MANCHESTER - Fans from all Central Connecticut Conference teams packed Wickham Park on Tuesday afternoon as the CCC boys and girls cross country championships took place.
Michael Bohlke of Newington took third in the race (first out of North runners), clocking a time of 15.45.6 that was off the leader by roughly 15 seconds. Bohlke was running in third for much of the race and established a gap between him and fourth.
Bohlke, having run the track before, knew how to attack it despite not putting out his best time last go around. This time, he credited the build up to event and eating well to help avoid cramps again,
"Last time I ran it I cramped up, so honestly going into (Tuesday) it was all about nutrition," said Bohlke. "Just making sure I ate right, drank right, and it worked. I think I felt good, it was just kind of got stuck in a gear going up for the last mile. Didn't quite have a kick, but I didn't cramp up, so I did what I wanted to do."
The meal in question that led to Bohlke's day was a sandwich paired with a Fig Newton bar and a banana, something that may now be the secret to Newington's success on the boys side going forward.
"Every race it's seeing what works, what makes me faster," said Michael Bohlke. "... I think it might be [the key to success]."
The rest of Newington's pack posted modest times, with Collin Karanian clocking in at 18:32.9 for 60th overall. Charles Pade (140th, 20:23.9), Ralph Campos (143rd, 20:30.7), Filip Nadratowski (151st, 20:43.5), James Vendetti (155th, 20:46.9) and Zackary White (156th, 20:50.4) rounded out the scoring runners for Newington.
As a team, Newington finished 17th in the field with 466 points. In the North Division, the Nor'easters were second in the field with 59 points (behind Rocky Hill's 29), with their scoring runners finishing no worse than 21st.
NEWINGTON GIRLS PLACE ONE IN TOP-5
In the girls race Newington's Katie Bohlke took fifth, narrowly missing out on fourth by a late push from Tolland's Peyton Bornstein. Katie Bohlke's time was 19:48.8, about 28 seconds off the leader Brooke Strauss of Glastonbury.
Out of runners in the North Division, Katie's time was the fastest by nearly a minute.
Teammate Alexandra Daha was 45th overall, running a time of 22:19.6 for the second quickest Nor'easter girls time. Rosalia Pouliot (79th, 23:43.0), Maeve Gunning (86th, 23:51.9), Elizabeth Doll (134th, 25:29.9), Carissa Toth (142nd, 25:48.0) and Maggie Woods (148th, 26:13.7) rounded out Newington's scoring times in the race.
In total, Newington's girls team scored 329 points for 12th overall in the field. In just the North Division, the Nor'easters were first with 46 points and no scoring runner finishing worse than 19th in the division.