Cross Country: Led by All-American’s DeBalsi and Ostberg, CT runners fare well at Foot Locker Championships

Staples' Hannah DeBalsi gets ready to take off at the start of the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships. Photo by Mary Albl/Register

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. >> The high school cross country season finally came to an end for four of Connecticut’s best high  school distance runners Saturday morning at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships. Led by Staples’ Hannah DeBalsi’s fifth place finish, Connecticut placed three runners in the top 20 and two earned All-American status at […]

Cross Country: It’s been a different season for Staples’ Hannah DeBalsi, but one she’s learned to embrace

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SAN DIEGO, CALIF.  >> Hannah DeBalsi describes this cross country season as both interesting and different. “I guess the season has been different because I’ve had to step back and realize why I like running,” DeBalsi said. The Staples High junior has battled through an injury, learned to train and run by herself, and in […]

Cross Country Foot Locker notebook: Darien’s Ostberg ready to go for Foot Locker Championships

Hall's Ari Klau with Darien's Alex Ostberg yesterday after a run in San Diego at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships.

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. >> Despite an injury a few weeks prior to the Northeast Regional Foot Locker race, Darien’s Alex Ostberg still managed to easily win, crossing the tape in 15:17.8, more than 15 seconds faster than the second place finisher. Now heading into Saturday’s Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, he said he’s feeling in […]

Cross Country: CT runners arrive at Foot Locker Championships

Staples' Hannah DeBalsi in front of the hotel the athletes stay at for Foot Locker Championships. Photo by Mary Albl

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. >> The four runners from Connecticut have officially arrived on the west coast. Thursday afternoon, Hannah DeBalsi (Staples), Alex Ostberg (Darien), Gabrielle Richichi (New Fairfield) and Ari Klau (Hall) made the cross country journey to San Diego, California to compete in the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships. All four qualified for […]

Cross Country: Darien’s Ostberg heads to Foot Locker Nationals as one of Connecticut’s best ever

Darien's Alex Ostberg will compete in the Foot Locker National Cross Country race this Saturday in San Diego, California. Photo by Mary Albl

Donn Cabral still views himself as one of the best distance runners to come out of the state of Connecticut. The 2008 Glastonbury High graduate has an impressive running resume that includes qualifying for the 2012 Olympics, being a three-time All-American in the steeplechase and a multitude of other accomplishments, including a few state high […]

Girls cross country: 2014 New Haven Register All-Area Team

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Mackenzie Pias – MVP Mercy junior Stats: The junior helped guide Mercy to a second consecutive SCC title this past fall and a runner-up finish at the Class L meet. Pias won the SCC individual title in a course-record time (18:32), finished second at state meet, seventh at State Open (19:05) and 14th at New […]

2014 NH Register girls cross country MVP: Mackenzie Pias, Mercy

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2014 All-Area Girls Cross Country Cross Country MVP: Mackenzie Pias, Mercy.

The path to success for Mercy’s Mackenize Pias all started with a clear mind.  The 2013 cross country season for Pias ended with a 58th place finish at the State Open, capping off an up and down year for the sophomore. Fast forward a year later and Pias now has a much better outlook on […]

Cross Country: Ridgefield’s Gilbert wins Nike Cross Northeast title

Ridgefield's Austin Gilbert won the Nike Cross Northeast Regional title on Saturday. Register file photo

Saturday at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, New York Ridgefield’s Austin Gilbert’s cross country season got extended by one more race. Racing at the Nike Cross Northeast Regional Championships, Gilbert crossed the tape in a winning time of 16 minutes and 1.2 seconds. With the victory Gilbert qualifies for the Nike Cross Championships in Portland, Oregon on […]

Cross Country: Darien’s Ostberg wins Northeast Foot Lockers, CT qualifies 4 athletes for Nationals

Darien's Alex Ostberg won the Northeast Regional Foot Locker Championships Saturday. Photo by Mary Albl

BRONX>> Saturday morning at the Northeast Foot Locker Regional Cross Country Championships at Van Cortlandt Park, the state of Connecticut took another giant step forward on the national high school running scene. Led by Darien’s Alex Ostberg’s first place finish, four Connecticut runners placed in the top 10 to qualify for Foot Locker Nationals on […]

Cross Country: Staples gearing up for Nike, Foot Locker Regionals

Staples' Hannah DeBalsi finished in third place last year at the Foot Locker Northeast Regionals. Register file photo

WESTPORT >> In the end, the Staples High boys’ cross country team wanted one more race. After finishing fourth at the New England Championships on Nov. 8, the Wreckers were faced with a decision. Make a push for one final run at Nike Regionals or end the season and prepare for indoor track. “What we […]

Cross Country: Area runners set to run at Foot Locker, Nike Regionals

Hall's Ari Klau wins the CCC championship meet at Wickham Park in Manchester. Catherine Avalone-New Haven Register

After a few weeks off from races, a handful of high school runners from Connecticut will gear up for one more run. Saturday the Foot Locker Northeast Regionals will take place at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx with the top 10 finishers qualifying for Foot Locker Nationals on Dec. 13 in San Diego. ENTRIES: […]

Litchfield Hall of Fame to induct 10 new members

The Litchfield Athletic Hall of Fame enshrines 10 new members this Friday in a 6:30 p.m. ceremony and reception at the Litchfield Community Center. Inductees are Chris Blazek, Chris Chabot, Robert Davenport, Matt Donne, Kathleen Ebner, Leland McKenna, Benjamin Murphy, Andrew O’Dell, Sharon Simoncelli and Tom Wu. Chris Blazek Blazek is best known for a […]

Girls Cross Country: 2014 All-Southern Connecticut Conference selections

Cheshire's Lauren Daddi was a first-team All-SCC selection.

Cross Country First Team Mackenzie Pias (Mercy), Danae Rivers (Wilbur Cross), Bridgid Selfors (Mercy), Emily Criscuolo (Amity Regional), Cyrene Nicholas (Branford), Lauren Daddi (Cheshire), Kirsten Morro (Guilford), Talia Staiger (Mercy), Lisa Gorham (Amity Regional), Amanda Granados (Amity Regional), Sydney Stofflet (Guilford), Sheila Flaherty (Daniel Hand) Second Team Nicole Wilkes (Hamden), Evelyn Ferrall (Guilford), Hannah Albert […]

Cross Country: DeBalsi, Ostberg give Connecticut sweep of New England individual titles

Darien's Alex Ostberg runs up the hill at Wickham Park Saturday afternoon at Cross Country Championships. Photo by Mary Albl

MANCHESTER >> It was a banner day for high school distance runners in Connecticut at the New England Cross Country Championships on Saturday afternoon at Wickham Park. Staples’ Hannah DeBalsi and Darien’s Alex Ostberg set the tone as the dynamic pair swept the individual titles. Ostberg won the boys’ race in 15:07, the second-fastest time […]

Cross Country: New England Gameday

Darien's Alex Ostberg will look to better his course record this Saturday at the New England Championships. Register file photo

NEW ENGLAND CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS When: Saturday, 11:30 a.m. (boys); 12:30 (girls) Where: Wickham Park, Manchester Internet: Nestiming.com Defending champions: Staples’ Hannah DeBalsi (girls); Ridgefield’s Trevor Hopper (boys); Coe-Brown Academy, N.H. (girls); La Salle Academy, R.I. (boys) You should know: The top six teams and 25 individuals from Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island and New […]

SCC names scholar athletes for September

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Sixteen student-athletes from eight high schools have been named The SportsCenter of Connecticut/Southern Connecticut Conference Scholar Athletes of the Month for September. Each SCC member school gets two honorees per season (fall, winter and spring). Student athletes who are selected must be a varsity letterwinner and have a 3.0/B average while demonstrating leadership qualities. The […]

Girls Cross Country: Mercy qualifies for New Englands for first time in 20 years

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MANCHESTER >> After finishing in a somewhat-disappointing second place last weekend at the Class L state championship meet, Mercy was anxious for a chance to improve. On Friday afternoon at Wickham Park they did just that. Led by a seventh-place showing from Mackenzie Pias, the Tigers scored 179 points to capture fourth at the State […]

Live Updates – CIAC Cross Country State Open: DeBalsi wins girls title; Ostberg boys

Hannah DeBalsi of Staples on her way to the State Open Cross Country Championship win at Wickham Park in Manchester last fall. Register file photo.

Follow live updates from the CIAC Cross Country State Open, beginning at 2 p.m. for the girls and at 2:45 for the boys at Wickham Park in Manchester. Photos, videos and results will be posted in the window below. Scroll down for earlier results. LIVE RESULTS

Cross Country: State Open Gameday

 When: Friday, 2 p.m. (girls); 2:45 (boys) Where: Wickham Park, Manchester Internet: NFHSNetwork.com Defending champions: Tolland (girls); Ridgefield (boys) What to watch for: The Tolland girls are the No. 1 team in the state and the Eagles look close to unbeatable. Last week they made history by placing five runners in the top five in […]