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Warriors finish 13th at State Open

MANCHESTER, Nov. 5 — A week after winning the school’s first state championship at Wickham Park, Canton ran well but not well enough to place in the top 10 at the State Open cross country championships.

Racing in the Open for the third straight year and the fifth time in school history, Canton finished 13th — its second-best result in the meet.

Ned Furtney led the way for Canton with a time of 17:17, good enough for 42nd place.  Jon Cahill took 47th in 17:23.  Nick Chekas (64, 17:30) and Jon Melite (71, 17:36) were close behind.

Kevin Kurnat (99, 18:05), Peter LeDuc (106, 18:12) and Tyler Fitzpatrick (126, 18:37) rounded out the top seven.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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