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Conard Girls Win While Boys Lose to Avon in Track and Field Competition

Jillian de Costa Pinto of Conard wins the pole vault by clearing 9 feet. Conard vs. Avon track and field. May 3, 2022. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

Conard hosted the Avon girls and boys in track and field in West Hartford on Tuesday.

Callum Sherry of Conard bested Avon’s Jevonte Eves in the boys 800 meters. Conard vs. Avon track and field. May 3, 2022. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

By Paul Palmer  

Conard’s Track and Field squads used multi-event winners on both the boys and girls sides in Tuesday’s meet against Avon. In the end the boys lost by a score of 79 to 71 and the girls won with a score of 110 to 40.

It was a good day for the Sherry family in the distance events.

Senior Callum Sherry was coming off a second place finish in the 3K championship at the Penn Relays last weekend. His time of 8:25.86 is the sixth fastest time all-time for a Connecticut high school athlete.

Callum Sherry runs the anchor leg of the Conard boys 4×800 relay-winning entry. Conard vs. Avon track and field. May 3, 2022. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

Sherry anchored the Conard winning 4×800 relay to open the meet. Later, he out-dueled Avon’s Jevonte Eves in the 800 meters. Sherry held the lead for most of the race with Eves never far behind, but at the wire it was Sherry winning with a 1:58.91 to Eves’ 1:59.10.

Still later in the meet it was Callum’s twin sisters, Tess and Liv, running nearly stride-for-stride for the entire 3200 meters, and at the end it was Liv beating her sister by 16-hundredths of a second after 11 minutes of racing.

Twin sisters, Tess and Liv Sherry, are stride-for-stride in the girls 3200 meters. Conard vs. Avon track and field. May 3, 2022. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

It was also a good day for the Belabe’s on the track and in the field. Evan doubled in the 200 and 400 meters – leading a Conard sweep in the 200 with teammates Giancarlo Fedolfi and Landon Lagana following across the line. In the field events, Sasha Belabe won the discus with a toss of 69 feet, 6 inches and also took the shotput with a throw of 29 feet, 8.75 inches.

Audrey Kirkutis won the long jump, going 16 feet. Conard vs. Avon track and field. May 3, 2022. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

Conard Junior Audrey Kirkutis – who took second place at the Penn Relays last Thursday in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 6.5 inches, swept the long jump, triple jump, and high jump events on Tuesday.

Kirkutis won the long jump by nearly two feet. Ellie Schaefer was second in the triple jump and third in the long jump. Schaefer also ran the lead leg in the winning 4×400 relay for the Chieftains.

Senior Clare Gillis won the 100 meters in 13:17 and then came back to win the 200 meters in a time of 27:03. Teammate Mariana Temponi was third in both events and was also ran the lead leg of the winning 4×100 relay.

Conard’s Jillian de Costa Pinto clears a hurdle en route to her win in the 100m hurdles. Conard vs. Avon track and field. May 3, 2022. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

The Chieftains also won both the boys and girls pole vault events. For the girls it was senior Jillian da Castro Pinto winning the event at 9 feet. Angela Dulnuan was third for the Chieftains. Da Castro Pinto also won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 18:85 with Dulnuan also finishing third as well with a time of 19:87.

In the boy’s pole vault, junior Ewan MacKinnon’s winning height of 9 feet, 6 inches was one foot better than the second place finisher from Avon. Teammates Blake Ittleson (fifth) and Nathan Kluskiewicz (sixth) went out at 8-6 and 6-6 respectively.

Ewan MacKinnon clears the bar on his way to a first place finish in the pole vault. Conard vs. Avon track and field. May 3, 2022. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

Blake Ittleson concentrates as he plants in the pole vault. Conard vs. Avon track and field. May 3, 2022. Photo credit: Paul Palmer

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