MANCHESTER, October 12 – Avon High sophomore Jack Martin won the boys seeded race at the 36th annual Wickham Invitational cross country meet Saturday with the third fastest time of the day on the 3.1 mile course at Wickham Park in Manchester.
Martin won the race with a time of 16:11, the fastest time by a Falcon runner at the event since Chris Carlson went under 17 minutes in 2009 with a time of 16:50. Only two runners in the championship race were faster than Martin and a third runner in the championship race also ran the time of 16:11.
Martin helped lead the Falcons to a third place finish in the boys seeded competition. North Kingston, R.I. won the race with 121 points followed by Simsbury (131) and Avon (154).
Martin beat Joseph Curran of Nashua North in Nashua, N.H. by 14 seconds with Curran posting a time of 16:25. Simsbury’s Owen Wollenburg was a strong fourth with a time of 16:30. There were 26 teams in the race.
Tyler Hinrichs (36, 17:55), Carver Morgan (40, 18:01), Daniel Carvallo (44, 18:05) Jevonte Eaves (45, 18:05) rounded out the top five for the Falcons (2-5, 2-5 CCC West). It was their best finish at the meet since taking second in the seeded race in 2009.
The Avon High girls cross country team won the unseeded race by placing three runners among the top 11 finishers in the race. The Falcons beat Berlin, 115-171 with RHAM finishing a distant third with 212 points in a field of 44 teams.
Bethel’s Ava Graham beat Rhiannon Richmond with a winning time of 19:15 on the 3.1 mile course. Richmond finished with a time of 19:51. Richmond’s youngster sister, Gabrielle, was tenth with a time of 20:57 and teammate Maureen Ek was a second behind in 11th place with a time of 20:58.
Sarah Lancaster (31, 22:09) and Autumn Wolf (82, 23:28) rounded out the scoring for Avon (3-4, 3-4 CCC West).
The Falcons return to action on Wednesday when they return to Wickham Park for the Central Connecticut Conference championship meet.
Granby raced in the boys unseeded race and finished 26th out of 55 teams. David Hitchiner was the top runner for the Bears with a time of 18:32.
In the girls unseeded race, Granby was led by Isabel Gravlia, who was 84th with a time of 23:46. The Bears finished 38th out of a field of 44 squads.
Granby competes in the North Central Connecticut Conference championship meet on Thursday at Bolton High School.