Knights set the pace at Elizabeth Park



Southington’s cross country program wrapped up their regular season when they traveled to Elizabeth Park in West Hartford for a quad meet on Thursday, Oct. 13. Southington swept both races. The boys team defeated Bulkeley, 20-43, and Hartford Public and New Britain, 15-50. The girls team defeated Bulkeley, 17-46, Hartford Public, 15-50, and New Britain, 20-43.

“This was the first time, I’m aware about, that we ran on this course,” said Southington coach Dan Dachelet. “It was a relatively fast course, and we had a lot of personal records. We’ve ran a lot of tough courses, but it’s always fun to hop on a course that is relatively flat and be rewarded with some good times. It was a good way to end the year, in terms of dual meets. I think they got some confidence out of it.”

Without the Murdy and Leone twins, Jordan McMeans (17:51) led the way, beating all but one runner in the 57-man field. Ryan Slesinski (18:08), Adam Theriault (18:10), Matt Penna (18:28), and Sean Young (18:42) contributed as well.

Bulkeley’s Jeremy Rivera (17:49) won the race.

“Jordan closed it up with about 400 meters to go and was right on top of him,” the coach said. “That kid from Bulkeley’s got a lot of talent and wasn’t going to be beat, but Jordan pushed him. It came down to a kick at the end.”

In the girls race, Catherine Myers (21:34) paced the Lady Knights with a second-place performance. Natalia Adamczyk (21:40), Laini Pizzitola (22:17), Amanda Perkowski (22:54), and Maggie Meehan (23:02) contributed as well.

New Britain’s Shaelyn Pacheco (20:09) won the race.

Both Southington teams finished the regular season at 5-2 overall and 3-2 in the CCC Central Blue. The Knights will compete against the top runners in Central Connecticut when they travel to Wickham Park to compete in the CCC Championship on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

“We had a good feel about whose where from the Wickham Invitational last week,” said Dachelet. “Just going off of what the girls team ran last year, if we improve just a little bit, we should finish third or fourth overall. The boys team can go anywhere from second to seventh. We were the only team that really gave Hall a run for their money this year, and that makes you feel good. But we have been running well though.”

The girls team placed fifth overall and the boys team placed sixth overall at last year’s CCC Championship.

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