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Carpino wins pentathlon at Patriot Games in Coventry; Dougela finishes third

Avon’s Carly Carpino, center, won the pentathlon Saturday at the first Patriot Games in Coventry. Teammate Hayley Dougela, far right, finished third in the event. (Photo courtesy David Zlatin)

COVENTRY, April 21 – Avon senior Carly Carpino won the pentathlon at the inaugural Patriot Games at Coventry High on Saturday with three personal best performances. Senior teammate Hayley Dougela had two personal bests in the five events and finished third.

Carpino won the event with 3,045 points, more than 200 points ahead of Ellington’s Megan Knowling with 2,814 points. Dougela took third with 2,314 points.

Carpino had personal-best performances in the shot (30-9 feet) and high jump (4-10). She tied her own school record in the long jump with a leap of 17-7½ feet. She had a time of 15.71 in the 100 hurdles and 2:41.65 in the 800 meters.

Dougela set new personal-best times in the 100 hurdles (17.36 seconds) and in the shot (23-10 feet). She earned a mark of 15-1 feet in the long jump, cleared 4-10 in the high jump and ran a time of 3:00.27 in the 800 meters.

Carpino and Dougelawere the only two Avon performers at the meet.

Carpino has already qualified for the Class MM tournament in six individual events. However, athletes are limited to three events each at the CIAC championship meets.

At the State Open, the CIAC hosts the state heptathlon, a two-day competition in seven events. Carpino finished third a year ago in the heptathlon.

The Falcons return to action on Tuesday, April 24, when they travel to Glastonbury for a CCC West contest.


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 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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  1. Donna Miller (Carpino)

    April 25, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    So proud of my niece (Carly). God Bless you.

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