Local runners earn CCC all-conference honors in boys cross country

Published on Friday, 10 December 2021 20:01
Written by TYLER HETU


The all-Central Connecticut Conference boys cross country team was announced earlier this week with 13 area runners receiving recognition for their work this season across three different divisions in the conference.

In the North Division, Newington’s Michael Bohlke and Collin Karanian represented the Nor’easters.

Regulars near the front, Karanian and Bohlke anchored the front of the scoring team for Newington’s state-qualifying team. The Nor’easters finished 16th as a team in the Class L boys state race, scoring 425 points with Bohlke finishing fourth and Karanian placing 70th.

Bohlke finished in a time of 16:20, earning him an automatic spot in the state Open. Bohlke improved on his Class L time by nearly a minute in the Open, finishing in 15:29 for fourth fastest in the entire state, just 13 seconds off the leader.

After that, he then went on to finish in the top-10 at the Eastbay Cross Country Championship Northeast Regional, Bohlke earned an spot in the National Finals, which is happening Saturday (Dec. 11) at Balboa Park in San Diego, California. The all-conference selection is also his third all-time with Newington.

Karanian didn’t qualify for state, but had a quality finish to his sophomore season at 19:04. He and Bohlke were the only Newington runners under the 20 minute mark at state.

In the South Division, Berlin’s Ben Fisher and Will Turgeon joined Bristol Central’s Francis Porrini and Chris Roy on all-CCC. Bristol Eastern’s Logan Crowley and Plainville’s Chase McNamara, Charles Lasko and Valiantsin Kasabrukhau were also selected in the South.

Berlin’s Fisher and Turgeon were front runners on a state-qualifying Redcoat team. The Redcoats finished ninth at the Class MM meet, scoring 259 points with both runners finishing in the top-30.

Fisher finished 23rd in Class MM, finishing in 18:33. Turgeon was 28th, clocking a time of 18:44. Neither qualified for the Open.

Central’s Porrini was also a regular up front, with Roy often in tow with him in most races. Bristol Central scored 309 points and finished 11th as a team in the Class L state meet, with the two leading the way.

Porrini’s time of 17:21 was good enough for 11th, earning him a spot in the Open. At the Open, Porrini finished in 58th with a time of 17:13.

Roy finished his junior campaign at 18:48, finishing 55th, and did not qualify for the Open.

For Bristol Eastern, Crowley was among the top runners for the Lancers, placing 41st at the Class MM state boys race.

Crowley was the second fastest Lancer that day, clocking a time of 19:12. He didn’t qualify for the Open. As a team, Bristol Eastern finished 11th at state, scoring 283 points.

Plainville’s leading pack of McNamara, Lasko and Kasabrukhau finished in succession of one another, going 17th, 20th and 23rd (respectively) in the Class M race at state for the Blue Devils.

As a team, Plainville finished 10th in the field with 219 points. McNamara finished at 18:01, Lasko crossed at 18:23 and Kasabrukhau finished at 18:26 to help Plainville’s score stay low. Despite modest results, the trio did not qualify for the state Open. The three are all underclassmen, and are likely to return to form next season for Plainville for another push at state.

Out of the West Division, Southington’s Grayson Borla, Drew Nafis and Jake Nafis were selected.

The Southington trio helped the Blue Knights place eighth in the Class LL state race, with the Nafis boys and Borla all finishing within the top-50 of the class.

Drew and Jake Nafis ran stride-for-stride at state, finishing in 27th and 29th, with times of 17:46 and 17:47, respectively. Borla was 50th in the field, clocking a time of 18:30.

The Nafis boys both earned a state open bid, with both improving their time. Jake finished at 17:09 for 52nd while Drew finished at 17:29 for 80th. Borla didn’t qualify for the Open.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, New Britain, Newington, Plainville, Southington on Friday, 10 December 2021 20:01. Updated: Friday, 10 December 2021 20:04.