WINDHAM - The Bristol Central boys cross country team placed fourth in the Varsity 1 race, while the girls squad was 11th in their race at the season-opening Bob Haddad Windham Invitational on Saturday.
“We had a great showing today for our first meet of the season,” Rams coach Tamara Stafford-Kirk said.
“The boys team put up some very strong times and finished fourth, which was very exciting.
“We have some work to do on the girls side, but we will get there. We only have two experienced varsity runners returning, but with some strong young talent and a team full of girls committed to our goals we will get better and better each race.”
Competing in the boys race for Bristol Central were: Mark Petrosky (15th, 17:00), Matt Roy (22nd, 17:26), Devin Flores (35th, 17:48), Ben Stafford (42nd, 18:02), Pacifico Flores (47th, 18:07), Eric Knox (63rd, 18:34), Leo Kavanaugh (76th, 18:48), Ian Kreciglowa (84th, 18:50) and Jose Ramirez (142nd, 20:10).
Running in the girls race for the Rams were: Alex Sirko (22nd, 22:03), Paige Hinton (40th, 22:54), Marisa Heller (52nd, 23:41), Bella Crandall (65th, 24:53), Kristi Yurko (76th, 25:29), Kiara Suazo (80th, 25:42) and Katie Funk (106th, 29:41).
Bristol Eastern 2, Plainville 0: The Lancers scored a pair of late second half goals to win their season opener on Friday evening.
Myah Croze netted the opening tally of the season in the 71st minute, assisted by Jenna Soucy and Sara Tyminski. Croze scored on a cross from Tyminski that went to Soucy, who redirected through to Croze, who took two shots that were denied by Blue Devils goalkeeper Maddie Rund, with her third attempt finding the net.
Kate Kozikowski added the insurance tally in the 73rd minute, assisted by Croze.
The Lancers outshot Plainville 13-6 in the game, with Rund making seven saves and the Lancers’ Karly Martin stopping two shots for the shutout.
“A fairly even match throughout,” Bristol Eastern coach Scott Redman said. “Sloppy play by both teams led to opportunities for both throughout the contest. BE had more shots, but many were futile attempts from distance.”