By John Torsiello
The Simsbury High School girls cross-country team continued its stellar season with a fourth place finish at last weekend’s Class LL state meet held at Wickham Park in Manchester.
The Lady Trojans compiled a 13-1 dual meet record this fall and tied with Conard for the Central Connecticut Conference West title. The squad bounced back from a fifth place finish at the conference meet with a strong showing at states.
“We didn’t run particularly well at the conference meet, but finishing fourth in Class LL was good considering the level of competition,” said head coach Chris Medve, who is in his 13th season. His teams have compiled a 141-31 dual meet record during his tenure. “The LL Division is just loaded with talent.”
Simsbury will compete at the State Open Friday (after press time) at Wickham Park.
“The goal every year is to qualify for New Englands and the team is really excited to race Friday,” said Medve.
Sarah Mattison finished fifth overall last Saturday followed by Caroline Smith, Abby Hotaling, Sarah Soja, Haley Denninger, Julie Longfritz, and Ashley Meuser.
The Simsbury boys finished 10th in Class LL, with Conall Hughes the leading runner in 37th place followed to the line by Daniel Schmetterling, David Kratzer, Andrew Gutierrez, Joseph Adorno, Philip Brown, and Matthew Werner.
The Granby Memorial High School girls team finished ninth in Class SS led by Katie Pinson’s fifth place finish. She was followed by Alexa Cipkas, Emma Sheahan, Lauren Sannizzaro, Kathryn Wheeler, and Abby Sannizzaro.
The Granby Memorial boys finished 11 in Class M, with Jeremy Ray placing 54th. Other runners for the Bears were Daniel Jacobs, Blake Wickham, Raymond Mooney, Noah Weymouth, William Rice, and Zachary Ziemnicki.
The East Granby High School boys were 14th in Class S led by Jason Bourgault’s 38th place finish. He was followed by Nate Marin, Sai Chintalpelly, Bryan Chester, Troy Marin, Zackary Winalski, and Johathan Kelly.
The East Granby girls placed 18th in Class S led by Sydney Geer in 57th followed by Casey Tobin, Francesca Brose, Alexandria Geer, Melanie Sobota, Jolie Berger, and Kendall Comstock.