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Avon boys track tops Farmington while girls competition ends in a tie

FARMINGTON, May 16 – Anish Rajamanickam won three events while Zach Tilsch and Thomas Howard won two events each to lead the Avon High boys track and field team to a 81-64 victory over Farmington in CCC West action on Wednesday in the final dual meet of the season for both teams.

In the girls competition, Avon’s Carly Carpino and Hayley Dougela each won three individual events as the Falcons battled to a 75-75 tie with the Indians.

Rajamanickam captured the 400 meters with a time of 52.9 seconds, the 200 meters (23.6 seconds) and the triple jump with a leap of 36 feet and 4 inches. Tilsch swept the 100 meters (11.7) and the long jump (19-8¼) with Howard capturing the pole vault (11-6) and high jump (5-2).

Avon (5-3, 4-3 CCC West) received individual victories from Danny Rock in the discus (112-1), Matt Nylicek in the 800 (2:06.5) and Ian Albreski in the 3,200 meters (10:56.0). Avon’s 4×800 meter relay team (Brian Lancaster, Jonny Ross, Nick Shieh and Andrew Thomas) also prevailed with a winning time of 9:36.6.

Not only did Carpino win three individual events but she also ran on Avon’s winning 4×400 relay team (Carpino, Molly Milligan, Jamie Rubenstein, Emily Foley), which posted a winning time of 4:18.9.

Carpino swept the long jump (17-4¾), shot (27-4) and 300 hurdles (46.3). Dougela won the 100 hurdles (16.7), high jump (4-8) and triple jump (31-11½).

The Falcons (3-4-1, 2-4-1 CCC West) received individual victories from Audrey Worth in the pole vault (9-6), Haley Gens in the 3,200 meters (11:52.4) and Sara Leavens in the 1,600 meters (5:39.0).

It is believed to be the first tie for the Avon girls in 22 years since 1996.

Avon and Farmington return to action on Tuesday, May 22 when they compete in the Central Connecticut Conference (CCC) championship meet at Hall High in West Hartford.

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