With top 20 finish, Canton’s Max Sparks earns berth to New Englands

Canton junior Max Sparks earned All-State honors by finishing second in Saturday's Class SS championship race at Wickham Park in Manchester. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Canton junior Max Sparks earned a spot in Saturday’s New England championship race. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

MANCHESTER, Nov. 4 – Canton junior Max Sparks has one race left in the 2016 cross country season. Sparks will be running at New England cross country championships on Saturday at Ponaganset High School in North Scituate, Rhode Island.

Sparks earned All-State honors by finishing 20th at Friday’s State Open championships at Wickham Park in Manchester with a season-best time of 16:27 over the 3.1 mile course. There were 177 runners who finished the race.

The Canton High girls cross country team participated in the State Open for the first time since 1996 and finished 18th in the field of 21 teams, led by Emily Briggs, who finished 49th with a time of 20:36 – 15 seconds off her season-best time from a week ago at Wickham Park in the Class SS championship race.

The Avon High girls cross country team ran in the State Open for the fifth time in the last six years. The Falcons finished 19th, led by Emily Foley with a time of 20:20.

State Open boys cross country
At Manchester
Top teams: 1. Staples, 61; 2. Danbury, 77; 3. Xavier, 165; 4. Fairfield Warde, 180; 5. New Milford, 206; 6. Amity, 231; 7. Tolland, 240; 8. Glastonbury, 250; 9. Trumbull, 253; 10. Haddam-Killingworth, 255
Top 10 runners: 1. Zakeer Ahmad, Staples, 15:46 for 3.1 miles at Wickham Park; 2. Drew Thompson, Fairfield Prep, 15:47; 3. Sean Parker, Shepaug, 16:03; 4. William Brisman, Fairfield Warde, 16:08; 5. Robbie Cozean, Xavier, 16:10; 6. Dan Nichols, Danbury, 16:16; 7. Moetiz Shilleh, Masuk, 16:17; 8. Christopher Reeves, Glastonbury, 16:18; 9. Bradford Demassa, Ridgefield, 16:19; 10. Joe Pearl, Manchester, 16:20
Canton runners: 20. Max Sparks, Canton, 16:27

State Open girls cross country
At Manchester
Top teams: 1. Ridgefield, 122; 2. Tolland, 130; 3. Glastonbury, 140; 4. Pomperaug, 163; 5. Immaculate, 183; 6. Greenwich, 217; 7. Trumbull, 257; 8. Wilton, 276; 9. Staples, 280; 10. Haddam-Killingworth, 292.
Top 10 runners: 1. Morgan McCormick, Wilton, 18:43; 2. Hayley Collins, 18:45; 3. Kat DeLoreto, Tolland, 18:56; 4. Bridgid Selfors, Mercy, 19:12; 5. Angela Saidman, Immaculate, 19:12; 6. Emily Sienna, Hale-Ray, 19:16; 7. Maeve Daily, Simsbury, 19:19; 8. Katelynn Romanchick, Trumbull, 19:25; 9. Ivy Walker, Pomperaug, 19:26; 10. Michaela Caron, Tolland, 19:28
Canton runners: 49. Emily Briggs 20:36, 109. Belle Magna 21:18, 110. Helena Winkler 21:19, 125. Abby Briggs 21:32, 152. Cameron McCauley 22:06, 172. Jocelyn Rossitto 22:46
Avon runners: 37. Emily Foley 20:20, 95. Rachel Martin 21:08, 100. Christina Martin 21:10, 153. Caroline Luby 22:09, 163. Sara Leavens 22:26, 170. Rhiannon Richmond 22:41, 173. Christine Oberhausen 22:53
187 finishers

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