Girls Cross Country: Top 10 New Haven County runners to watch

(Catherine Avalone - The Middletown Press)
Mercy senior captain Mackenzie Pias, at left, and sophomore Bridgid Selfors shared first place with an official time of 19:51 crossing the finish line hand in hand last season. The pair return as two of the top runners in the conference.

Maddie Brandon, senior, Haddam-Killingworth: Two-time defending Shoreline champion, Brandon will look to claim her third straight conference title this fall. Finished second at the Class SS state meet (20:07), top 30 finish at State Open last fall. Emily Criscuolo, junior, Amity: Consistent runner that should continue to get better. The No. 1 runner for Amity, […]

Cross Country: Top 5 meets to watch this fall in Connecticut

(Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register) 
CIAC Cross Country State Championship at Wickham Park in Manchester on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.

1. State Open Unlike a lot of states, Connecticut runners get the chance to flex their muscles statewide and find out  just how good they are against everyone. A week after each classification runs at the state meets, those who have qualified, get a chance to race one another to find out who is the […]

Girls Cross Country: A look at the SCC

The 21st Annual Southern Connecticut Conference cross country championship at Hammonasset State Park in Madison on Friday, October 17, 2014. (Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register)

Amity Coach: Sean Mahon (6th year) Record: 41-13 Last year: 9-0; SCC Housatonic Division Champions Captains: Melissa Taggart, Katie Dunleavy, Aleya Mahler. Top runners Emily Criscuolo Melissa Taggart Nicole Feng Amanda Granados Charlotte Gorham Natalie Iwaszkiewicz Key losses Lisa Gorham and Grace Leyden. Outlook Amity returns a solid core, led by junior Emily Criscuolo, who finished […]

Cross Country: Top 5 storylines to follow this fall

(Catherine Avalone - New Haven Register) 
CIAC Cross Country State Championship at Wickham Park in Manchester on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.

1. Hannah DeBalsi watch What will Hannah DeBalsi do in her final season? The rising Staples senior enters her last season on the Connecticut trails. She hasn’t lost an in-state race since her freshman year. DeBalsi is coming off a solid end to the track season where she placed third in the Brooks PR 2 […]

Cross Country: State-wide look at the top returning runners

The CIAC Cross Country season begins on Aug 27th with the first day of practices. Register file photos

The cross country season officially starts on Aug. 27 with the first day of practice. Here is a look at 10 of the top returning boys and girls cross country runners in the state and how they fared at the state and State Open level last fall. Both races were on the same course, Wickham […]

The CIAC’s 2015-16 School Enrollment Figures (for real, this time)

Glastonbury (above, as state champions) vs. Farmington is a state soccer event.  Photo Derek Turner

As many have pointed out to us, the CIAC has not included enrollment figures in their sports packets this year. But you can find them on the organization’s website in “Enrollments” under the “Schools” heading on the menubar of A week ago, in our haste to get the enrollment figures to you, we published […]

The CIAC’s 2015-16 Class Enrollment Figures [Update: No, these are *still* last year’s]

Glastonbury (above, as state champions) vs. Farmington is a state soccer event.  Photo Derek Turner

UPDATE: NOPE. NEVER MIND. NOTHING TO SEE HERE. Matt Glasz points out that we’ve failed and published LAST YEAR’s figures. That means we still don’t have THIS year’s figures. False alarm, folks. Apologies. We’ll be inquiring the CIAC about when these numbers will be updated. Sigh. WHERE ARE THE 2015-16 ENROLLMENT FIGURES? [ORIGINAL POST] As […]

The CIAC 2015 Fall Sports Schedules

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The 2015 CIAC Fall Sports Schedules have been released. Click the links below for master and individual schedules on Cross Country Boys Regular Season Schedules/Results (One School) Girls Regular Season Schedules/Results (One School) Boys Master Varsity Schedule Girls Master Varsity Schedule Field Hockey Regular Season Schedules/Results (One School) Master Varsity Schedule Football Boys Soccer Regular […]

Track and Field: Amity’s Jacobs resigns after 29 years of coaching

Amity head coach Thom Jacobs with sophomore distance runner Kyle Beaudette after the SCC eastern Meet in May at Amity High. Courtesy photo

After 29 years of coaching the sport of track and field, Amity head coach Thom Jacobs is resigning. Jacobs said he will be coaching cross country for at least one more year though at Amity. “The main driver is my step-daughter,” Jacobs said through an email. “It will be her senior year next year at […]

Connecticut High School Coaches Association: 2014-15 Awards

Some of the coach of the year award winners at the CHSCA banquet Thursday night. Clockwise, from top right: Hand field hockey coach Sue Leckey, Shelton golf coach Joe LaPorta, Glastonbury girls lacrosse coach Kris Cofiell (Photos via Glastonbury HS, Shelton HS and Hand HS)

The Connecticut High School Coaches Association honored its coaches of the year Thursday night at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. Here are the award winners: Athletic Director Gary Makowicki, Norwich Free Academy Baseball Richard Magner, Xavier Boys Basketball Ronald Pires, E.O. Smith Boys Cross Country Tom Butterfield, Hall Boys Golf Joseph LaPorta, Shelton Boys Lacrosse Brian White, […]

Track and Field: Staples’ Lawrence to be inducted into NHSCA National Hall of Fame

Annoucned today, Staples’ longtime cross country and track and field head coach Laddie Lawrence will be inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame. From the press release: “It is with great pleasure that the National High School Athletic Coaches Association announces the upcoming induction of Laddie Lawrence from Staples High […]

Cross Country: Staples’ DeBalsi named Gatorade CT Girls Runner of the Year

Staples' Hannah DeBalsi is the first female from CT to win the award back to back years

WESTPORT >> It may be indoor track and field season, but the awards from another sensational cross country season are still showing up for Staples’ Hannah DeBalsi. Thursday morning the state’s most dominant female high school distance runner was named the Gatorade Connecticut Girls Runner of the Year for the second straight year. “Hannah is […]

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

Staples' Hannah DeBalsi

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

All Area Girls XC

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

(Photo by Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register)
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 […]