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Julia Caputo, Rhiannon Richmond earn berths in New England championships

Julia Caputo became the first Canton girl to earn a berth to run at the New England championships at Friday’s State Open championship meet. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

MANCHESTER, November 1 – With her second-best time of the season, Canton High junior Julia Caputo became the first girl in school history to qualify for the New England cross country championships with a 15th place finish at the State Open at Wickham Park.

Caputo finished with a time of 19:39 to secure a berth at next week’s New England championships, also being held at Wickham Park. The top six teams and top 25 individuals in Connecticut earned invitations to the New England championship meet.

Caputo was fourth at the CIAC Class SS championship meet on October 26 with a time of 19:39.

Avon’s Rhiannon Richmond earned a berth in the New England championships with a top 25 finish at the State Open on Friday. (Photo courtesy Richmond family)

Avon High senior Rhiannon Richmond, who won the Class MM championship, also qualified for the New England championships with her 23rd place finish at the State Open. Richmond’s time of 19:50 was her best time of the season at Wickham Park in four races on the course.

Gabrielle Richmond also ran at the State Open for the Falcons, finishing 132nd with a time of 22:09.

The Avon High boys cross country team finished 16th in the State Open – their best finish at the event since 1984 when the Falcons finished 15th.

Sophomore Jack Martin, who captured the Class MM championship a week ago, led the Falcons with a time of 17:02, good enough for 28th place in the field of more than 200 runners. Tyler Hinrichs finished in the top 50 with his 49th place finish and a time of 17:28.

Other Avon runners at the State Open included Daniel Carvalho (85, 17:58), Carver Morgan (114, 18:19), Lucas Hester (120, 18:35), Jevonte Eaves (136, 18:57) and David Parry (139, 19:02).

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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