Connecticut Runners Heading To New England Championships

Connecticut Runners Heading To New England Championships

Photo by Melanie Stengel/ Register

With the results from this past weekend’s 2012 CIAC Cross Country Boys and Girls Opens, 117 Connecticut runners have qualified to take on the best runners in New England at the 2012 New England Championships this Saturday in Cumberland, Maine. The meet will take place at the Twin Brook Recreation Area with the boys race starting the day at 11:30 a.m. and the girls race following at 12:30 p.m.

The top 25 boys and girls individual finishers from last weekend’s State Open qualify for the New England meet, and each runner from the teams that finished in the top six also earn the right to compete. The top runners and teams will be striving to capture All-New England status which goes to runners the individual runners that place in the top 25, and the top three in the team standings. The meet features qualifiers from Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island. In 2011 eight boys earned All-New England honors as individuals, including the race runner-up, and the top boys team placed second in the team standings. Seven girls finished in the top-25 to claim All-New England recognition and the best team performance was a seventh-place finish.

Here is the complete list of Connecticut qualifiers for the New England Championships (note: teams that finished in the top 6 are permitted to submit nine athletes as potential competitors, with seven competing. Listed below are only the seven runners that competed for the qualifying teams at the State Open):

Boys qualifiers:
Henry Wynne, Staples
Jake Feinstein, Newtown
Logan Fulton, Joel Barlow
Christian Alvarado, Fairfield Prep
Dhahran Velavaquez, Capital Prep
Kevin Sullivan, Lewis Mills
Zach Anderson, New Fairfield
John Ducham, Kennedy
Trevor Hopper, Ridgefield
Joseph Crafa, Rocky Hill
Jonah Riolo, Nonnewaug
Neal Hulstein, Ellington
Quinton Hoey, Watertown
Mitchell Russo, Newtown
John Hansell, New Milford
Shae Belenski, Amity
Colin Sauter, Tolland
Zachary Williams, Xavier
Ryan Clarke, New Milford
Matthew Chisolm, Farmington
Spencer Johnson, Bristol Central
Logan Ross, Shepaug Valley
Mickey Kozak, Danbury
Jacob Mayerson, Brookfield
Mitchell Brown, Xavier
Jay Humphreys, New Milford
Zachary Guptil, New Milford
Hugh Sichel, New Milford
Gregory Hansell, New Milford
Adam Dengler, New Milford
Peter Strom, Xavier
Matt Pias, Xavier
Sabastian Herrera, Xavier
Dan Hergott, Xavier
John O’Hara, Xavier
Paul Mangiafico, Newtown
Chris Gamble, Newtown
Robert Russo, Newtown
Joey Whelan, Newtown
Tom Floros, Newtown
Anthony Barletta, Amity
Brian Dunleavy, Amity
Connor Dunleavy, Amity
Aaron Barkin, Amiy
Michael Yuan, Amity
Brian Mosher, Amity
Patrick Nolan, Staples
Oliver Hickson, Staples
Peter Elkind, Staples
Marcus Russi, Staples
Samuel Cohen, Staples
Brad Payne, Staples
Jack Genovese, Simsbury
Kyle Heubner, Simsbury
Nathaniel Lungarini, Simsbury
Philip Brown, Simsbury
David Schmetterling, Simsbury
Daniel Schmetterling, Simsbury
Andrew Gutierrez, Simsbury

Girls qualifiers:
Brianna Lenehan, Norwich Free Academy
Chrissy Bendzinski, RHAM
Laura Hergenrother, Ridgefield
Rachael Rosow, Avon
Cameron Chaplen, Thomaston
Anne Johnston, Darien
Sarah Guillaume, Ridgefield
Sabrina Olsen, Thomsaton
Claire Howlett, Westhill
Gabrielle Richichi, New Fairfield
Kaleigh Roberts, Mercy
Becky Perugini, Thomaston
Sara Stokesbury, Avon
Courtney Akerley, Tolland
Carly Schuyler, Immaculate
Hannah Debalsi, Staples
Stephanie Deccy, Lewis Mills
Samantha Nyser, Bolton
Kerri Ruffo, Plainfield
Shea Williams, Conard
Brittany Mendelson, Pomperaug
Caroline Carr, Ridgefield
Grace Gothers, East Catholic
Grace Loh, Darien
MacKenzie Pias, Mercy
Melissa Budicini, Ridgefield
Jeanne Jacullo, Ridgefield
Hannah Fleming, Ridgefield
Molly Weeks, Ridgefield
Molly Hamel, Avon
Ryley Higgins, Avon
Madi McHugh, Avon
Kate McIntrye, Avon
Hannah Fusaro, Avon
Allison McArdle, Glastonbury
Kaitlyn Hebert, Glastonbury
Kristen Arborio, Glastonbury
Kathryn Hastings, Glastonbury
Mari Larcheveque, Glastonbury
Sarah Tobias, Glastonbury
Sarah Colon, Darien
Ellen Bauer, Darien
Katie Farren, Darien
Claire Walker, Darien
Alex Fiesel, Wilton
Alosha Southern, Wilton
Maddie Murphy, Wilton
Mary Lynch, Wilton
Sarah Healy, Wilton
Keiley Gaston, Wilton
Cailey Troller, Wilton
Kimberly Grove, Cheshire
Kathleen Kalbian, Cheshire
Hannah Purtell, Cheshire
Natalie Wickenheisser, Cheshire
Erin Strahley, Cheshire
Julie Trifone, Cheshire
Kendra Brown, Cheshire

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