The State Open Cross Country Championships will take place this Friday at Wickham Park in Manchester. The girls will start at 2 p.m. and boys 2:45 p.m.
Here are 10 girls to keep an eye on during Friday’s race.
- The Stanford-bound senior enters the Open as the two-time defending champion. DeBalsi has the fastest time on the course (17:41) and has a chance to become only the fourth female runner in CT history to win three straight class and Open titles.
- DeLoreto recorded the second fastest overall time at the divisional meets last weekend. She improved on her time from last year in the Class M meet by nearly 50 seconds, winning in 18:34. If the right conditions, DeLoreto has a chance to go under 18 and will push DeBalsi on a course she’s very familiar with.
- Pias is coming off a Class L title, running 19:04. The senior has been consistent all fall. With a strong lead pack, Pias has a good chance to easily break 19 minutes and place in the top 5 or 3.
- The Immaculate freshman impressed at the divisional meets not only winning the Class S title, but running an eye-opening 19:01. A strong, young runner, will be interesting to see how she responds in her first Open.
- The senior finished second at the Class S meet, running 19:07, one of the best of the entire state divisional last weekend. With a strong teammate in Saidman to run with, Gasparrini could get close to the 19 minute mark or under.
- The University of Georgia-bound senior couldn’t have asked for a better Class SS race last Saturday. Drop recorded a massive personal best, finishing in 18:58 for the third fastest time of the entire divisional field. A smart runner, Drop has a chance to not only duplicate that time, but better it.
- Like DeLoreto, Selfors has experienced a breakout year, as she bettered her Class L time from a year ago by nearly a minute, finishing runner-up to Pias. Selfors ran 19:28 at the 2014 Open but with a very competitive and fast field, she’ll push for that 19 minute mark.
- Dicicco couldn’t have asked for a better senior season. At the CCC Championships she finished in third place, and then last Saturday was second in the Class M, running 19:22. If Dicicco can stay with the lead pack for the entire race, she will challenge for a top 5 spot.
- Finished third overall at the SWC Championships, Mawdsley captured second place at the Class LL (19:17). Consistent runner that has been Newton’s No.1 and will look to better her class time in competitive field.
- Placed fourth at the CCC Championships and has been a strong frontrunner for Glastonbury in leading the Tomahawks to CCC and Class LL titles. Finished in a close third at LL meet in 19:17.