Cross country teams rank high at CCC Conference

By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Fri., Oct. 19, 2012
Ethan Gasta makes it to the finish line to take second place in the CCC Conference race. Photos by Christian Mysliwiec.
Ethan Gasta makes it to the finish line to take second place in the CCC Conference race. Photos by Christian Mysliwiec.

The South Windsor High School cross-country team celebrated strong success in both the boys' and girls' varsity races at the CCC Conference Championship, held at Wickham Park in Manchester on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

South Windsor competes in CCC North, and the South Windsor boys' varsity team came in first place, with the five fastest placing runners totaling the lowest final score. South Windsor had a score of 36, beating regional powerhouse Glastonbury High School, which scored 54. Ethan Gasta crossed the finish line second overall, with a time of 17:02.46. Next came Michael Stoker at fifth place, Connor Grophe at eighth, Cooper Goslin at ninth, and Ryan Karzar at 12th. Michael Wicks placed 17th and Kenneth Erikson placed 27th. The team placed fourth in the overall CCC Division.

“Everybody on the team ran their best,” said assistant coach John Salcius. They now head to the Double LLs. “We have a good chance of making the State Open,” he said.

The varsity girls came in second in CCC North, with a score of 83. While far surpassed by Glastonbury, which scored 21, they beat their season rival Manchester High School, which scored 88. Kaitlin Bakas lead the South Windsor girls in the varsity race, coming in ninth with a time of 21:26.55. Next came Melissa Jakaj at 14th, Megan McAndrew at 17th,  Katheryn Kruzick at 18th, and Alexandra Goslin at 25th. Rebecca Hockenberry and Kaitlyn LaBonte followed at 35th and 36th. The team placed 11th in the overall CCC Division.

“I was figuring we were going to be in the middle of the pack, 15th or so. That was a surprise. A very pleasant surprise. We challenged the girls and they really didn't like that they lost to Manchester earlier [in the season] and they really went after it,” said head coach Clint Bowman. “They had something left at the end of their [first Manchester race]. I don't think many of them had much left at the end of this one. They gave it all that they had.”

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