With the championship season right around the corner for cross country runners, Saturday’s Wickham Park Invitational in Manchester will serve as somewhat of a mini preview.
Run on the same course as the state championships and State Open, the all-day event, that starts at 9 a.m., features 15 races from the middle school level to varsity. Teams from Connecticut and other New England states will be represented.
Below is a quick guide to the invitational
Where: 1329 Middle Turnpike W, Manchester, CT 06040
Online: Live results can be found at nestiming.com
Meet reports: Teams attending and assignments
Course: 5,000 meters for high school (junior varsity and up)
|9:00 am||7th and 8th Grade Boys||3000M|
|9:25 am||7th and 8th Grade Girls||3000M|
|9:50 am||Freshman Girls||4000M|
|10:20 am||Freshman Boys||4000M|
|10:50 am||Girls JV 1||5000M|
|11:25 am||Boys JV 1||5000M|
|11:55 am||Girls JV 2||5000M|
|12:30 pm||Boys JV 2||5000M|
|1:00 pm||Boys JV 3||5000M|
|1:25 pm||LUNCH BREAK|
|1:45 pm||Girls Unseeded Varsity (won less than 50%)||5000M|
|2:20 pm||Boys Unseeded Varsity (won less than 50%)||5000M|
|2:55 pm||Girls Seeded Varsity (won between 50% & 80%)||5000M|
|3:25 pm||Boys Seeded Varsity (won between 50% & 80%)||5000M|
|3:55 pm||Girls Championship Varsity (won over 80%)||5000M|
|4:25 pm||Boys Championship Varsity (won over 80%)||5000M|
1329 Middle Turnpike W, Manchester, CT 06040
Top individual returners from Connecticut from 2014 for championship and seeded races
- Varsity girls championship: Hayley Collin (Tolland), placed fourth; Allison McArdle (Glastonbury), placed sixth; Mackenzie Pias (Mercy), placed eighth.
Others to watch: Bridgid Selfors (Mercy), Caitlin Swanson (Tolland), Katerine DeLoreto (Tolland), Gaelyn Kattman (Glastonbury).
- Varsity boys championship: Randy Neish (Glastonbury), placed second; Brendan Murray (Cheshire), placed third; James Lewis (Staples), placed sixth.
Others to watch: Connor Gralton (NFA), Brandon Harrington (Staples), Zakeer Ahmed (Staples), Drew Thompson (Fairfield Prep).
- Girls seeded: Danae Rivers (Cross), placed second; Sarah Mawdsley (Newtown), placed third (will race in championship); Sam Drop (Coginchaug), placed fourth.
Others to watch: Gabby Prizio (Derby), Gwendolyn Geisler (Conard), Kaitlin Bakas (South Windsor).
- Boys seeded: Michael Stoker (South Windsor), placed third (will race in championship); Peter Bakker (Northwestern), placed sixth; Ben Siciliano (Guilford), placed eighth.
Others to watch: Michael Rautter (New Fairfield), Gavin Woodward,(Northwestern), Aaron Norcia (Ledyard).