Rocky Hill cross country hosted a tri-meet, welcoming both Wethersfield and Bloomfield at Elm Ridge Park on Oct. 4. The Terriers won the boys race as a team and the Eagles finished in the top spot in the girls race.
On the boys’ side, Rocky Hill’s Brayden Bayek broke a course record, crossing the finish line with a time of 16:28 to win. Wethersfield’s Ryan Gagne (17:29) finished as the runner-up.
The rival schools took the top dozen spot—until Bloomfield had a runner cross— and traded barbs throughout the top ten with the Terriers coming away with a narrow victory (27-28). Both teams beat Berlin by the same score (15-49).
Wethersfield’s Gabriel Frazzini (17:37) took third, followed by Rocky Hill’s Daniel DiTunno (17:43) and Joseph Caruk (18:20), of Wethersfield, to round out the top five. Rocky Hill’s Corey Christensen (18:21) and Ayden Collura (18:34) took the next two spots before Wethersfield’s Dennis Gega (18:37) crossed in 8th place. Rocky Hill freshman Brian Smith (18:49) then placed 9th to hold off Wethersfield’s Colin Shanley (19:02), securing a team victory for the Terriers.
On the girls’ side, junior Olivia Moretti (22:31) of Wethersfield (22:31) edged Bilal Zara (22:41) of Rocky Hill to capture first place overall.
Wethersfield’s Julia Webster (23:26) and Eliza Polmatier (23:30) placed 3rd and 4th before Berlin’s Kiylah Williams finished 5th. Rocky Hill’s Marilena Vieira (24:03) placed 6th and Wethersfield’s Stella Shurdho (24:51) placed 8th. Candice Edmunds (25:02) and Zoe Fagan (25:04), both of Rocky Hill, rounded out the top ten.
Overall, the Eagles beat the Terriers (23-33) and the Redcoats (21-34) in the girls’ race, while Rocky Hill took down Berlin (25-30).
Next up is the Central Connecticut Conference Championships on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The meet was originally slated to be held at Wickham Park in Manchester, but is scheduled to be moved to Willow Brook Park in New Britain. Check ciacsports.com for official times and locations.
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