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No. 4 Suffield boys and Ellington girls capture NCCC cross country championships

Canton’s Andrew Obrzut races during Thursday’s NCCC championship meet at Bolton High. The Warriors finished fifth in the championship meet. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

BOLTON, October 19 – The Suffield High boys cross country team showed why they are ranked in the top 10 in the latest state coaches poll.

The No. 4 Wildcats had first six runners to cross the line at Thursday’s North Central Connecticut Conference championship meet to easily capture their third straight NCCC title. Led by Kyle Englander, who won his first individual NCCC championship, the undefeated Wildcats (13-0) scored 15 points for a dominating 47-point win over Bolton.

Suffield’s 15 points was the lowest championship meet score since E.O. Smith scored 15 points more than 30 years ago in 1986 when the Panthers won the championship meet by 48 points.

Englander beat teammate Nick Sinofsky by two seconds with his winning time of 16:58 over 3.1 miles at Bolton High. Teammates Nathan Savidson (3, 17:07), Charles Brydges (4, 17:16), Camden Miller (5, 17:20) and Jared Sharp (6, 17:27) all finished in the top 10.

Canton finished fifth overall led by Andrew Obrzut, who was 31st with a time of 19:30. Granby was fourth, led by Christopher Weber, who was 18th with a time of 18:42.

Canton’s Sean Miscikowski runs during Thursday’s NCCC championship meet in Bolton. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

In the girls race, Ellington (13-0) had five runners in the top 10 to claim their second NCCC championship in three years with a 10-point win over Suffield, 48-58. Defending league champion Canton (10-3) finished third with 83 points.

Somers’ Kylie Raymond won her second consecutive NCCC championship with a 31-second victory over Ellington’s Sydney Schultz. Raymond won the race with a time of 19:26 for 3.1 miles.

Canton’s Julia Caputo races during Thursday’s NCCC championship meet in Bolton. Caputo finished 11th. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

After Schultz, Kathryn Bonanno finished fifth in 21:00 with Katherine O’Connell (8, 21:22) and Clara Mattson (10, 21:29) finishing in the top 10 for the Knights. Schultz, Bonanno and O’Connell each finished directly ahead of a Suffield runner to boost the Knights.

Julia Caputo led Canton finishing 11th with a time of 21:36 with teammate Helena Winkler taking 12th place with a time of 21:39. Granby was led by Amy Briggs, who finished seventh in 21:20.

2018 NCCC championships
At Bolton
BOYS
Team results – 1. Suffield 15; 2. Bolton 62; 3. Ellington 89; 4. Granby 177; 5. Canton 183; 6. Rockville 199; 7. Somers 205; 8. Windsor Locks 212; 9. East Granby 239; 10. Coventry 253; 11. East Windsor 279; 12. Classical Magnet 294
Individual results — 1. Kyle Englander, Suffield, 16:58 for 3.1 miles at Bolton High; 2. Nick Sinofsky, Suffield, 17:00; 3. Nathan Savidson, Suffield, 17:07; 4. Charles Brydges, Suffield, 17:16; 5. Camden Miller, Suffield, 17:20; 6. Jared Sharp, Suffield, 17:27; 7. Michael Barrett, Bolton, 17:38; 8. Kevin Brudz, Bolton, 17:42; 9. Jack Olender, Ellington, 17:43; 10. Joshua Stone, Ellington, 17:48; 11. Lucas Carini, Bolton, 17:51; 12. Sam Hollworth, Rockville, 17:57; 13. Ryan Kittridge, Windsor Locks, 18:11; 14. Blake Dufresne, Suffield, 18:23; 15. Jonathan Kittredge, Windsor Locks, 18:29; 16. Will Lyon, Bolton, 18:37; 17. Devin Stout, East Granby, 18:38; 18. Christopher Weber, Granby, 18:42
Canton results – 31. Andrew Obrzut 19:30, 33. Matt Barton 19:41, 36. John Holowesko 19:51, 41. Keith Thomas 20:06, 42. Sean Richard 20:11, 44. Chase Lashgard 20:21, 52. Sean Miscikoski 20:49

Full results
https://runscore.runsignup.com/Race/Results/68156?customResultsPageId=25797

Canton’s Helena Winkler reaches the top of a hill in Thursday’s NCCC championship meet in Bolton. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

GIRLS
Team results — 1. Ellington 48; 2. Suffield 58; 3. Canton 83; 4. Somers 100; 5. Granby 147; 6. Bolton 148; 7. East Granby 206; 8. Rockville 209; 9. Windsor Locks 211; 10. Coventry 227
Individual results — 1. Kylie Raymond, Somers, 19:26 for 3.1 miles at Bolton HS; 2. Sydney Schultz, Ellington, 20:07; 3. Emily Bridges, Suffield, 20:31; 4. Kyleigh Percy, Rockville, 20:43; 5. Kathryn Bonanno, Ellington, 21:00; 6. Gabby Zeller, Suffield, 21:10; 7. Amy Briggs, Granby, 21:20; 8. Katherine O’Connell, Ellington, 21:22; 9. Haley Young, Suffield, 21:23; 10. Clara Mattson, Ellington, 21:29; 11. Julia Caputo, Canton, 21:36; 12. Helena Winkler, Canton, 21:39; 13. Karissa Stanio, Suffield, 21:44; 14. Treena Pitt, Somers, 21:48; 15. Rachel St. Germain, Somers, 22:44; 16. Taylor Michaud, Bolton, 22:54; 17. Jenna Cuniowsky, Canton, 22:55; 18. Megan Lung, Coventry, 23:05
Other Canton results – 21. Maeve Balavender 23:42, 22. Lila Hunt 23:44, 34. Grace First 25:02, 57. Margaret Babbitt 29:13

Full results
https://runscore.runsignup.com/Race/Results/68156?customResultsPageId=25797

2018 NCCC Boys Cross Country

Team League Lg meet Pts
x-Suffield 13-0 13 26
Bolton 12-1 12 24
Ellington 11-2 11 22
Granby 10-3 10 20
Canton 8-5 9 17
Rockville 8-5 8 16
Somers 7-5 7 14
Windsor Locks 5-6 6 11
East Granby 5-8 5 10
Coventry 4-8 4 8
Classical 2-11 2 4
Stafford 3-9 0 3
E. Windsor 0-13 3 3
HMTCA 1-12 0 1
x-wins league championship
Teams earn one point for each NCCC dual meet victory and one point for each team they beat at the league championship meet

 

2018 NCCC Girls Cross Country

Team League Lg meet Pts
x-Ellington 13-0 13 26
Suffield 12-1 12 24
Canton 10-3 11 21
Somers 10-2 10 20
Bolton 9-4 8 17
Granby 8-5 9 17
East Granby 6-7 7 13
Rockville 3-7 6 9
Coventry 4-8 4 8
W. Locks 2-7 5 7
Classical 0-6 0 0
HMTCA 0-9 0 0
E. Windsor 0-10 0 0
x-wins league championship
Teams earn one point for each NCCC dual meet victory and one point for each team they beat at the league championship meet

 

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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