — 1. Avon 116, 2. Ellington 68, 3. Stafford 60, 4. Suffield 56, 5. East Windsor 55, 6. Canton 42½, 7. Granby 38½, 8. SMSA and Coventry 21, 10. East Granby 20, 11. Enfield 4, 12. Windsor Locks 2

Individual results (top 3 plus Avon, Canton and Granby athletes in top 10)
4×200 relay: 1. Avon (Chamiyah Rowland, Tara Shayler, Jennifer Koo, Christine Oberhausen) 1:54.45, 2. Ellington 1:54.46, 3. East Windsor 1:57.38; 5. Canton (Hannah Bonini, Morgan Scarfuri, Elizabeth Raynor, Abby Briggs) 2:00.32, 7. Granby (Cassandra Miller, Rebeccca Rising, Lauren Wutka, Rachael Domanico) 2:00.92

4×800 relay: 1. Avon (Kristen Goldie, Amanda Holtzman, Sara Stokesbury, Molly Hamel) 10:31.95, 2. Granby (Alexa Cipkas, Abby Shtekler, Katie Pinson, Cindy Jones) 10:37.44, 3. Ellington 10:55.29, 4. Canton (Emily Jarka, Emily Coleman, D. Kronschnabel, Lindsey Milligan) 11:18.95

55 hurdles: 1. Lucy Tanner (Canton) 9.47, 2. Sam Eaton (East Granby) 9.81, 3. Gabbi Resto (East Windsor) 9.88, 7. Kaelyn Oliver (Canton) 10.29, 8. Rachel Domanico (Granby) 10.54, 9. Elizabeth Raynor (Canton) 10.70

55 dash: 1. Joy Padgett (SMSA) 7.44, 2. Chamiyah Rowland (Avon) 7.50, 3. Daisia Walker (East Windsor) 7.54, 10. Morgan Scafuri (Canton) 8.27

1,000 meters: 1. Maddi McHugh (Avon) 3:11.11, 2. Lauren Izabel (Suffield) 3:12.03, 3. Sara Stokesbury (Avon) 3:22.63, 4. Eliza Chekas (Canton) 3:30.06, 7. Hannah Carpino (Avon) 3:35.74

600 meters: 1. Amanda Holtzman (Avon) 1:43.38, 2. Rachel Pouliot (Coventry) 1:44.49, 3. Kaela Maloney (Stafford) 1:47.68, 4. Abby Briggs (Canton) 1:50.26, 8. Meredith McHugh (Avon) 1:56.97, 9. Caitlin Tennis (Granby) 1:57.77

1,600 meters: 1. Cindy Jones (Granby) 5:24.06, 2. Molly Hamel (Avon) 5:28.81, 3. Leah Cawthorn (Ellington) 5:38.81, 4. Alexa Cipkas (Granby) 5:49.32, 8. Emily Jarka (Canton) 6:15.90, 9. Ramin Raza (Avon) 6:17.15, 10. Emily Coleman (Canton) 6:18.52

Sprint medley relay (200, 200, 400, 800): 1. Avon (Chamiyah Rowland, Shilpa Donde, Jennifer Koo, Maddi McHugh) 4:40.80, 2. Suffield 4:43.29, 3. Stafford 4:45.86, 4. Canton (Lucy Tanner, Morgan Scarfuri, Lindsay Milligan, Eliza Chekas) 4:48.34; 6. Granby (Rebecca Rising, Casey Stickel, Cassandra Miller, Rachael Domanico) 5:04.78

300 meters: 1. Joy Padgett (SMSA) 44.27, 2. Daisia Walker (East Windsor) 44.53, 3. Tara Shayler (Avon) 45.21, 6. Shilpa Donde (Avon) 47.20, 7. Christine Oberhausen (Avon) 47.67, 8. Taiha Lewis (Granby) 48.33, 10. Lauren Wutka (Granby) 49.41

3,200 meters: 1. Katie Pinson (Granby) 11:46.62, 2. Molly Hamel (Avon) 11:56.66, 3. Leah Cawthorn (Ellington) 12:29.53, 5. Eliza Chekas (Canton) 13:04.06, 6. Kristen Goldie (Avon) 13:10.20

4×400 relay: 1. Avon (Amanda Holtzman, Ramin Raza, Shilpa Donde, Maddi McHugh) 4:28.33, 2. Ellington 4:31.62, 3. Suffield 4:37.60, 4. Canton (Abby Briggs, Lindsey Milligan, Kaelyn Oliver, D. Kronschnabel) 4:41.81. Granby DNF

Long jump: 1. Kelsey Sgarlatta (Ellington) 14-8, 2. Anna Samuel (East Granby) 14-6, 3. Marissa Simonelli (East Windsor) 14-2½, 6. Elizabeth Raynor (Canton) 13-6.5

Shot: 1. Jasmine Murray (Stafford) 32-3, 2. Samantha Boudreau (Stafford) 32-3; 3. Jade Yen (Avon) 29-10, 8. Jamie Lepito (Avon) 26-2, 9. Kylie Delos (Canton) 25-4

Pole vault: 1. Meaghan Clark (Suffield) 7-0, 2. Shannon Hendrickson (East Windsor) 6-6, 3. Courtney McFarlane (Suffield) 6-0

High jump: 1. Marissa Simonelli (East Windsor) 5-0, 2. Caroline Rendeiro (Avon) 4-8, 3. Rachel Gallison (Stafford) 4-6, 4. Shannon Ryan (Granby) and Lucy Tanner (Canton) 4-6

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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