Boys defending champion: LYMAN MEMORIAL
Girls defending champion: Derby
Girls Class S race goes off at 2:05, boys at 2:40 pm
Boys Class S
Class S is often the hardest class to predict. Many of the smaller schools don't have a lot of depth, so usually anyone who can get a fifth runner to the low 18s can content for the win. And often, a runner can get serious in the last few weeks of the season and go from low 19s to low 18s in a couple of weeks which could move a team up in the standings.
On paper, ECC runner up Lyman Memorial has the race locked up. They have three runners could get All State and their fourth, fifth and sixth have been running mid to high 18s. No one else has the fire power up front with guys under 19 minutes. As for 2nd place, it will most likely come down to who has a couple of runners who POP off a great race and is able to get two runners under 18 and three others under 19.
Individually, the most accomplished runner in the race is Derby's Ken Little. He finished 5th in the championships race at the Wickham Invite, won the NVL AND he has 1:56 800m speed. His teammate Steven Stanley did take 3rd at the NVLs and will probably be helped along by Little. After than
Immaculate has grown into a legitimate state power and has an excellent change to finish in the top six at the State Open to qualify for New Englands for the second year in a row. They are led by Angela Saidman who is a potential top five finishers at the Open and have six solid runners behind her. The Mustangs finished 2nd to #2 ranked Pomperaug at SWCs and have won the Statton Brook and Nonnewaug Invitationals already this season
NVL champion Derby has also had its share of success the fast few seasons. They are defending Class S champions and have two runner up positions before that. They are shooting for qualifying for the Open for the 4th consecutive year. Shepaug has a chance at taking that qualifying spot as well, but with just over 100 girls enrolled in its school, depth will be an issue. They have the runners up front, but will need a big improvement from someone to drop their score low enough to take down the Red Raiders.
Saidman, who won Class SS last year is favored to repeat. She has run incredible performances this season and even though she was able to defend her SWC title this year, she ran the 3rd fastest time on the course in the process. She is fit and ready to go.
Battling for runner up will be Saidman's teammate, Taylor Mascetta, BL champion Emma Krebs of Shepaug and Emily Sienna of Hale Ray. Sienna, was 6th in the Open last year, but was injured last spring and is still rounding into shape.