FARMINGTON, Sept. 22 – The New Milford High girls cross country team had four runners in the top eight to lead the Green Wave to the Large School championship at the seventh annual Winding Trails Invitational Saturday in Farmington.
New Milford had the top three runners in the Large School race along with the eighth place runner to score 42 points. Avon, which five runners among the top 21 finishers, finished a distant second with 72 points. It’s the third time in the last four years that the Falcons have finished second in the race.
Junior Rhiannon Richmond led Avon by taking fourth with a time of 19:06 over the 3.1 mile course at Winding Trails. Sophomore Sarah Lancaster was 14th with a time of 20:54 followed by freshman Gabrielle Richmond (16, 21:02), senior Caroline Luby (17, 21:03) and senior Emma Buth (21, 21:17).
Rhiannon Richmond’s time is the second fastest time by an Avon runner at the event in the last four years. Only Molly Hamel in 2014 (19:00) ran faster.
In the boys race, the Falcons finished sixth in the Large Division race with 121 points. New Canaan won the race with 78 points followed by Middletown (86) and Newtown (98).
Avon was led by Anish Rajamanickam (17, 17:11.87), Jack Martin (18, 17:12) and Daniel Carvalho (19, 17:15) finishing in the top 20.
In the girls junior varsity race, sophomore May Alamar won the race with a time of 22:51.
Avon returns to action on Tuesday afternoon when they host Northwest Catholic and Simsbury at Fisher Meadows beginning at 3:45 p.m.
East Catholic wins Harry Geraghty Invitational
SOUTH WINDSOR, Sept. 22 – East Catholic beat South Windsor, 17-20 to win a scaled down Harry Geraghty Invitational at South Windsor. There were only five teams at the meet. In the girls event, South Windsor outlasted Windsor, 27-30.
Geraghty coached high school sports for 40 years at Canton, Lyman Hall in Wallingford, Rockville, South Windsor and Wethersfield. He spent most of his coaching career at Rockville where his girls cross country teams won two Class L titles and one State Open championship. His teams won numerous league championships.
Geraghty, who died at the age of 78 in November 2011, also coached boys basketball at Canton from 1967-73 and started the cross country program in 1968. He was inducted in the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2002.