The Winding Trails Invitation is one of the true cross country meets of the season as the three mile course winds its way throughout the wonderful paths of the Winding Trails facility in Farmington.
New Canaan is the defending champion and should repeat because Newtown and Pomperaug had their dual meet this week postponed until Friday and won't compete on Saturday. Cheshire has some power upfront, but will need to move up their 4th and 5th runners to contend.
Large School Girls Meet
With two All State girls in the race, it is sure to be fast. Lauren Daddi of Cheshire and Lu Hage of Newtown finished 17th and 21st at the State Open last year and will challenge each other for the win. But don't count out Avon's duo of Haley Gens and Sara Leavens who went 1-2 at last week's Connecticut River Valley Invitation.
On the team side, with Pomperaug sitting out the meet, that puts Avon in the driver's seat. Avon put five in the top 10 at Connecticut River Valley last week and was 2nd at the Windham Invite on opening weekend. Cheshire should have a strong team if Lauren Daddi is at full strength. But Newtown, who will compete, gave 5th ranked Immaculate a real scare in their dual meet could surprise some people.
Small School Boys Meet
Suffield's Kyle Englander had one of the top times of the day at the Windham Invitation, running 16;44. But don't discount his teammate Samatar Wehelie who was 9th in the class meet last year Also, don't overlook Connor Spencer who broke 17 minutes last year at Winding Trails and should be up front as well.
The defending champions Suffield, look to repeat. They have the front runners and the depth to back them up. Northwest Regional can keep it close, but will need to have their fifth runner move up a bit and Ellington has a shot at top three.
Small School Girls Meet
Small School- JV Boys - 9:00am
- Top Finisher of each race will get a shirt.
- Top 20 Finishers will also get a shirt.
- Top 3 Varsity Teams will receive a Trophy.
- NOTE: A spectator fee charge of $5.00 per car will be charged on meet day.