MANCHESTER - The Bristol Central boys cross country team won the CCC South championship on Wednesday, while the Rams’ girls squad became CCC South Patriot co-champion with Lewis Mills after the CCC championship meet at Wickham Park.
The boys squad placed fifth overall in the CCC and finiahed with a 14-0 record in the CCC South, including a 6-0 mark in the Patriot division.
Top finishers for the Rams were Nate DeAngelo (1st in South, 16:30), Mark Petrosky (2nd, 16:33), Frankie Porrini (7th, 17:41), Jose Ramirez (9th, 17:50), Austin Freve (11th, 18:12), Ben Stafford (14th, 18:32), Leo Kavanaugh (15th, 18:42) and Chris Roy (23rd, 19:10).
“BCXC boys ran well today considering we just ran a challenging race at Wickham Saturday,” coach Tamara Stafford-Kirk reported. “Nate DeAngelo, Mark Petrosky, Frankie Porrini and Jose Ramirez made the all-conference team. Now we can focus on the Class L championship next week. The boys are confident and ready to fine tune for the race.”
The Bristol Central girls finished with a 8-6 record in the CCC South and a 4-2 mark in the Patriot division.
Top finishers for the Rams were Natalia Popielarz (4th, 21:08), Marisa Heller (22nd, 24:28), Mia Clement (23rd, 24:45), Katie Funk (26th, 25:01) and Bella Crandall (27th, 25:18).
“I am so proud of my girls team,” Stafford-Kirk reported. “They stepped it up to avenge a tough loss to BE in the city championship and beat them today. We also beat Maloney, a team we lost to in the regular season. These ladies never stopped believing that they could turn the season around and they did just that. To tie for the South Patriot division means a lot to them. Natalia Popielarz continues to run strong for us and made the all-conference team.”
Bristol Eastern 2, Windsor 0: Maura Cyr (4 saves) kept a clean sheet behind a stout defense of Kate Kozikowski, Audra Porowski, Avery Arbuckle, Mollie Lewis and Cecelia Gilbert as the Lancers won at home.
Bristol Eastern (4-4-2) struck just 1:24 into the game as Kate Kozikowski played a ball to Emily Nelson, who played a beautiful cross to Breanna Venturo-Nelson, who then had a nice finish for her first career goal.
In the 63rd minute, Ciara Collins corralled a ball from Cecelia Gilbert and played it through to Leah Policarpio, who did the rest on a breakaway, tucking the ball inside the near post.
Rachel Cleveland played sensationally in goal for Windsor (1-7-1), making 11 saves and keeping her team in the game.