Glastonbury girls take second in cross-country State Open
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Mon., Nov. 4, 2013
The Glastonbury High School girls' cross-country team has plenty to celebrate as it wraps up its season. The Tomahawks took home the Class L title, and came in second in the CCC meet before finishing second in the State Open meet on Nov. 1. (Tolland won the CCC and State Open meets, as well as the Class M race.)
"We wanted to finish in the top two, and we did," said coach Brian Collins after the State Open. "Naturally, you want to be the top team, but we knew Tolland had an exceptional group of athletes. They've been phenomenal all year."
Collins said his team was successful, due to the simple formula of hard work and determination. "They were locked in, and they know the tradition we've been fortunate to have at Glastonbury High School," he said. "They know it and want to continue that. They've put so much work in. They are a talented group of young ladies, and goal-oriented - dedicated day in and day out."
Sophomore Allison McArdle finished the Open with a time of 19:43, followed by freshman Gaelyn Kattman with 20:01. Kaitlyn Hebert, Kristen Arborio, Kathryn Hastings, Kaylee Stebbins, and Sara Wilcox rounded out the team, which scored 136.
"We've had good leadership, and the younger kids have stepped it up and become a part of that," Collins said.
With Arborio and Cami Santor as the only seniors, the team will be strong again next year.
The Glastonbury boys' team placed 15th in the State Open, and sophomore Randy Neish finished 13th with a time of 16:31.
Glastonbury will compete in the New England Regional race on Nov. 9 in Manchester, N.H. Only the top six teams in Connecticut will do so, and Glastonbury will go for the ninth time in 10 years.
For a complete list of times, visit www.nestiming.com.