MANCHESTER - The Bristol Central boys cross country team won the seeded race at Saturdayâ€™s Wickham Park Invitational, edging Northwestern by just two points in a tightly-contested event.
Northwesternâ€™s top finisher placed ahead of Centralâ€™s top runner and its second-best runner was ahead of the Ramsâ€™ No. 2, but Bristol Central picked up 15 points on the back end of its five scoring finishes to edge Northwestern 169-171. The third place team from North Kingstown, R.I., was well behind with 192 points.
The top five for the Rams were Mark Petrosky (13th place, 17:20), Matt Roy (27th, 17:55), Devin Flores (32nd, 17:57), Pacifico Flores (42nd, 18:12) and Ben Stafford (55th, 18:26). Also racing for Bristol Central were Ian Kreciglowa (70th, 18:43) and Eric Knox (128th, 19:35).
â€śWhat a great day,â€ť Rams coach Tamara Stafford-Kirk said. â€śWe ran a hard workout Thursday and raced at Rockwell Tuesday, so I knew the kids would be racing tired. To have as many [personal records] as we did was awesome and the icing on the cake was the varsity boysâ€™ victory in the seeded race and freshman Nate DeAngeloâ€™s win in the JV race.â€ť
The Bristol Central girls placed 26th in the event.
Racing for the Rams were Alex Sirko (77th, 23:05), Bella Crandall (109th, 23:55), Paige Hinton (117th, 24:10), Marisa Heller (125th, 24:52), Kristi Yurko (141st, 25:20) and Kiara Suazo (145th, 25:30).