TUESDAY CROSS COUNTRY: Southington’s Izzo breaks Sloper record; Sheehan’s Brown captures quad; Mellitt’s the man for Cheshire; Wilcox bolts to 3-0

TUESDAY CROSS COUNTRY: Southington’s Izzo breaks Sloper record; Sheehan’s Brown captures quad; Mellitt’s the man for Cheshire; Wilcox bolts to 3-0



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SOUTHINGTON — Southington’s dynamic duo of sophomore Jackie Izzo and junior Grace Michaud tore through the field in a CCC cross country tri-meet win over Avon and Conard on Tuesday afternoon at Camp Sloper.

Izzo shattered the previous course record by 34 seconds in pacing the field with a 20:26 as Southington topped Conard (17-40) and Avon (23-34). The previous record at Sloper was set in 2013 by Conard’s Liz Lagoy.

Michaud ran a 21:12 in placing second.

“For Jackie to do that is impressive, and Grace will close that gap with her as well,” Southington coach Dan Dachelet said. “Both of those girls are shooting for New Englands. We are training; they had a great summer. We just have to keep them healthy. Both are very passionate about what they do and they both have high expectations for themselves. My job is just to reel them in right now.”

Izzo said she was excited to win Tuesday’s race, but was most happy for the team’s success.

“Our course is one of the toughest in the state and we had really good times today,” Izzo said. “It was great to win in our home opener. We were pushing out there.”

Michaud said it was a great day to run.

“I’m proud for the entire team,” Michaud said. “We have a great team atmosphere this year.”

Rounding out Southington’s top five were Diane Pillsbury (5th, 23:26), Meghan Sheline (8th, 24:29) and Megan Wadman (9th, 24:40).

“We are really strong,” Dachelet said. “We are still working on our fourth or fifth runners. We saw some improvement there and Avon was missing their No. 1 and No. 2 runners. We have some young runners who are going to step up.”

The Sloper record was also shattered on the boys side as well as by Conard sophomore Gavin Sherry, who ripped through the course in 16:33.

A total of four runners broke the previous mark of 17:20, which was set in 2015 by Simsbury’s Solomon Davis.

Conard swept the meet by topping Avon (20-37) and Southington (19-36). The Blue Knights downed Avon (22-37) to earn a split.

“They are one of the top teams in New England right now, to put things in perspective,” Dachelet said of Conard. “But we have plenty of room for improvement.”

The top five for Southington were Matt Penna (5th, 17:23), Lucca Riccio (7th, 18:03) Jake Nafis (8th, 18:08), Jackson Landino (11th, 18:37) and Grayson Borla (12th, 18:46).

“It was a good time on a new course, but I want to improve on it,” Penna said. “We have a really good team and I think we are going to surprise some people with the depth of our team.”

Cheshire: The Rams went head to head with Hand in a SCC dual meet in Madison, earning a split at the Surf Club.

The boys won 25-30 behind winner Brendan Mellitt, who blazed a 16:14 over the Surf Club’s 3-mile course.

Teammates Ryan Farrell (16:52) and Francis Simpatico (17:09) went 3-4. Charlie Pettit (8th, 17:40) and Owen Fiore (9th, 17:44) were also in the top 10 for the Rams.

The girls race was also close and it went to Hand, 26-29. Winner Morgan Combs (20:43) and runner-up Anna Steffen (21:27) led the Tigers.

The Rams took places 3-5 behind Meghan Georgescu (21:41), Olivia Ferraro (21:56) and Alexandra Palladino (22:33). Kristina Benga (23:15) was eighth and Elizabeth Addesso (23:30) finished ninth.

Wilcox Tech: Both Indians teams remained undefeated with a CTC sweep of Wright Tech and Bullard Havens at Hubbard Park.

Isaiah Thomas won the boys race for Wilcox in 19:34. Shalyn Noble led the girls with a first-place time of 23:50.

The boys put all five of their scorers in the top 10: Brandon Armstrong (3rd, 19:48), Josh Santiago (5th, 21:41), Kyle Dobensky (6th, 21:55) and James Dobson (9th, 23:27).

Noble was followed by Xochilt Rangel (26:46) and Maddy Milano (28:50) in the girls race.

Both teams are now 3-0. The boys beat Bullard 19-36 and Wright Tech 17-38. The girls topped Bullard 18-41 and Wright 17-44.

Platt: The Panthers edged Bulkeley 27-28 in a CCC South dual meet at Hubbard Park.

Bulkeley took first and third, but Platt countered Matthew Gonzales’ winning time of 20:54 with top-five runs from Anthony Nimani (2nd, 22:01), Aiden Annino (4th, 23:17) and John Rivera (5th, 23:18).

The Panthers are 1-2.

Maloney: The Spartans sported both individual winners, though only a split of the team competition, in a CCC interdivisional dual meet with host Hartford Public at Elizabeth Park.

Maloney junior Reynaldo Torres was first across the line in 18:27. The Spartans also got a third-place time of 20:09 from Xavier Zaler and a sixth from Jack Curry (21:32).

The Owls took five of the top eight spots to take a 26-29 decision.

The Maloney girls rolled 15-50 behind first-place runner Morgan Kicklighter. The junior crossed in 23:25. Savannah Vasquez was second in 24:19 and Kristen McCormack third in 26:02.

Sheehan: Lizzie Brown made it 2-for-2 on the season, winning a SCC quad at Milford’s Eisenhower Park in 21:14.

With Arianna Amodio placing third in 22:30, the Lady Titans went 2-1 on the day, offsetting a 25-35 loss to Law with wins over host Foran (27-30) and Shelton (28-29).

The Sheehan boys also went 2-1, beating Shelton (24-34) and Foran (15-50) and falling to Law (21-39).

The Titans fielded finishers 4-5-6: Derrick Arnold (18:12), Ethan Venoit (18:14) and Mike Barberino (18:19).

The boys are now 4-2, the girls 3-3.

 


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