WILLIMANTIC, Sept. 10 – The two-time defending Class MM champion Avon High girls cross country team picked up some hardware at the 38th annual Haddad Windham Invitational on a muggy, hot Saturday morning.
The Falcons finished fourth overall among 22 teams in the Varsity I race for the largest schools in the state and grabbed a plaque by finishing second behind Simsbury in the Large School portion of the race.
It was the first year that Avon competed in the largest and most competitive race at the invitational. In Avon’s last three appearances here, the Falcons won the Varsity II girls race in 2015, 2014 and 2012.
Junior Sara Leavens led Avon with a 10th place finish in the Varsity I girls race with a time of 20:53 over the 3.1 mile course. Junior Emily Foley was second for the Falcons in 19th place with a time of 21:22 followed by junior Rachel Martin (20, 21:25), senior Christina Martin (30, 21:48) and senior Christina Oberhausen (42, 22:11).
Ellington won the Varsity I race with 66 points followed by Simsbury (77), Avon (109) and Tolland (116). In the Large School portion of the Varsity I race, Simsbury won the race by outlasting Avon, 43-63. SImsbury had all five runners finish in the top 28, including Maeve Dailey, who was second in 19:28 and Dagney Edwards, who was 12th in 21:03.
The Avon High boys cross country team also competed in the Varsity I race and finished 14th in the field of 34 teams. Avon was led by junior Jack Stokesbury, who was 56th with a time of 18:17, and Andrew Mascoli, who was 90th with a time of 18:58.
Avon begins the dual meet season on Tuesday with a CCC Central White meet at Windsor’s Northwest Park. The Falcons will have two home meets this year at Fisher Meadows when they host Northwest Catholic on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and conclude the dual meet portion of the schedule by hosting Farmington on Thursday, Nov. 13.