AROUND THE HORN: Fengler’s feat rewrites Fun Run record book; Cheshire’s Ozycz bound for Endicott Hall of Fame

MERIDEN — This continues to be the Year of the Woman at the Meriden Fun Run.

Two weeks after Meriden’s Bria Benigni became the first female to win a series race — and set a new course record in the process — Wallingford’s Liz Fengler duplicated the feat this Wednesday.

With a strong finishing kick, Fengler out-sprinted Maloney cross country runner Jack Curry to win by one second.

With her three-mile time of 17:51, Fengler also lowered Benigni’s women’s course record of 18:17.

Wednesday saw one of the closest Fun Run finishes ever. It was decided in the final 50 meters as Fengler and Curry came off the Meriden Linear Trail and hit the homestretch on the Platt track.

Curry crossed in 17:52.

Richard Fernandes was third in 18:38, Quinn Handler fourth in 19:07 and Keith Bishop fifth in 19:36.

Elise Kennedy (7th, 21:10) and Eliyah Cloutier (8th, 21:40) were on the heels of sixth-place finisher Tristyn Barnes (19:56).

There are two more races in the 2021 Fun Run seriers — next Wednesday, Aug. 11 and the following Wednesday, Aug. 18. Race time is 6:30 p.m. starting at the Platt track.

The course is flat, with most of it on the Meriden Linear Trail. There is also a ¾-mile kids race.

The event is free and open to runners of all abilities. There are no current COVID-19 restrictions, but runners must bring their own water.

For additional information, contact race director Fred Bucchieri at 203-235-5259.

Cheshire’s Ozycz bound for Endicott HOF

BEVERLY, Mass. — Cheshire native Sam Ozycz is one of four former student-athletes who will be inducted into the Endicott College Athletics Hall of Fame this year.

Ozycz, a lacrosse player, will be inducted during Homecoming and Family Week on Saturday, October 2.

Ozycz graduated in 2012 and played an additional season in 2013 as a grad student. He was named the 2013 NCAA Division III Faceoff Specialist of the Year by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.

Ozycz was also a two-time All-American. He played 82 games at Endicott, registering 1,074 faceoff wins in 1,602 attempts, numbers that remain No. 1 on Endicott’s all-time list.

Ozycz also scored 29 goals and scooped up 728 ground balls.

The Gulls were 71-32 overall during Ozycz’s tenure, winning two conference titles, a pair of ECAC Championships and twice advancing to the NCAA Tournament. 

Academically, Ozycz was a USILA Scholar All-American and the Commonwealth Collegiate Conference Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

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