MANCHESTER - The CIAC held its cross country State Open on Friday afternoon at Wickham Park and while no area runners took home a title, there were a number of strong performances.
The Berlin girls cross country squad qualified as a team for the State Open as a result of its runner-up finish at the Class M championships. Juliana Cancellieri was the top Redcoat finisher, placing 22nd with a time of 20:21 and qualifying for the New England Cross Country Championships in the process.
The New England meet will be held Nov. 11 in Belfast, Maine.
Also running for the Redcoats were Megan Perrotta, Madison Marolda, Sarah Pertotta, Morgan Luciani, Audrey Jankovich and Noelle Konior. Berin tallied a total of 434 points, good for 19th place.
The Southington boys cross country team had one runner qualify for the State Opens.
The Blue Knights’ Conner Leone finished 53rd overall with a time of 17:17.
Berlin’s Michael Parzych was the final area cross country runner in the State Open. He finished 112th overall with a time of 18:00.
Southington 3, Tolland 0: The Blue Knights won 25-4, 25-19, 25-16 in the CCC Tournament semifinals on Friday, advancing to play in Saturday’s championship match against RHAM or Bristol Eastern at Glastonbury High School.
For Southington (19-2), Sarah Myrick had 10 kills, Hannah Zelina had seven kills, Haley Larrabee had six kills, Jenna Martin had seven aces and Steph Zera had 29 assists, five digs and two kills.
Goodwin Tech 3, Norwich 2: The No. 6-seed Gladiators held on to win in the semifinals of the inaugural Connecticut Technical Conference volleyball tournament on Thursday, beating host No. 2 Norwich Tech 25-15, 25-17, 22-25, 25-27, 15-13.
“These girls got off the bus ready to play and dominated the first two sets. Everything was clicking,” Goodwin Tech coach Paul Soucy said.
Norwich regrouped and managed to win two very close sets to make it 2-2.
“We had opportunities to close out the match in both the third and fourth sets, but just couldn’t get that final point,” Soucy said.
Leading the way for Goodwin Tech (18-4) were Leina Rivers (15 service points, 5 aces, 13 kills, 21 digs), Tiana Rodriquez (6 service points, 21 assists) and Joarielys Pino (8 service points, 2 aces, 8 kills).
“Leina Rivera played one of her best matches of the season,” Soucy said.
“In the fifth set we took an early lead and then built it to 10-5. We found a way to hang on for a 15-13 win,” he said.
“This was a well-fought match on both sides of the net,” he added. “I am proud of the way the girls have made strides in each of the years I have been coaching.”
The championship game is Saturday at 5 p.m. at St. Joseph’s College in West Hartford.
Plainville places fourth: The Blue Devils placed fourth in the CCC South swimming and diving divisional championships.
Lydia Weinberg was all-conference in both the 100 butterfly and 50 freestyle, winning a conference championship in the 50 freestyle.
Bella Samperi finished third and qualified for states in the 500 freestyle, while Gabby Soli and Bella Bantz finished fourth and fifth in the 100 breaststroke.
Also having strong swims on the day were Kayla Foster, Ashleigh Bantz and Alyssa Macomber.