The Weeks That Were / The Week To Be --- CT Hub 2

In the two weeks since the last wrap-up, a lot has been happening for CT teams and runners. A big amount of the running has been done at the dozens of dual meets, and by all means check out the results from those contests in addition to the info below which looks at just the invitationals.

On the guys' side most notably, Conard's Gavin Sherry smashed the Ocean State (RI) meet record on Saturday by more than thirty seconds as he skittered under the 15:00 mark at 14:58.57 for a US #2 speed rating of 196.48 while his twin brother Callum Sherry continued his meteoric ascendancy up the charts with a 3rd place that also was under the old course record and earned him a spiffy 191.12 SR. Conard finished 6th in the Championship race and had a 159 team SR.

On the girls' side, New Milford's Claire Daniels (127 SR) and Sydney Kelleher (125 SR) ran by far the fastest times in the races at the Bowdoin Classic (NY) and led the Green Wave to a strong 2nd place finish among regional powers and a fantastic 102.6 SR. Also on Saturday, Hall's Katherine Sanderson posted a nice 115 SR to win the D2 race at Ocean State and lead the Warriors to 1st place there.

There were a plethora of other big performances at Ocean State last weekend including Luke Anthony's 4th behind Callum Sherry in the Championship race that also put him over the 190 SR level and helped East Lyme place 9th in a strong field with a 149 SR. In the CT-packed D1 race, Sean Kennedy-Wonneburger finished 2nd with a 176 SR to lead Hale-Ray to 4th with a 141 SR, Caleb Freeman placed 10th with a 159 SR to help Haddam-Killingworth place 5th with a team 137 SR, and Luke Stoeffler was 4th with a 167 SR as Tolland was 9th. In the D2 race, Guilford was 2nd with a 146 SR led by Justin Shiffrin in 12th at 151 SR, and Danbury was 4th with a 143 SR led by Devon Rosemark in 11th at 152 SR.

Back over on the girls side at Ocean State, Tolland was 3rd in D1 race with a 61 SR led by Peyton Bornstein (110) in 3rd and Calista Mayer (94) in 5th, while Haddam-Killingworth was 5th with a fine 52 SR. In the D2 race, Darien's Julianne Teitler led her team with a 3rd and a 107 SR.

For last Saturday:

  • The Xavier guys matched Conard's 159 SR while running in the Bowdoin Race 2 as they finished 2nd to NJ powerhouse CBA-Lincroft (2011 NXN champ) and were led by Eamon Burke in 4th with a 180 SR on the tough course. The Staples boys had nice showing at Bowdoin as well as they placed 4th in a strong field with a 155 SR led by Zachary Taubman in 6th with a 171 SR.

  • There was also exciting action at a non-speed rated Winding Trails meet in Farmington CT. In the Boys-Large race, the order for the top three teams was 1. Avon 40, 2. Glastonbury 79, 3. Cheshire 82, and there was a fairly close finish for the top two guys as Avon's Carver Morgan clocked 15:54.762 and Fairfield Ludlowe's Nate Cramer got 15:54.982. In Boys-Small race, it was 1. Griswold 64, 2. Lewis Mills 68, 3. Suffield 85, and Lewis Mills' Justin Cascio captured the win in 16:10.

  • On the girls' side at Winding Trails, the Girls-Large to 3 teams were 1. Cheshire 48, 2. Danbury 61, 3. Fairfield Ludlowe 86, and Danbury's Stephanie Quieroz won in 19:07 while Alexa Ciccone was 2nd in 19:33 for the winning Rams. In the Girls-Small race, it was 1. Somers 40, 2. Suffield 88, 3. Ellington 96, and Rachel St. Germain of Somers dominated again with a time of 18:25.

Two Saturdays ago, at the Connecticut River Valley invite in Cromwell, Daniel Hand was the winning team for the guys and Hale-Ray's Sean Kennedy-Wonneburger placed 1st. EO Smith won for the girls, and Sacred Heart's Kristina Ponzio was 1st. At the Wilton invite, Staples was the boys winner and Newington's Michael Bohlke placed 1st. Glastonbury and frontrunner Brooke Strauss dominated on the girls' side. In two races in NY, Andrew Taborsak (175) and Collin Walsh (173) went 1-2 at the Dan Purdy-Pawling meet to lead New Milford to the win with a nice 157 SR, while out at the Suffern invite, Caleb Freeman finished 3rd in Race C to lead Haddam-Killingworth to the win at a 139 SR, while the HK girls finished 3rd in their race.

And of course last Friday was the inaugural cookie infused Sloper invite, and we finally were able to find some results. For the girls, the top three teams were Trumbull, Portland (impressively, Class S, led by 9th place Shawn Laverty), and Southington, which was led by Jacqueline Izzo's 1st place ahead of Wilbur Cross's Anna Omelchenko in 2nd and Trumbull's Kali Holden. For the boys, Wilbur Cross was 1st and frontrunner Nikita Omelchenko also led the way. The Sacred Heart girls won the all-important costume contest and went home with the biggest dish of cookies.

In non-CIAC school oriented action last Saturday at the Canterbury Invitational for mainly NEPSTA association schools the resuts were as follows.Boys D1: Hotchkiss 53, Loomis Chafefee 70, Hopkins 71, and the champs were led by Huck Whittemore in 2nd. Boys D2: Dexter-Southfield 49, Canterbury 88, Greens Farms 92, and the top CT guy was William Bennett of the King School in 2nd. Girls D1: Loomis Chaffee 32, Sacred Heart 81, Winsor 99, and the top CT girl was Maddy Lee of Greenwich Academy in 2nd. Girls D2: Kingswood-Oxford 73, Canterbury 84, Dexter-Southfield 88, and the top CT runner was freshman Chloe Carroll of Canterbury in 2nd.

Recent Invites from MileSplit Results


Wilton Invitational


Suffern Invite

Bear Mountain, NY

Dan Purdy Invitational


Ocean State Invitational

East Greenwich, RI

Bowdoin Classic

Wappingers Falls, NY

Winding Trails XC Invite


Canterbury Invitational

New Milford

What's On The Horizon

The duals will continue for a few more weeks, but we are already entering the October glut of division, league, and class meets along with the time for the Wickham Park Invite on October 9. Among the bigger meets this weekend are:


Nonnewaug XC Invitational


Harry Geraghty XC Invite

South Windsor

SCC Division Championships


32nd Annual Neubauer Invitational 2021