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Three top 20 finishes for Rajamanickam at Elm City Coaches Invitational

track graphic 2NEW HAVEN, January 5 – Avon’s Anish Rajamanickam had three top 20 finishes and broke a school record to lead the Avon High boys indoor track and field team at the Elm City Coaches Invitational on Saturday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center at Hillhouse High.

No team scores were kept as individuals worked to qualify for the upcoming Central Connecticut Conference and CIAC state meets.

Some races had over 100 competitors. Rajamanickam finished sixth in the 300 meters with a time of 38.12 and took seventh in the 600 meters with a new indoor track school record time of 1:28.97. He also finished 16th in the long jump with a leap of 19-3¼ inches.

Freshman Jack Martin had a pair of top 10 finishes and a new indoor school record, too. Martin finished fifth in the 1,600 meters with an indoor school record of 4:39.32. He also finished eighth in the 1,000 meters with a time of 2:45.56.

Other top 20 finishes for the Avon boys came from Tyler Hinrichs, who was 14th in the 600 meters with a time of 1:30.25 and Hari Patchigolla, who was 19th in the 600 with a time of 1:31.00. Thomas Ko was 11th in the 55 hurdles with a time of 8.74 seconds while Max Raha was tied for 18th in the 55 meter dash with a run of 7.05 seconds.

On the girls side, Avon’s Rhiannon Richmond had an outstanding run in the 1,600 meters. Richmond was second with a time of 5:31.89, beating the third place runner Abby Potticay of RHAM by six seconds. However, Manchester’s Kate Hedlund had a dominant performance, winning the race in 5:18.36.

Other top 20 finishes came from Emma Buth, who was 15th in the 3,200 meters with a time of 12:40.07 and Wren Worth, who was 16th in the 55 hurdles with a time of 10.68 seconds.

The Falcons return to action on Saturday, January 19 at Hartford Public at the NCCC Invitational.

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