MERIDEN — Selena Chatman returned to the Meriden Fun Run at Platt High School this week and eclipsed her old course record of 19:47 with a time of 19:25.
Problem was, Bria Benigni also showed up for this week’s Fun Run, and the rising Maloney sophomore was even faster with an 18:53.
Benigni, in fact, finished third overall at the third race of the 2021 summer series, and she wasn’t all that far behind winner Derek Destefano and runner-up Richard Fernandes.
Destefano, the Maloney cross country coach, covered the three-mile course down the Meriden Linear Trail to Dossin Beach and back in 18:08. Fernandes finished in 18:50.
Chatman was fifth overall. She came in after fourth-place finisher Brian Kimmey (19:09).
Rounding out the top 10 were Joseph Migliore (19:45), Jack Curry (19:46), Quinn Handler (20:06), Peter Hornak (20:28) and Dajjah Dudley (21:23).
Cristina Sendral, the third female finisher, was 11th overall in 21:39.
This year’s Fun Run series continues to draw well. Even with heat, 40 runners turned out on Wednesday evening.
The series continues every Wednesday through August 18. Start time is 6:30 p.m. at the Platt track.
Races are free and open to runners of all abilities. The three-mile course is flat, with most of it on the Meriden Linear Trail. There is also a ¾-mile kids race.
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.
Hunter Men’s Club title is on the line
MERIDEN — The Hunter Men’s Club Championship opens this Saturday at Hunter Golf Course.
The 36-hole, medal-play tournament will span two weekends.
Eight-time club champion Brett Zimmerman is the defending titleist. His father, Les Zimmerman, won the Senior Club Championship last month.
Fast approaching on the Hunter schedule are the Meriden Open and Meriden Senior Open. The Senior Open is first up on Aug. 11-12. The Meriden Open, sponsored by Meriden Hyundai, plays Aug. 21-22.
Both events are open to city residents and non-residents. Contact Bob Tiedemann at the pro shop at 203-634-3366 for details.