MANCHESTER, Oct. 26 – Canton’s Julia Caputo finished fourth at Saturday’s Class SS cross country championship race at Wickham Park to lead the Warriors and qualify for the State Open.
Wolcott’s Kathryn Rodrigues won the race with a time of 18:59 while Caputo was in a pack of three runners contending for second place. Caputo finished fourth with a time of 19:39 just behind Immaculate’s Ailene Doherty (19:35) and Rocky Hill’s Elizabeth Stockman (19:38).
The Canton girls (12-3, 10-3 NCCC) finished eighth with 246 points. Maeve Balavender finished 25th with a time of 22:23 while Grace First was 26th in 22:28.
Jack Dendinger led the Canton boys with a 15th place finish at the Class SS championship meet with a time of 17:55. East Hampton beat Cromwell, 54-70 for the Class SS championship. Canton was sixth with 196 points behind Griswold (77), Immaculate (94) and East Catholic (121).
Matthew Barton (40, 19:00), Ryan Nickerson (42, 19:05), John Holowesko (49, 19:15) and Gabriel Mower (50, 19:16) each finished in the top 50 of the race. The Warriors finished the year 12-3 overall and 10-3 in the NCCC.
Caputo will be running in the State Open for the second time in her career. She ran as a freshman when the Warriors qualified as a team.