The Bristol Press – Area schools end strong at CCC Cross Country Championships
MANCHESTER – Plainville, Berlin and Southington faced Wickham Park on Tuesday afternoon, entering the Central Connecticut Conference Cross Country Championships with the build-up to intensifying stats tournaments.
Plainville’s day at the park was good, getting solid finishes from Val Kasabrukhau and Charles Lasko. Kasabrukhau’s time of 18: 20.5 was good enough for the 48th while Lasko’s time of 18: 28.6 placed him 52nd in the field.
“Nobody really had a bad race today,” said Plainville head coach Shaun Berard. “… We had some guys from JV who lost a lot of time. I think everyone had a good race today.”
Plainville’s fifth goal was completed by Matt Badorek (80th, 18: 59.9), Matt Andersen (87th, 19: 06.5) and Justin DeBellis (128th, 20: 09.8).
As for the girls of Plainville, they had a solid finish from Gianna Rodriguez, who finished 55th in 22: 48.2. Behind her was Penley Giola at 23: 33.2 in 72nd.
Behind her were Oliwia Marecik (91st, 23: 56.2), Rachel Diaz (94th, 23: 59.2) and Sophia Leonetti (104th, 24: 31.9).
Overall, Plainville’s record is a good mark for the program, which gets good times until the fifth rider.
“I like our team this year. I like the balance, that the boys and girls are strong until number five,” said Bérard. “In big races like the state race, having a strong number five is important because if you have four great runners and a five comes on the line, the points add up really quickly.… We’re going to have a good one. balance at the state meeting. ”
As a team, the boys from Plainville finished 12th overall with 296 points. The Plainville girls finished 14th, scoring 398 points.
STRENGTHENING THE MENTAL PLAY FOR BERLIN
Berin’s women’s cross-country team battled for the top spot on Tuesday afternoon, filling the front of the field with Redcoat riders from the region’s CCC competition.
Natalie Kmita was the leader in the girls’ Berlin, finishing 13th at 20: 40.5. Berlin filled the top 70 with its scorer runners, securing Nadia Malec (49th, 22: 27.9), Claudia Jankovic (58th, 22: 51.4), Nina Garofalo (60th, 23: 00.2) and Taylor Desmarais (70th, 23: 31.1) everywhere for good scores.
The battle for the Berlin women’s team has not been so much against fitness as it is against the right frame of mind to fight.
“The biggest obstacle for us hasn’t been physical, it’s mental,” said Berlin girls head coach Steve Soucy. “… This team is very young so they get very nervous. Quite honestly we’ve kind of ignored the things that we would normally do before races like this just to try and put them in a better mental state. Physically, they are where they need to be. ”
On the boys’ side, Berlin was led by 29th Ben Fisher in 17: 49.4. Will Turgeon was 51st at 18: 27.4 behind him, and Austin ValedaSerr was 68th at 18: 45.5.
Ryan Markey (118th, 19: 57.2) and Alex Gabor (120th, 20: 02.7) also scored times for Berlin.
The Berlin women’s team finished sixth in the standings with 238 points. The Berlin boys’ team was 15th in the table, scoring 372 points.
COME TOGETHER, LEARNING CURVE
According to Blue Knights head coach Dan Dachelet, the Southington men’s cross country team consolidated as they went, and left the CCC cross country championship with a fourth place finish with which she is certainly not upset.
“The guys team, they have come together really well this year,” said Dachelet. “… Gradually over the season and it was certainly the highlight for us so far, … fourth place in this conference is a good thing.”
Jake Nafis (20th, 17: 22.2), Drew Nafis (26th, 17: 41.1) and Grayson Borla (33rd, 17: 55.6) were the top three for the Blue Knights. William Leibler (62nd, 18: 36.7) and Logan Miceli (64th, 18: 38.6) closed the top 5 for Southington, bringing the team’s score to 203.
“We beat teams that we lost to in individual doubles matches, and that was the goal,” said Dachelet.
In the girls’ race, Jacqueline Izzo did not run, which forced several Blue Knights to step up.
Jessica Lombardo was able to provide a well-deserved lead at 20: 35.8 which placed her 12th overall. Behind her were Emma Talon (53rd, 22: 40.4), Ava Egan (77th, 23: 42.1), Megan Bissoni (87th, 23: 52.1) and Megan Wadman (24: 35.7) for complete the score.
Southington kids have shown promise, but are still learning the ins and outs of the sport.
“On the ladies’ side, … we had a few youngsters who did very well,” said Dachelet. “We have a young team, a very young team. We try to understand the whole sport of cross country with them, they are so young.”