BRISTOL - The Bristol Central boys cross country team came into the CCC cross country championships on Tuesday with high expectations as an unbeaten team.
The Rams ran into a strong Middletown team, though, in what was a close finish on the boys side between Bristol Central and the Blue Dragons in the CCC South, yet the squad still won the South Patriot division, finishing with a 13-1 overall record, 11-1 in the CCC South and 4-0 in the South Patriot.
“The boys ran well in general,” Bristol Central coach Tamara Stafford said. “Overall it was a good day for us and a tough loss to a good Middletown team.”
Overall in the CCC, Bristol Central finished 10th on the boys side and in second place in the CCC South with 42 points, just behind Middletown (37). The Blue Dragons finished sixth in the CCC overall.
The Rams got impressive performances out of Mark Petrosky, who finished in second place in the South, while Devin Flores was a pleasant surprise, finishing in third place in the South.
“Devin had his best race yet today,” Stafford said. “It was a really good race for him”
On the girls side for Bristol Central, Alex Sirko and Paige Hinton finished in the top 10 in the South, Sirko seventh and Hinton ninth.
“Alex [Sirko] and Paige [Hinton] led us again,” Stafford said. “They both ran great races. I’m looking to see more great races from them next week in the Class L’s.”
Freshman Isabella Crandall placed 11th for the Rams in the South.
“Isabella [Crandall] continued to be very good for us as a freshman and she’ll just continue to get better,” Stafford said.”
Petrosky and Flores made the All-Conference team by finishing in the top seven in the South.
Overall, Bristol Central was hoping for more out of the boys side, but will look to get that back next week at the Class L state championships.
The Rams girls finished 9-5 overall.
The Bristol Central girls hope to continue building a strong team and have five of the six runners that ran in the varsity race returning next year.
The Bristol Eastern boys finished in fifth place while the girls placed fourth in the South.
Bristol Eastern had four runners in spots 25-30 on the boys side in the South. Ben Wadowski, Sean Sullivan, Mason Poirier and Gabriel Bartolome finished in those spots.
“I thought my boys ran pretty good,” Lancers coach Kyle Fuller said. “We are in a tough division with Middletown and BC. I thought my top seven ran really well.”
Avery Braccia led the way for the girls, finishing in fourth place in the South. Kelsie St. Germain finished 14th and Maggie Santacoce placed 18th.
“My top five all had really good days today,” Fuller said. “They ran really well. Maggie [Santacoce] is the only girl really with varsity experience at Wickham and I think it was a little bit overwhelming with how important the race was, but I thought we did good.”
The Lancer boys finish 7-8 on the season, while the girls were 5-9.
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