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Canton runners finish second in Class SS boys race

Canton sophomore Emily Briggs took eighth in Class S, earning a berth in the State Open.

Canton sophomore Emily Briggs took eighth in Class S, earning a berth in the State Open.

MANCHESTER, Oct. 23 – The Canton High boys cross country team is a pretty decent squad. Head coach Tim O’Donnell wasn’t thrilled with the performance he saw but Canton still finished second at the CIAC Class SS championships Saturday at Wickham Park. 

Haddam Killingworth won its first-ever Class SS title with 56 points and their first five runners among the top 21 finishers. Canton finished second for the fourth time in the last seven years with 79 points. Northwestern Regional was third with 96 points. 

“We had to run better than we did last week at the NCCC championships to win and we didn’t,”  O’Donnell said. “It was probably our worse race of the season but it was good enough to get second.” 

The Cougars had three finishers before Canton junior Jake Whittingslow finished, leading the Warriors with an 11th place finish in 17:28. Senior Dean Yost was second across the line for Canton in 14th place in 17:37, a second faster than teammate Will Briggs (16) and his twin brother James Yost (17). Ethan Porter (24) rounded out the top five finishers for Canton (13-1). 

Canton gets another opportunity to finish the season on a strong note by qualifying for Friday’s State Open championships at Wickham Park. Race time is 2:45 p.m. 

In the Class S girls race, Canton finished seventh led by sophomore Emily Briggs, who finished 12th and qualified for Friday’s State Open championships. Briggs ran the 3.1 mile course in 21:41. Sophomore Jocelyn Rossitto was 17th in 22:01. Emma Frawley (46), Miranda Fitzpatrick (69) and Lindsey Laclair (73) rounded out the top five for the Warriors. 

It’s Canton’s 11th top 10 finish in the past 12 seasons. Briggs is the first Canton girl since Kate Bussiere and Frances Klimczak in 2008 to earn an individual berth to the State Open. Race time is Friday at 2 p.m.

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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