Connecticut

Connecticut runners, teams in 2022 New England Cross Country meet.

The 87th New England Cross Country Championships will be held Saturday at Ponaganset High in North Scituate, Rhode Island.

The boys’ race starts at 11:30 am and the girls’ race at 12:15 pm

Where to Find Results: https://ri.milesplit.com/ and at http://www.cnesspa.com/

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Connecticut qualifiers, eye on runners

Connecticut Team Qualification: Danbury; Room; New Milford; Ridgefield; staples; xavier

Connecticut Individual Qualification: Brayden Bayek, Rocky Hill; Parker Broderick Fairfield Warde; David Carillo, Trumbull; Soheib Dissa Newtown; Brendan Fant, East Lyme; Liam Fedigan, right; Ryan Gruczka, Stonington; William Krause, Glastonbury; Griffin Mandirola, Suffield; Jack Mattingly, EO Smith; Christian Menounos, Woodstock Academy; Francis Porrini III, Bristol Central; Christian Zawislack, Greenwich.

3 Connecticut teams to watch

Under the direction of Mahler, room comes off a teams title at the CIAC State Open with 86 points. With four runners in the top 25, it has the depth to contend for the New England title. Ridgefield has his own share of depth, led by Hergenrother, and is second at the State Open with 113 points. xavier, led by Owen Martin and Alex Ushchak, will be motivated for a big finish after a disappointing fifth place finish at the State Open. The Falcons won the team titles at the SCC and Class L meetings.

5 Connecticut runners to watch

Brayden Bayek, Rocky Hill: Won the M class in 16:16 and finished fourth at the State Open in 16:05.

Steven Hergenrother, Ridgefield: Traveled in the postseason and has a win at the CIAC State Open (15:42), won the LL class race in 15:53 ​​and won the FCIAC meeting in 15:29. He was the top Ridgefield finisher at the 2021 New England meeting to lead the Tigers to the team’s third place finish (he finished 15th overall, 16:55.50).

Isaac Mahler, Halle: Mahler finished fourth in the LL class race in 16:08 and was the best Hall finisher, leading the team to the title with 59 points. He finished third at the State Open in 15:53 ​​and was the top Hall finisher, leading the team to the title.

Griffin Mandirola, Sufffield: Won the class SS race in 16:01 and finished a close second behind Hergenrother in the State Open in 15:48. He won the Wickham Park Invitational Small Division race in 16:01.

Owen Martin, Xavier: Martin won the Class L race in 16:08, leading the Falcons to the team title by 36 points. He was the top Xavier finisher at the State Open and seventh overall in 16:17.

GIRL

Connecticut qualifiers, eye on runners

Connecticut Team Qualification: EO Smith; Glastonbury; New Fairfield; New Milford; Ridgefield; trumpet

Connecticut Individual Qualification: Hunt Gilbert Old Lyme; Katherine Bohlke Newington; Hannah Andrejczyk Shelton; Alexa Ciccone Cheshire; Anna Omelchenko Wilbur Cross; Kelly Jones Lauralton Hall; Avery Maiese Waterford; Sophia Oliva Pomperaug; Charlotte Moor New Canaan; Stephanie Burzynski Somers; Jessica Lombardo Southington; Mia Gilbert Manchester.

3 Connecticut teams to watch

Glastonbury, the defending New England champions, New Milford, and Ridgefield are Connecticut’s top contenders for the team title.

Glastonbury is directed by Kelley MacElhiney, Lila Garbett and Brooke Strauss. Glastonbury won the LL class meeting with five runners finishing in the top 15 places. The Guardians followed by winning the State Open title by 65 points. They finished third at last season’s New England meeting with 22 points.

Ridgefield Second to Glastonbury in the LL class, led by Elizabeth Buonocore, who finished second in the LL class race (19:25). The Tigers won the FCIAC team title and Buonocore won the race in 14:36.

New Milford, who won the 2021 New England Championship by 140 points, is led by Sydney Kelleher. New Milford won the Class L team title with four runners finishing 11th or better. New Milford also won the SWC team title with four runners finishing in the top eight. Green Wave runners come second at the State Open with 131 points.

5 people from Connecticut to watch

Alexa Ciccone, Cheshire: 2nd at the SCC meeting (18:44), 2nd in Class L race (19:15) and 6th at the State Open (19:20). But this competitive athlete can walk and is ready for a big finish at the New England meet. According to mysportsresults.com, she is the only girl to stop 19 minutes at Wickham Park this season and win the Wickham Invitational in 18:57.

Chase Gilbert, Old Lyme: The rookie set the third fastest time of the day during the CIAC Divisional Meetings, winning the S-class race in 19:12. Gilbert was a close third at the State Open in 19:12. She also won the Wickham Park Invitational Small Division in 19:19.

Sydney Kelleher, New Milford: Had the second fastest time of the day over the Wickham Park course among the CIAC Divisional races to win the Class L race in 19:07. She also won the SWC meeting in 18:59.41. She finished 11th at the State Open (19:42). Has experience meeting in New England with an 11th place finish last season in 19:57.6.

Kathryn Marchand, Trumbull: Recently set fastest time of the day among the six CIAC Divisional races at Wickham Park, winning the LL class race at 19:00. Second at the State Open in 19:11 and second at the Wickham Park Invitational in 19:03.

Brooke Strauss, Glastonbury: After recovering from a right ankle injury in the second half of the regular season, she returned to action in the postseason and won the State Open in 19:05. Before he got injured, he won the Wilton Invitational in 14:37.3.

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