Runners across the state finally got to put those summer miles to work as the competitive season began with multi-school meets. Several races were more competitive than others on opening week, setting the stage for conference races that cover the September schedule.
Jacob Smith, Glastonbury: Finished first in the boys section at the Haddad Windham Invitational with a time of 16:25.
Gavin Sherry, Conard: The talented freshman won the 2.1-mile race in 10:59, a pace that will threaten the top of the state soon.
Matt Lecky, Middletown: Won the Middletown Invitational in 15:42. The course was shortened to 2.9 miles after a bee hive was disturbed during the junior varsity meet. Lecky edged Chris Deforest of Terryville (15:47) and Middletown teammate Sean Ahearn (15:49).
Jenna Zydanowicz, Hall: Ran a 18:25 to take top spot in the Haddad Windham Invitational last Saturday. She edged Somers’ Kylie Raymond by eight seconds.
Angela Saidman, Immaculate: Ran a 19:51.90 in winning the Somers Big Red Invitational.
READY, SET AND GO
Wilton Invitational, Saturday at Wilton High: The Warriors will host a number of local squads in a popular meet.
Stratton Brook Invitational, Saturday at Stratton Brook State Park, Simsbury: Many of the top teams from across the top of the state, including Staples and Hall.
Going to the Sun Invitational, Sept. 20 at Coginchaug High: The 31st annual race draws many of the schools from the Shoreline Conference.
Danbury, Darien, Trinity Catholic at Ludlowe: An early chance to see the Hatters, who performed well at the PTXC Invitational in Kutztown Pennsylvania last weekend.