To no one's suprise, Staples' phenom Hannah DeBalsi leads the list of top returning Class L girls. DeBalsi, a runner-up at Foot Locker National, won the New England meet with a personal best of 17:15.80. That time is more than a minute ahead of her closest league rival, teammate Erika Hefnawy at 18:30.20. Complete list available to subscribers of MileSplit Insider, just $4 per month with a yearly subscription.
Here's is MileSplit CT's Top 50 Class L returners for boys based on last year's results. This list includes four runners under the 16-minute mark, including the state's No. 1 runner, Alex Ostberg of Darien High. Complete list available to subscribers of MileSplit Insider, just $4 per month with a yearly subscription.
More than 1,700 runners made the trip to Wllimantic, Conn., for the 36th annual Windham Invitational. Thanks to Robert Haddad for these photos of our top finiishers at the popular meet, held at Windam High
Lady Eagles capture Varsity 1 race. Glastonbury wins boys' Varsity 1 race
Amity and Brunswich School win boys' races. It's Amity and Danbury for girls.
High school cross-country enthusiasts from Connecticut will get the two-for-one deal this weekend with a pair of invitational meets on Saturday - the Windham Invitationals and the Wilton Invitational.
Tigers look primed to repeat the magic. Darien star appears untocuhable for individual honors
Here's the first of several polls for girls this cross-country season with votes compiled by 14 coaches statewiide.Tolland High, the 2013 state titlists, sits atop the rankings with the maximum 140 points based on a perfect 14-for-14 in first-place votes. Glastonbury comes in at No.2 with 120 points and Staples is at No. 3 with 107 points.
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Here's the first of several boys' team polls this cross-country season with votes compiled by 14 coaches statewide. To no one's surprise, defending state champion Ridgefield High owns the top spot by receiving 130 votes, including 13 first-place votes. Occupying second is Staples with 112 points and Danbury with 91.
Competitive part of season begins next week for Connecticut cross-country squads. Taking a quick glance its looks like the Tolland High girls will be tough to beat.
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Far more often than ever before, a freshman enters his or first XC season with certain expectations from coaches and teammates. Could this be the one who fills in our gap from 4th to 5th. Could it be that diamond in the rough my opponents always seem to get? Could this group give us the depth we so badly need? Could this whole class bring us a state title three years down the line? But anyone who has ever been a freshman knows that those expectations, however possible, are foolish to lavish upon a group of kids who are so busy worrying about the Pretty Little Liars finale and finding a TBT pic for Insty, that they either don't notice them or don't care... or much worse, crumble underneath them. This is for them... those kids joining their respective teams for the first time this week. Nervous, bewildered, excited, or apathetic, here's everything you need to know about cross country.
Just as we were starting to get excited to see what Alexa Efraimson could possibly do to top her historic first three years of high school, Efraimson decided on Monday that she will be taking a much different path in her development onto the next level. Prior to the start of her senior year of high school, the 4:07 1500 meter runner Efraimson turned pro by signing a contract this week with Nike. Since her high school career and amateur athletic status is officially over, MileSplit is counting down Efraimson's dozen greatest high school running moments in chronological order over the last 3 years. (via MileSplit)
This year's CIAC Open Championship could be a mirror image of 2013 where Tolland High copped the team crown and was followed by runner-up Glastonbury and then Staples. According to MileSplit's data base, which collects all the results of each athlete's performance throughout the year and feeds it into our system, Tolland is the favorite to win it all again with a 56-87 victory over Glastonbury. Staples, led by last year's individual champion and Foot Locker National runner-up Hannah DiBalsi, is predicted to place third. Complete list available to subscribers of MileSplit Insider, just $4 a month with a yearly subscription. 1 Tolland High School (CT) 56 1) Courtney Akerly 18:30.60 4 2) Caitlin Swanson 18:33.30 5 3) Katherine Deloreto 19:05.60 11 4) Hayley Collins 19:35.60 17 5) Molly Kozlowski 19:39.40 19 Average Time: 19:04.90 Total Time: 1:35:24.50 1-5 Split: 1:08.80 6) Gabby Heilman 22:51.36 276 7) Gabrielle Hurlbut 24:11.44 414
The Staples runner is different than most, but there’s one thing that makes her different from everyone: She heads into the upcoming cross country season as the Connecticut Gatorade Runner of the Year. In late June, she became the first girl in Connecticut track history to break 10 minutes in the two-mile run. This summer she spent a week in Oregon at the Nike Elite Running Camp for the top 20 high school distance runners in the country.Story by MARY ALBI
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