Posts Tagged ‘ cross country ’

Class LL Championship; Garrison advances; Injured girls fall short of open

October 31, 2014
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Class LL Championship; Garrison advances; Injured girls fall short of open

By John Goralski Sports Writer The Lady Knight’s No. 2 runner was perched on crutches at the finish line as her teammates navigated the 5K course at Wickham Park. Southington’s top runner was beginning to fade into the pack. One varsity runner learned about her start just a few days before the race. All of…

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Taming the conference; Girls finish 2nd in CCC West; Boys place 4th

October 24, 2014
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Taming the conference; Girls finish 2nd in CCC West; Boys place 4th

By Jon Goralski Sports Writer The pain was etched across her face as Gabi Napoli clawed her way toward the finish line. Southington’s frontrunner, Lauren Perkowski, was still in her sights, and the junior runner hobbled up the final hill in hot pursuit. On Wednesday, Oct. 15, fallen runners littered the Wickham Park course when…

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Girls win Nonnewaug; SHS Cross Country is finding its stride

October 9, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Lauren Perkowski (20:06.72) charged into the top five at the Nonnewaug Invitational Meet. Gabi Napoli (20:36.07) broke into the top 10, and Catherine Myers (20:51.97) finished 14th, but that was expected. On Friday, Oct. 5, Coach Dan Dachelet expected his top three runners to compete against the top girls at…

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Sloper Relays; Fundraiser event has swelled into a cross country festival

October 2, 2014
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Sloper Relays; Fundraiser event has swelled into a cross country festival

By John Goralski Sports Writer An inflatable arch marked the finish line. Streamers traced the course at YMCA Camp Sloper, and throngs of fans chased the pack as it criss-crossed the Southington park. For four years, the annual Sloper Relays has been a welcomed break from the rigors of the varsity season. This year, it…

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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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