MANCHESTER - The Newington boys cross country team had yet to lose a race all season. It wasnâ€™t about to falter in the most important one so far, especially against its divisional opponents.
The Indians finished 13th overall, one spot behind Berlin, to take the Central Connecticut Conference North Colonial Division title at the CCC Cross Country Championships at Wickham Park and was one of three boys teams to place in the top 15.
Hall took the overall championship on the boys side.
Aiden Toth was once again the top scorer for Newington. The junior finished 25th with a time of 17:16.0, also the top mark in the division.
Samuel Geisler (33rd place, 17:28.0), Serhiy Demyanov (60th, 18:00.8), Sal Scata (109th, 18:59.3) and Joseph Bohlke (110th, 18:27.5) rounded out the Indiansâ€™ top five.
Newington might have won its divisional crown, but it was Southington that produced the best team performance locally in both the boys and girls races.
The Blue Knights boys took fifth with a score of 200 with the Leone twins leading the way. All five of Southingtonâ€™s runners finished in the top 65.
Conner Leone took fifth individually, the best of the area runners with a time 16:40.0. Shane Leone followed, placing 37th at 17:30.4. Matthew Penna finished 45th in a time of 17:38.4, while Sean Young came in 52nd 10 seconds later. Ryan Slesinski rounded out the top runners for the Blue Knights with a time of 18:01.3.
The Southington girls, meanwhile, took sixth place. Its top five runners were even better than the boys. All five placed in the top 55.
The Blue Knights were led by Isabella Scalise, who finished 36th with a time of 21:05.8. Natalia Adamczyk was the second Southington runner to cross the finish line, doing so at 21:12.0 to take 40th place, while Kate Kemnitz finished right behind at 41 at 21:12.2.
Sarah Minkiewicz placed 52nd (21:34.2) and Kailey Schmarr took 54th (21:39.4) to round out the group.
The Redcoats boys team has a solid day as well, ending up with 12th place with a score of 328.
Michael Parzych was the top runner for Berlin. He came in 34th in a time of 17:28.5. Joshua Ladd was second, taking 58th place thanks to a time of 17:56.9. The two were followed by teammates Gianni Fanelli (64th, 18:02.9), Nicholas Parzych (82nd,18:20.5) and Christopher Bantle (90th, 18:27.5).
The girls team for the Redcoats did even better, taking 11th.
Juliana Cancellieri led Berlin, coming in 14th place with a time of 20:09.2. She was also best runner of the area girls at the meet. Megan Perrotta took 19th in a time of 20:14.4. Madison Marolda was the third runner for the Redcoats, finishing in 66th place with a time of 21:58.2. Sarah Perrota placed 93rd in a time of 23:00.0 even and Morgan Luciani was 95th with a time of 23:045.
The Newington girls team ended the day behind Berlin as well with a 19th place finish with Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern right ahead.
Samantha Gorski crossed the finish line at 21:49.9 to take 63rd place, which was the top spot for the Indians. Angelina Zacharias and Julie Robinson were the next two to finish, one right after the other. Zacharias took 102nd in a time of 23:27.2, while Robinson ended up with 103rd in 23:27.4. Madelyn Gentile (112th, 23:59.3) and Alexa Freitas (123rd, 24:27.4) rounded out their top five.
Plainville finished fourth among the area school in terms of placing. The boys team for the Blue Devils took 20th with the girls 25th.
The McNamara twins led the Plainville boys. Cole earned the best mark with a 17:37.6 and a 44th place finish. Connor McNamara ended the day in 67th place with a time of 18:06.4.
Christopher Young (143rd, 19:42.2) was the third runner for the Blue Devils with Bryan Buckley (19:46.9) and Andrew Kane (20:55.7) placing 149th and 182nd respectively.
Taylor LaPira was the top runner for Planville on the girls side. She placed 107th with a time of 23:43.2. Kaycee Newberry (125th, 24:29.7), Emma Lopez (150th, 25:18.0), Teagan Russell (151st, 25:20.9) and Helena Yawin (156th, 26:08.3) were the Blue Devils other top finishers.
New Britain did not place. Carlos Villarini was the top runner for the boy team for the Hurricanes, placing 195th in a time of 21:02.0, while Jamie Kelley was the top for the girls. The junior ended her day in a time of 24:53.6, good for 148th.
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