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Richmond leads Avon girls at State Open cross county meet

MANCHESTER, November 1 – Rhiannon Richmond finished 43rd as the Avon High girls cross country team got one additional chance to compete at Thursday’s State Open cross country championships at Wickham Park.

The Falcons finished third in last week’s Class MM championships behind Pomperaug and Tolland. The top two teams in each of the CIAC’s five divisions (LL, L, MM, M and S) earn automatic berths to the State Open along with the next best eight teams with the fastest total time. Avon earned that wild card invitation.

Avon finished 14th in the field of 20 teams. Logan Jacobs was 57th for the Falcons while Gabrielle Richmond (91, 22:17) also finished in the top 100.

Xavier won the boys State Open championship while Danbury nipped neighbor Immaculate by one point to win the girls State Open title. The meet was moved up one day due to Friday’s forecast for significant rain.

2018 State Open championships
At Manchester
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Top 10 team results —
1. Xavier 75; 2. Hall 121; 3. Tolland 122; 4. Staples 123; 5. Suffield 179; 6. Danbury 207; 7. Ridgefield 227; 8. Conard 232; 9. Fairfield Warde 246; 10. Shelton 248
Top 10 results — 1. Eli Nahom (New Milford) 15:54; 2. Gavin Sherry (Conard) 16:04; 3. Robbie Cozean (Xavier) 16:11; 4. Trey Cormier (Hall) 16:15; 5. Peter Schulten (Xavier) 16:16; 6. Eddie Nicholas (Nonnewaug) 16:20; 7. Azaan Dawson (Fairfield Prep) 16:20; 8. Miller Anderson (Hall) 16:24; 9. Dillon Selfors (Xavier) 16:27; 10. Travis Martin (Wilbur Cross) 16:27

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Team results — 1. Danbury 115; 2. Immaculate 116; 3. Ridgefield 160; 4. Trumbull 165; 5. Glastonbury 178; 6. Greenwich 183; 7. Pomperaug 186; 8. New Milford 199; 9. Guilford 211; 10. Hall 263; 11. New Fairfield 265; 12. Tolland 268; 13. E.O. Smith 315; 14. Haddam-Killingworth 316; 15. Newtown 395; 16. Avon 396; 17. Ellington 403; 18. Weston 470; 19. Derby 476; 20. Shepaug 512.
Top 10 results1. Kate Wiser (Pomperaug) 17:59; 2. Claire Daniels (New Milford) 18:58; 3. Mari Noble (Greenwich) 18:59; 4. Kathryn Rodrigues (Wolcott) 19:10; 5. Jenna Zydanowicz (Hall) 19:17; 6. Elizabeth Stockman (Rocky Hill) 19:21; 7. Lauren Moore (Danbury) 19:21; 8. Gabriella Viggiano (Ridgefield) 19:23; 9. Tess Pisanelli (Ridgefield) 19:24; 10. Alessandra Zaffina (Trumbull) 19:24
Other results: 18. Dagny Edwards (Simsbury) 19:53
Avon results: 43. Rhiannon Richmond 20:59, 57. Logan Jacobs 21:25, 91. Gabrielle Richmond 22:17, 101. Caroline Luby 22:39, 104. Sarah Lancaster 22:45, 105. Emma Buth 22:45, 113. Rachel Nori 23:18

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