NEW HAVEN — Guilford girls cross country standout Meredith Bloss always goes into a race with a game plan.
On Friday, Bloss’ plan was to have a consistent pace start to finish in the girls varsity race at the Southern Connecticut Conference Cross Country Meet at East Shore Park.
Well, the plan worked.
Bloss immediately took the lead at the sound of the starting gun and pulled away throughout the race to beat her nearest competitor by over a minute. Bloss won the girls varsity race in 19 minutes, 19 seconds with Ella Bradford of Hamden second in 20:20 and Clara Wiesler of Guilford third in 20:21.
It was the second straight SCC title for Bloss. She led the Indians to their second straight SCC team title and 15th overall. Other top finishers for the Indians were Gianna Siciliano (8th, 20:40) and Emma Bonz (23rd, 21:26). Guilford won with 62 points followed by Amity (88) and Cheshire (102).
“For me, this was a test today to see where I could go and if I could have a consistent quality of pace,” Bloss said. “I led from start to finish. It wasn’t quite where I was last year, but I had the same steady form. It was nice to see us win the team title too. Guilford girls cross country has been enjoying a resurgence the past two seasons.
“In the early 2000s the team had its share of wins and now we’re winning again individually and as a team. We have a lot of strong freshmen and it was nice to see them do well today. We are set up to have a lot of success in the next few years.”
For Guilford girls cross country coach Jim Ford, he considers the SCC meet one of the biggest meets of the season for his team.
“We always gear ourselves to win the SCC meet, it pushes us to do our best,” Ford said. “Today was by far the best we’ve run as a team this season. Meredith led the way for us, she just loves running. That’s her strength as a runner. She works hard and she enjoys it. Clara Weisler had a great race today along with Gianna Sicilliano and our freshmen came through for us too including Olivia Skapczynski (28th, 21:49).”
Bradford couldn’t have been happier with her second-place finish.
“Bloss led right from the start, no one was going to catch her,” Bradford said. “But everyone was so energized. I was third most of the way but surged ahead with about 200 meters to go to pull into second place. I’m so happy to get second, especially with so many talented girls running.”
Team results: 1. Guilford 62, 2. Amity 88, 3. Cheshire 102, 4. Hand 140, 5. Hamden 144, 6. Wilbur Cross 215, 7. Shelton 216, 8.Mercy 231, 9. Law 247, 10. Sheehan 258, 11. Foran 264, 12. Lauralton Hall 296, 13. Lyman Hall 329, 14. Branford 334.
Individuals: 1. Meredith Bloss (Guilford) 19:19, 2. Ella Bradford (Hamden) 20:20, 3. Clara Wiesler (Guilford) 20:21, 4. Anna Steffen (Hand) 20:22, 5. Amanda Addesso (Cheshire) 20:28, 6. Elisabeth Brown (Sheehan) 20:34, 7. Anna Weissenberg (Shelton) 20:35. 8. Gianna Siciliano (Guilford) 20:40, 9. Rachel Cipolla (Mercy) 20:45, 10. Grace Adolphe (WIlbur Cross) 20:46, 11. Ariana Garay (Amity) 20:51, 12.Abigail Bowser (Amity) 20:58, 13.Emily Longmore (Cheshire) 21:07, 14. Stephanie Meza Sanchez (Wilbur Cross) 21:12, 15. Olivia Ferraro (Cheshire) 21:16, 16. Madison Steigman (Hamden) 21:17, 17. Molly Marrandino (Hamden) 21:18, 18. Madelyn Ciskowski (Amity) 21:18, 19. Katie Konaresky (Law) 21:20, 20. Alexandra Kenealy (Shelton) 21:20, 21. Meghan Georgescu (Cheshire) 21:22, 22. Caroline Chen (Amity) 21:23, 23. Emma Bonz (Guilford) 21:26, 24. Madison Rotermund (Hand) 21:27, 25. Jenna Ricciardi (Amity) 21:30.