These are the results for Southington High School’s varsity contests for Saturday, Oct. 29. For more in-depth coverage, read next week’s Southington Observer.
Cross Country: Southington advanced a pair of Blue Knights—Mark Murdy and Conner Leone—further into the postseason after competing at the Class LL Championship at Wickham Park in Manchester. The boys team placed 12th overall out of 25 teams. Staples won the boys Class LL title, followed by Danbury and Xavier. Mark Murdy (16:53) paced the Blue Knights with his personal best in a 5K race, finishing 25th out of 180 runners. Conner Leone (17:16) trailed not far behind Mark Murdy, finishing in 40th with a personal best at Wickham Park. Tom Murdy (17:21), Jordan McMeans (18:08), Shane Leone (18:29), Ryan Slesinski (18:33), and Adam Theriault (19:01) contributed as well. Tom Murdy also achieved his personal best in a 5K race. McMeans and Slesinski ran personal bests at Wickham Park. Zakeer Ahmad (15:49) of Staples beat out Drew Thompson of Fairfield Prep to win the race by about a second. The girls team placed 12th overall out of 19 teams. Ridgefield won the girls Class LL title, followed by Glastonbury and Staples. Isabella Scalise directed the Lady Knights by finishing 35th out of 141 runners. Marisa Matthews (21:38), Catherine Myers (21:59), Kate Kemnitz (22:05), Sarah Minkiewicz (22:16), Natalia Adamczyk (22:17), and Laini Pizzitola (22:31) contributed as well. Kemnitz, Adamczyk, and Pizzitola ran personal bests at Wickham Park. Katelynn Romanchick (19:22) of Trumbull beat out Emily Criscuolo of Amity to win the race by about four seconds. Mark Murdy and Conner Leone will represent Southington when they return to Wickham Park to compete against the top runners in the state in the state open on Friday, Nov. 6. The boys race will begin approximately at 2 p.m., followed by the girls race at 2:45 p.m. Staples is the defending boys state open champion. Tolland is the defending girls state open champion.