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TUESDAY CROSS COUNTRY: Mellitt’s record run paces Rams; Cheshire’s Georgescu, Sheehan’s Brown win races on home turf

TUESDAY CROSS COUNTRY: Mellitt’s record run paces Rams; Cheshire’s Georgescu, Sheehan’s Brown win races on home turf

CHESHIRE — Reigning Record-Journal Cross Country Runner of the Year Brendan Mellitt added a fresh mark to his resume Tuesday afternoon.

With a time of 16:32, the Cheshire senior set a new record on the two-year-old, 3.1-mile course at Cheshire Park.

Mellitt’s mettle led the Rams to a 2-1 day in a SCC quad meet with Xavier, Lyman Hall and West Haven. Xavier, the defending State Open champion, swept the day, including a 22-39 decision over Cheshire.

The Rams countered with wins over LH (15-47) and West Haven (18-45) behind additional scoring from Ryan Farrell (5th, 17:33), Francis Simpatico (11th, 17:49), Owen Fiore (14th, 18:12) and Charlie Pettit (15th, 18:18).

“The guys did awesome,” Cheshire coach Pam Gunneson said. “Brendan had a great race. He was all along out there by himself. I think we are going to have a great season. They are working hard and having fun.”

Mellitt said he’s a couple of weeks away from making his college decision. He said his season goal is to place in the Top 5 of the State Open.

“I feel I’ve gotten the season off on the right foot,” Mellitt said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

Mellitt’s winning time was one of two on the day for the home team. Cheshire sophomore Meghan Georgescu captured the girls race in 22:19.

She had plenty of company. Cheshire put five of the first seven runners across the line to sweep Mercy (18-44), West Haven (15-50) and Lyman Hall (19-41). 

Georgescu was followed by teammates Olivia Ferraro (2nd, 22:52), Kristina Benga (5th, 23:46), Alex Palladino (6th, 23:51) and Liz Addesso (7th, 24:10).

“Meghan is a very talented runner and hasn’t come close to the potential she has,” Cheshire girls coach Rob Schaefer said. “Having Olivia really helps her. The two of them train together and help each other. Our top freshman, Alex Palladino, is going to jump in and join them before she knows it. Our senior captain Kristina Benga is coming off of a strong outdoor track season.

“I knew this year was going to be a rebuilding year because we are very, very young,” Schaefer added. “I’m very happy to win these three races. We’ve worked hard already this year. We got the early butterflies out and that helped us today.”

Mercy defeated Lyman Hall (25-34) and West Haven (15-48). The Trojans squeezed past the Westies (25-29) to go 1-2.

The LH girls were paced by Olivia Weir’s third-place time of 23:10. Also scoring for the Trojans were Madison Jackson (8th, 24:19), Emily Ottens (15th, 25:55), Emma Tommell (38th, 31:21) and Lyanne Trieu (43rd, 34:15).

The LH boys were led by Jack Murphy (18th, 18:25), Aiden Weir (21st, 18:52), Ethan Bau (37th, 20:39), Tucker Frederickson (43rd, 21:31) and Peyton Durant (46th, 21:55).

“I’m pleasantly surprised,” Lyman Hall coach Mike Addorisio said. “I thought they did well. I thought Olivia did well today. I know some of the boys are disapointed, but Xavier and Cheshire are tough.”


Sheehan: In a SCC quad meet at home, the Titans featured the overall winner of the girls race. That was junior LIzzie Brown, who clocked in at 21:10.

With Arianna Amodio placing 5th in 22:32 and Amelia Mansfield 14th in 25:32, the Lady Titans went 1-2, countering losses to Amity (23-37) and Lauralton Hall (27-32) with a 24-31 verdict over Hamden.

The Titan boys went 2-1 behind Derrick Arnold (5th, 17:55), Michael Barberino (6th, 18:04) and Ethan Venoit (7th, 18:09). Sheehan beat Fairfield Prep (23-34) and Hamden (25-31) and fell to Amity (21-34).

Prep’s Azaan Dawson won the race in 17:26.


Platt: The Panthers were swept in a CCC South tri-meet at Bristol’s Rockwell Park.

The Platt boys lost to Plainville (16-46) and host Bristol Central (15-48). BC also beat Plainville (16-46) and featured the overall winner in Mark Petrosky (17:47).

Platt’s top three runners were Anthony Niami (15th, 22:57), Ethan Lattman (24th, 23:53) and Tucker Sperry (28th, 24:55).

Platt had one runner in the girls race, Jaliz Cordero. She placed 13th in 31:31.

The overall winner was BC’s Natalia Popielarz (22:22).

Maloney: Both Spartan squads went 0-2 in a CCC South tri-meet in Burlington hosted by conference newcomer Lewis Mills.

The Maloney girls fell to Lewis Mills (19-42) and Bristol Eastern (25-31).

The overall winner was Bristol Eastern’s Avery Braccia (23:16). Maloney’s top finishers were Morgan Kicklighter (4th, 24:09), Charlise Levesque (11th, 25:53) and Kristen McCormack (12th, 25:53).

The Spartan boys fell to Lewis Mills (28-29) and Bristol Eastern (23-38).

Justin Casico of Lewis Mills was first in 17:38. Maloney’s Reynaldo Torres was runner-up in 18:19. Dominic Oliveri (5th, 19:14) and Xavier Zaler (15th, 20:43) also had fast times for Maloney.

Southington: After running an invitational in New York on Saturday, the Blue Knights rested most of their top runners in a CCC West tri-meet at J.B. Wliliams Park with Farmington and host Glastonbury.

Southington still got a fourth-place time of 15:17 from Jake Nafis and a sixth-place 15:41 from Drew Nafis. Both are freshmen.

Senior Matt Maciejewski was also in the top 10 (9th, 16:08) as the Blue Knights beat Farmington (17-46) and lost to Glastonbury (18-40) 

Meghan Sheline placed 15th in 20:03 to lead the Lady Knights, who fell to Farmington (17-39) and Glastonbury (15-50).

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