AROUND THE HORN: Meriden runners compete in Nike Regionals; city girls light up college courts; CIAC softball finals move to UConn

MERIDEN — Joining forces under the banner of the Meriden Running Club, distance runners from Maloney and Platt competed at the 2022 Nike Cross Regionals recently in Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

Meriden put three girls in the Top 25 in the Northeast Open race: Maloney juniors Mia Carbone (19th, 22:01) and Samantha Park (22nd, 22:03) and Platt junior Erin Sola (24th, 22:21).

The Meriden boys were paced by Maloney junior Griffin DePalma. This year’s city cross country champ ran a 20:11 in New York.

Other top times were posted by Maloney senior Gabe Roman (20:25) and Platt senior Anthony Hernandez (21:15).

The Meriden contingent that trekked up to Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls also included Jacob Scagnelli, Riley Kogut, Jameson Sheehan, Kaleb Salinas and Avelinn Browne.

CIAC softball finals shift to Storrs

CHESHIRE — No more drives to DeLuca Field in Stratford, at least for the state finals.

The CIAC has announced that the 2023 state softball championship games will play at UConn’s Burrill Family Field Softball Complex. The state-of-the-art facility, which ranks among the finest in the Northeast, opened in 2021.

All four state finals, Class LL through Class S, will play at Burrill on Saturday, June 10.

Meriden girls light up college courts

MERIDEN — City products Janessa Gonzalez and Mariah Dunn have gotten off to a good start in the 2022-23 women’s college basketball season.

Gonzalez, a junior guard out of St. Paul, scored seven points in Bentley University’s 65-55 win at Southern Connecticut over the weekend, then scored seven more in Tuesday night’s 55-42 victory in New York over Pace University.

Gonzalez had two of Bentley’s 10 3-pointers against SCSU. She also had three assists in that game.

Dunn, a senior forward at Eastern Connecticut, went off for a career-high 23 points and career-high nine rebounds this weekend in a 54-36 victory at UMass-Boston. Dunn was 9-of-13 from the floor.

An Ethlel Walker grad, Dunn is averaging 10.6 points a game for the Division III Warriors, who take a 5-3 record into Wednesday night’s Little East Conference game at UMass-Dartmouth.

Gonzalez and the Division II Falcons are 6-2 overall and 4-0 in the Northeast-10 Conference.

Sunday food drive honoring Senich

SOUTHINGTON — A food drive being held Sunday to benefit the St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Waterbury will honor late regional broadcaster and journalist Jim Senich. 

The collection runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside Labonne’s Market on 75 Waterbury Road in Prospect. 

Items requested for donation include cereal and cereal bars, oatmeal, fruit cups, snacks, crackers, juice boxes, coffee, tea, sugar and condiments. 

Senich, who died in July at age 83, worked for several area stations, including WNTY, WBRY, WWCO and WATR. He was named the first sports editor of the former Southington Observer in December 1975 and, five years later, was promoted to editor.


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