ELLINGTON – The rest of the track and field teams in the North Central Connecticut Conference are probably not very happy with the residents of the town of Canton.
Why? The Canton High boys track and field team won four consecutive NCCC Tournament championships from 2010-13 without having a track and field facility on campus. The only time that Canton could practice pole vault, discus or high jump would be during an actual event or a few times during the season at a nearby school.
Last spring, Canton voters approved building a new athletic complex that included a track. It opened last November and this spring, the Warriors had their own track and field facility where they could practice five days a week.
With depth across the board, Canton won its fifth straight NCCC Tournament boys championship Tuesday with a 157½-123½ win over Ellington. It also clinched a fourth consecutive NCCC championship for the Warriors.
Keith Wilson led the Warriors with victories in the 200 and 400 meters and a close second in the 100 meters. Cam Daley won the javelin and 300 hurdles and was second in the 110 high hurdles.
Enfield’s Tyrik Henry won three individual events. He won the long jump and swept the 100 meters and 110 high hurdles. Henry ran two races (100, 110 high hurdles) in a matter of about 10 minutes. Avon’s Jake Sartain swept the high jump and triple jump while taking second in the long jump. Ellington’s Jordan Dixon swept the 1,600 and 3,200 meters.
On the girls side, Avon won its second straight NCCC Tournament and clinched its third NCCC championship in the past five seasons with a balanced effort across the board. Avon beat Suffield by over 25 points, 141½ to 116. Avon junior Maddi McHugh won 400 and 800 meters and ran the anchor lead on Avon’s winning 4×400 relay team. She is believed to be the first Avon girl to capture three first medals in a single day at the league championship meet.
Stafford freshman Cassidy Palmer set two new league meet records in sweeping the 100 and 200 meters. Stafford’s Jasmine Murray swept the shot put and discus, setting a new league record in the shot. East Windsor’s Marrissa Simonelli also won a pair of events, capturing the high jump and triple jump.
Canton’s sophomore Lucy Tanner set a new league meet record when she won the 300 meter hurdles.
“Canton is good,” Ellington coach Peter Corbett said. “It’s easy to say they have Keith Wilson. But clearly, there is a cast around him. They’re a well-balanced team.”
Canton scored in 16 of 18 events – only missing out in the high jump and the 4×800 relay when they were disqualified for a lane violation. “I like to win but it’s nice to win with balance and so many kids having a part in winning the meet,” Canton coach Tim O’Donnell said.
Devon Glasson won the shot and was third in discus while teammate Colin Martin was second in the triple jump, fifth in the long jump and sixth in the 100 meters. James Yost was second in the 1,600 meters and fifth in the 3,200 meters. His twin brother, Dean, was fifth in the 800 and 1,600 meters.
Canton athletes were second, third and fifth in the discus. In the 400 meters, they took first, third and sixth place. In the 200, Wilson and Nico Tucillo swept the first two spots.
McHugh led a balanced Avon squad that received points in 17 of 18 events. Kaely Quijano won the pole vault with her sister, Kiely taking third. The Falcons won the 4×800 and 4×400 relays.
Molly Hamel took second in the 3,200 meters and third in the 1,600 meters. Erin Sherman was third in the javelin, fourth in the discus and seventh in shot. Carly Regalado was second in the 300 hurdles and fourth in the 100 hurdles. Chamiyah Rowland was third in the 100, Tara Shayler was fourth in the 200, Karina Bucci was seventh in the long jump, Caroline Rendeiro was tied for fourth in the high jump and Maeve Reiss was second in the triple jump.
The only event Avon was shut out of was the 4×100 relay when they were disqualified for a lane violation. Avon actually finished third in the race.
“It was a nice well-rounded effort,” Avon coach Al Dadario said. “Talentwise, we have a few exceptional athletes. However, different girls picked it up today to lead us to the victory. It’s a very satisfying victory to beat Suffield.”
With the win in the league championship meet, Avon clinched the NCCC title. Team earns one point for each dual meet victory and one point for each team they beat at the league championship. On the boys side, Canton clinched its fourth straight league championship with the victory.