MANCHESTER – St. Paul, Innovation and Terryville competed in the CIAC's Class S state cross country championship on Monday, finishing strong in class racing.
St. Paul's boys team took home an eighth-place finish, scoring 206 points. The leader, Hale Ray, narrowly edged Portland with a score of 63 points to Portland's 65. Terryville and Innovations' boys teams did not register a team score.
Colin Reilly was the leader for the Falcons, running a time of 17:58 for seventh-best in the class to earn him a spot in the State Open on Friday. Matthew Doherty was after him in the team's finishing, crossing at 19:13 for 26th-fastest.
Aiden Conklin was the third St. Paul runner to cross, finishing at 20:38 for 59th. Robert Roach was close behind him at 20:57, finishing 66th.
Alek Rencurrel (85th, 21:40), Brian Wilson (98th, 22:41) and John Glavin (101st, 23:05) finished out the scoring for St. Paul.
For Terryville, their No. 1 runner was Nicholas Fisco, who earned a spot at the State Open with a fifth-place time of 17:49. Two other Terryville runners raced Monday, with Ryan Laskowski running a 21:00 for 67th and Colby Pronovost running a 24:58 for 126th.
Innovation also had three runners, with Simon Mamaclay's time of 21:14 behind the leading time for the Ravens. He was 75th.
Behind Mamaclay were Damareon Taylor and David Siemers. Taylor finished at 24:17 for 117th and Siemers was 118th at 24:21.
TERRYVILLE’S DEFOREST SEVENTH; ST. PAUL GIRLS TAKES 11TH
The St. Paul girls team scored 268 points in the Class S girls race, finishing 11th in a field of 14. The leader, Somers, scored 48 points with all five scoring runners placing 21st or better.
Terryville and Innovation's girls teams did not score as a group.
Madalyne Bielecki was the leading runner for St. Paul, finishing 18th in the field at a time of 22:29. At 26:12, the next St. Paul girl crossed in Elizabeth Speaker. She was 69th.
Adriana Varela-Marin and Calista Oria were one second apart at the finish, placing 75th and 78th. Varela-Marin clocked a 26:46 while Oria was at 26:47.
Catharine Wootton (86th, 27:26), Charlotte Jennings (93rd, 27:48) and Madelyn Kronen (110th, 30:22) finished out the race for St. Paul.
Kaitlin Deforest was one of two Terryville runners, and found her way near the front early, maintaining her pace for a time of 21:16 to finish seventh. Her time earns her a spot in the State Open.
Fellow Terryville runner Taylor Barnett was 85th in the field, finishing at 27:26.
Innovation's Elyse Joseph and Natalia Torres also finished the Class S race. Joseph finished at 29:08 for 106th and Torres crossed at 31:05 for 112th.