TUESDAY CROSS COUNTRY: Cheshire’s Murray, Sheehan’s Brown are mods of the quads

TUESDAY CROSS COUNTRY: Cheshire’s Murray, Sheehan’s Brown are mods of the quads


CHESHIRE — The well-worn course at Cheshire Park was teeming with footfalls once again Tuesday as the Cheshire Rams opened the cross country season with SCC quad meets against Lyman Hall and the conference’s parochial schools.

Cheshire senior Brendan Murray is in strong form early. He won the boys race in 15:55, with teammate Brendan Mellitt crossing in fifth in 17:37.

Lyman Hall’s Brian Oliveira placed seventh in 17:59 and Alex Fishbein-Ouimette eighth in 18:08.

With additional scoring from R.J.Ottens (11th, 18:38), Jack Murphy (17th, 18:51) and Brennan Toussaint (21st, 19:26), the Trojans went 1-2 on the day. They beat Notre Dame-West Haven (17-46) and lost to Xavier (17-42) and Cheshire (24-34).

In the girls meet, Cheshire went 3-0 against Lyman Hall (15-48), Sacred Heart Academy (15-48) and Mercy (22-33). The Trojans also lost to Mercy (18-46), but salvaged a win against Sacred Heart (22-34).

Mercy’s Rachel Cipolla was the overall winner in 21:29. She edged Cheshire’s Lauren Daddi by seven seconds.

By taking places 2-5, though, the Rams took control of the meet. Daddi (21:36) was directly followed by Rachel Kaplan (21:42), Aliza Taylor (22:08) and Amanda Addesso (22:09), with Emily Longmore finishing eighth (22:24).

“We are very happy to start off the young season with three wins. It sets the tone for the season,” said Cheshire coach Rob Schaefer. “We knew Mercy was back with another great team. Our girls rose to the occasion with some super early season races. Still, there is much to do if we want to be a great team this year.”

Lyman Hall’s top runner was Rachael Ruggiero. She was 10th in 22:38.

The Trojans got additional times from Emily Ottens (17th, 23:39), Lindsay Navickis (18th, 23:47), Kailey Lipka (19th, 24:15) and Cynthia Hernandez (29th, 26:16).

Sheehan: The Titans hosted a quad meet with West Haven, Hamden and Shelton, and the highlight was freshman Lizzie Brown winning the girls race by covering her home course in 20:25. Sheehan also got a third-place finish from senior Stephen Fengler in the boys race.

Both Sheehan teams went 1-2. The girls beat West Haven (15-46) and fell to Hamden (21-39) and Shelton (23-38). The boys also beat West Haven (19-44) and lost to Hamden (20-35) and Shelton (19-40).

Brown won the girls race by 1½ minutes. Sheehan also got an eighth-place finish from Sydney Carim (23:03). Maggie McComish (16th, 25:58), Amelia Mansfield (18th, 26:00) and Anna Thai (19th, 26:06) completed the home scoring.

Shelton’s Robert Dillon won the boys race in 16:52 ahead of Hamden’s Damon Swift (17:37). Fengler crossed in 17:38. Sheehan’s scoring was rounded out by Ben Gardiner (13th, 19:29), Tyler Carmin (15th, 19:46), Derrick Arnold (16th, 20:09) and Drew Waldron (17th, 20:20).

Maloney: The Spartans came away 0-2 from a CCC South tri-meet with Berlin and Bristol Central at Hubbard Park.

Maloney lost both races to Berlin 15-50. The boys lost by the same score to BC. The girls fell 18-44 to the Rams.

Bristol Central took the boys race behind overall winner Mark Petroski (17:08). Paced by Juliana Cancelliari (21:07), Berlin swept the girls event.

Maloney’s top runner was Morgan Kicklighter. She placed eighth in 23:52 followed by teammates Hannah Cloutier (20th, 28:28) and Haley Kennedy (25th, 29:37).

The boys got scoring from Dominic Oliveri (17th, 19:39), Reynaldo Torres (20th, 20:22) and Spencer Santagata (23rd, 21:08).

Wilcox Tech: The Indians split with Kaynor Tech at Black Rock State Park. The boys won 16-48 by taking the top three spots and five of the top six. The girls fell 18-42.

Overall winner Donny Uyou covered the 3.1-mile course in 20:30. He was followed by Wilcox teammates Israel Arce (22:06) and Jared Rivera (22:29). Luis Hernandez was fifth (23:02) and Bryce McClendon finished sixth (23:10).

The girls race was won by Kaynor Hanna Stovehen (23:56). The Indians were led by Shalyn Noble (4th), Megan Griffin (6th), Yamelette Calderon (9th), Jian Chen (12th) and Nyashia Gomes (13th).


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