AROUND THE HORN: Shura nets a first for AMC; Southington goes two ways in the polls; Tompkins, Garrison set the collegiate pace

AROUND THE HORN: Shura nets a first for AMC; Southington goes two ways in the polls; Tompkins, Garrison set the collegiate pace


NEW HAVEN — Wallingford native Morgan Shura has staked herself to a page in the Albertus Magnus College record book that can never be erased.

With a breakaway goal scored last week in the 25th minute in a game against Regis College, Shura netted the first goal in Albertus Magnus field hockey history.

The Falcons are in their expansion season and stand at 0-7. They host a home tournament this weekend at Celentano Field, with games against Sweet Briar on Saturday at 10 a.m. and Husson on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Split movement in the polls for SHS

The Southington football team’s status state-wide lies in the eye of beholder, at least as far as the polls go.

Head coach Mike Drury’s team was going in two different directions this week. While the Blue Knights moved up one notch to No. 9 in the GameTime CT/New Haven Register media poll, they fell out of the New London Day coaches’ poll top 10.

In the standings, Southington is 4-0 heading into its CCC Division I West showdown with New Britain (4-0) at Veterans Stadium this Friday night.

Southington’s recent Class LL nemesis, Darien, ranks No. 1 in both polls. The top five, in fact, are identical. Darien is followed by Greenwich, Hand, St. Joseph and Shelton.

East Hartford is the highest ranked CCC team. The Hornets stand No. 6 in the media poll and No. 7 with the coaches. The Blue Knights play the Hornets in East Hartford on Oct. 26.

Maloney, Middletown, Bloomfield and Berlin — all 4-0 — are the other CCC teams getting votes in both polls, but not enough to crack the top 10. 

Tompkins sets pace for St. Joe’s

WEST HARTFORD — Mia Tompkins of Meriden won her second invitational meet in as many weeks when crossed the finish line first at the Blue Jay Invitational this past weekend.

Tompkins, running for host University of Saint Joseph, covered the 5-kilometer course in 20:56. It was virtually a one-girl race. Tompkins’ nearest challenger was nearly four minutes back.

This weekend, Tompkins and the Blue Jays compete at the Runnin' Monks Invitational hosted by the other St. Joe’s of the Great North Atlantic Conference, Saint Joseph's College of Maine.

Garrison goes distance for Hawks

HARTFORD — Southington native Sean Garrison was among the leading runners for the University of Hartford cross country team at the Paul Short Invitational, hosted by Lehigh University over the weekend.

Garrison, a junior, was the second Hartford runner over the line. He covered the 8-kilometer course in 27:13.

Garrison and the Hawks are back in action this Saturday at the New England Championships, which run at Franklin Park in Boston.

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