By BRIAN JENNINGS
The boys and girls cross country teams competed against Conard and Hall in the cold rain at the West Hartford Reservoir on Friday, Oct. 2.
The boys team defeated Conard 18-44, but tied Hall 29-29. However, Hall received the win, due to the faster time of their sixth runner. Sean Garrison (16:56) led all runners in the race, followed by Mark Murdy in second (17:29), Tom Murdy in fifth (17:56), Adam Theriault in 11th (18:13), and Shane Leone in 13th (18:16).
The girls team defeated Conard, 25-34, and Hall, 15-50. Gabi Napoli guided the girls with a second-place finish (20:35), followed by Isabella Scalise in third (21:10), Catherine Myers in fifth (21:18), Marisa Matthews in seventh (21:35), and Sarah Minkiewicz in eighth (21:42). Conard’s Gwen Geisler (20:12) led all runners in the race.
Lauren Perkowski did not run in the race.
Earlier in the week on Tuesday, the Knights hosted Glastonbury at Camp Sloper in some very close races.
The boys team fell short, 28-29, which came down to the final runners from both sides.
“Barring a tie, the guys team had as close of a loss as possible in cross country,” said Southington coach Dan Dachelet. “The score was determined by using the pushers of the sixth and seventh runners of Southington, who beat the No.5 runner of Glastonbury. In 32 years of running and coaching, this was my first time that I was a part of a meet where this happened.”
Garrison directed the boys with a second-place finish (17:41), followed by Mark Murdy in fourth (17:55), Tom Murdy in sixth (18:43), Theriault in eighth (18:57), and Conner Leone in ninth (19:17). Glastonbury’s Randall Neish (17:30) led all runners in the race.
On the other side, the girls team fell short to Glastonbury, 19-38.
Napoli had the best time for the Lady Knights with a fifth-place finish (21:47), followed by Scalise in sixth (21:54), Myers in seventh (22:09), Perkowski in eighth (22:14), and Matthews in 12th (22:56). Glastonbury’s Kaylee Stebbins (21:05) led all runners in the race.
Next up for the Knights is a home meet against Simsbury on Tuesday, Oct. 6, followed by the Wickham Invitational at Wickham Park in Manchester on Saturday, Oct. 10 as the Knights gear up for the postseason.