PHS x-country competes at Class Ms

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By BRIAN JENNINGS

STAFF WRITER

Plainville’s cross country programs competed against some of the top teams in the state on Saturday, Oct. 29 when they returned to Wickham Park in Manchester to run in the Class M championship. After trudging through 80-degree temperatures at the CCC Championship the week prior, Plainville experienced temperatures in the low 60s this time around, and it showed in the results.

The boys team placed 10th overall out of 22 teams. Tolland won the boys Class M title, followed by East Catholic and Ellington. Cole McNamara (17:44) paced the Blue Devils by finishing 22nd overall out of 153 runners. Connor McNamara (17:58), Robert Goldsnider (18:28), Bryan Buckley (19:34), Luke San Juan (19:54), Jared Demmons (20:17), and Brandon Zheng (20:37) contributed as well. Josh Bedard (16:34) of Tolland won the race.

The girls team placed 14th overall out of 21 teams. Tolland won the girls Class M title, followed by Ellington and Weston. 13, Julia Restelli (21:08) marshaled the Lady Devils by finishing 13th out of 145 runners. Amy Muller (23:49), Somer Abdelsame (24:12), Kaycee Newberry (26:28), Teagen Russell (26:36), Helena Rose Yawin (26:43), and Olivia Cretella (29:19) contributed as well. Katherine Deloreto (18:49) of Tolland won the race.

“Our kids stepped it up,” said Plainville coach Shaun Berard. “The weather probably made times about 20 seconds faster, and we finished with amazing times for all of our runners. I was very pleased that Julia was 13th and both McNamara’s were under 18 minutes. The kids are learning how far they can push their limit, and I can’t wait for next season.”

Plainville did not advance any runners to the state open and has completed its season.

 

 

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