MADISON >> Amity cross country coach Bob Orgovan calls Kyle Beaudette a patient runner. For the superb sophomore distance runner, there couldn’t have been a better example of that than Friday afternoon’s race at Hammonasset Beach State Park.
After placing 11th last year at the Southern Connecticut Conference championship meet, Beaudette waited until midway through the course to make his move. He built a lead and held on for the convincing win in a time of 15 minutes, 56 seconds.
“The plan was just stay with the pack,” Beaudette said. “Everyone is great in the SCC right now. And if I got a chance, (I was going to) take the lead and hold it,” Beaudette said.
Beaudette was the only runner to clock under 16 minutes, and shaved nearly a minute off his time from last year.
“We’ve tried to tell him it’s a process,” Orgovan said. “And he’s very good at that. He’s very disciplined.”
Beaudette’s performance was just the capper to a special day for the Spartans. They won their first SCC team title since 2008, scoring an impressive 42 points as three runners placed in the top 10.
“I’m thrilled, the kids all ran well,” Orgovan said. “I think every kid had a PR. I don’t think we could have run any better today.”
Cheshire finished second as a team (86), led by freshman Brendan Murray’s second-place finish in a time of 16:12. First-year coach Will Lathrop was pleased with the showing, but was hoping for a closer finish with Amity.
“(The plan was to) try to compete with Amity,” Lathrop said. “They’re a force to be reckoned with and we knew that coming in, but we also thought if our kids ran their best race, we could give them a run for their money. Our team did not run our best race today.”
Xavier finished third (131), Hamden fourth (132) and Fairfield Prep fifth (134).
Amity’s Harrison Block captured third (16:15), Branford’s Luke Arsenault fourth (16:18) and Xavier’s Jack O’Hara was fifth (16:20).
“I was hoping I was more focused than they were today, because that’s what it really comes down to,” Arsenault said.