Posts Tagged ‘ cross country ’

Stratton Brook Invitational; Girls place 3 runner in top 25; boys place 2 in top 30

September 26, 2014
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Stratton Brook Invitational; Girls place 3 runner in top 25; boys place 2 in top 30

By John Goralski Sports Writer Dan Dachelet double checked the numbers and trotted up to the Southington tent with a broad grin. He called out to a varsity girl lounging on a blanket, and she turned to face her cross country coach. “We finished fourth,” he cheered. “We beat Simsbury and Hall.” The runner looked…

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Off and runningBoys win at Blue Dragon Invite; Girls finish 2nd at season opener

September 19, 2014
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Off and runningBoys win at Blue Dragon Invite; Girls finish 2nd at season opener

By John Goralski Sports Writer There was a swagger to Southington’s boys cross country team as they gathered for a photo with their medals after the first race of the season. There was a confidence in the faces of the girls team as they mingled for the celebration shot. On Friday, Sept. 12, the Knights…

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Boys are going the distance; Blue Knight training has put them ahead of the curve

September 12, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer First-year coach Dan Dachelet listened with amused skepticism last spring when Brandon Bayron laid out his plan for off-season workouts. Dachelet couldn’t help but think that his future captain might be biting off more than he could chew, but who was he to question it? When Bayron returned his running…

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Crunching the numbers; Lady Knights are setting a new pace this fall

September 12, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer It hasn’t been that long since the Lady Knight cross country team had to fight just to get noticed. It’s only been a few seasons since they’ve begun to turn heads. Last year might have been the first time that the girls overshadowed the boys team at each of the…

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November 1, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Lauren Perkowski elbowed her way up the final hill at Wickham Park at the end of the front group of runners. As the sophomore neared the finish line, a crowd of blue jerseys appeared at the bottom of the hill. In 2010, the Southington girls limped into finish line in…

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Runners surge into postseason

October 25, 2013
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By JOHN GORALSKI SPORTS WRITER Coach Rich Niro couldn’t believe his eyes when Sean Garrison appeared at the bottom of the hill at Wickham Park. Finishers were still being counted in single digits, and here was his first Blue Knight elbowing his way to the finish line at the CCC championship race. On Wednesday, Oct.…

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Ready for the postseason; Knights enjoy season finale, Freshman attack Wickham

October 19, 2013
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Ready for the postseason; Knights enjoy season finale, Freshman attack Wickham

By John Goralski Sports Writer Four scarlet jerseys spoiled the perfect sea of blue in the boys race. There were no New Britain girls to challenge the girls. On Tuesday, Oct. 8, the Knights scored a pair of forfeits against New Britain at YMCA Camp Sloper. Winning was never a question in Southington’s final race,…

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Blue Knights mix it up; Cross Country shines at co-ed Sloper Relays

October 4, 2013
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Blue Knights mix it up; Cross Country shines at co-ed Sloper Relays

By John Goralski Sports Writer Parents and boosters huddle around gas grills at the edge of the pavilion, while groups of athletes stroll around the field in a wash of fall colors. On Friday, Sept. 27, YMCA Camp Sloper looked more like a fall festival than a competitive racing meet, and that’s just what officials…

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Surviving the course; Perkowski, Garrison pace the Knights at Sloper

September 27, 2013
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Surviving the course; Perkowski, Garrison pace the Knights at Sloper

By John Goralski Sports Writer Lauren Perkowski emerged from the woods in a sea of red jerseys and elbowed for position as they wound their way down one of the course’s steep hills. Her teammate, Sean Garrison, had already prevailed in the boys race, outlasting all but one on Southington’s new and improved cross-country course.…

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Battle of the sexes; The Lady Knights are setting the pace for local runners

September 6, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Wrtier The Lady Knights had a lot to cheer about when they cracked the top 15 at last year’s Class L championship race. It marked the first time that the girls team out-shadowed the boys at the finish line. It marked a shift in the program’s expectations and fulfilled the prediction…

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