Cross country shuts out New Britain, Hartford Public in dual meet finale

Running

By BRIAN JENNINGS
STAFF WRITER

The boys teamed defeated the Golden Hurricanes 15-50 and they also defeated the Owls by the same score. For the Knights, the regular season dual meet finale served more as a workout than any sort of challenge.

Twenty-two Southing-ton runners finished the race before New Britain’s frontrunner, and 25 Knights finished before Hartford Public’s best runner.

Sean Garrison (19:28) won the boy’s race, edging Mark Murdy (19:36), Tom Murdy (19:52), Jordan McMeans (20:03), and Ryan Slesinski (20:12)in the scoring. Matthew Garry (20:25) and Benjamin Palladino (20:31) contributed.

New Britain’s Manuel Rivas (22:54) finished 23rd, and Hartford Public’s Angel Alvarez (23:39) finished 26th.

The girls team was just as dominant, sweeping New Britain and Hartford Public, 15-50.

Gabi Napoli may have led the Lady Knights with top 10 performances in every meet they have competed in thus far on the season, but it was the true freshman Julia Minchowicz (23:16) that stepped up to finish the girl’s race with the fastest time. Napoli (23:53) followed in third and Lauren Perkowski (23:53), Carson Stifel (24:05), and Isabella Scalise (24:05) rounded out the scoring. Catherine Myers (24:05) and Sarah Minkiewicz (24:21) contributed.

New Britain’s Shaelyn Pacheco (23:42) finished second and Hartford Public’s Nadia Abdul finished 31st.

Southington will be making their way back to Wickham Park in Manchester on Wednesday, Oct. 21 to compete against the top runners in the conference at the CCC Championships.

“We’re in a position that we haven’t been in for a long time,” said Southington coach Dan Dachelet. “Last year we were ninth on the guy’s side and fifth on the lady’s side. We have a chance to do some pretty cool things against some of the top teams in the state. It’s whoever shows up and edges out the other teams at the finish line. It’s going to be determined by a couple people.”

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