Two years ago, Emily Sienna of Nathan Hale-Ray High School burst on the scene with a 6th place finish at the State Open. Last year, she was recovering from an injury and didn't quite live up to her expectations. But at The Blue Devil Invite on Friday, the senior faced the New England 3200m champion Elizabeth Stockman of Rocky Hill and ran her fastest time in two years to prove she has returned to the top echelons in the state.
Stockman's big improvement last came winter where she developed into a national qualifier with a 10:31 two mile. She ran 18:09 on the 2.87 mile course on Friday to defeat Sienna by 21 seconds. But both runners will meet up again later in the season where the stakes will be higher.
With the exciting battle up front, Hamden High used its superior depth to take the team win and slipped by runner up Rocky Hill with a score of 59-92. The Green Dragons were led by Ella Bradford who finished 5th and her teammates all finished in the top 21.
On Saturday at The Haddad Windham Invitational three of the top girls returners from last year battled it out in the Girls Varsity 1 race. Jenna Zydanowicz of Hall was undefeated in Connecticut last year until the State Open where she went out to hard and was forced to drop out. With a year of experience, showed the experience of a veteran and defeated All New England Kylie Raymond of Somers, running 18:25 to 18:33. In what could be preview of the State Open, last year's 4th place finisher Kate Hedlund of Manchester took 3rd on Saturday in 19:25.