H.S. cross country: Stonington boys beat Ledyard 28-29 in ECC Medium showdown

Stonington's Will Robinson, left, and Teddy Peglow run together during Tuesday's Eastern Connecticut Conference Medium Division boys' cross country showdown against Ledyard. Robinson and Peglow finished third and fourth, respectively, and helped the Bears edge the Colonels 28-29 to finish the regular season unbeaten in the division.

Ledyard - Stonington High School completed a perfect regular-season run through the Eastern Connecticut Conference Medium Division by handing Ledyard its first loss, 27-28, in a boys' cross country meet on Tuesday.

The Bears, who also beat Fitch 22-34, finished the regular season 8-3, 5-0. Ledyard, which also beat Fitch 17-42, fell to 7-1, 4-1. The ECC Championship meet on Oct. 18 at Norwich Golf Course also figures into deciding the divisional winners.

Ledyard's Bryce Hedman (17:42) and Tyler Torelli (17:43) finished 1-2 on their home course, but Stoningotn took the next three spots with Will Robinson finishing third (18:11), Teddy Peglow fourth (18:13) and Kieran Thornell fifth (18:21).

Fitch is 4-6.

In other boys' meets:

• St. Bernard nipped Montville 25-31 in a matchup of ECC Small Division unbeatens at Tourtellotte. The Saints (10-1, 5-0) also beat Tourtellotte 16-45 and the Indians (6-3, 4-1) beat the Tigers 18-37. St. Bernard's Connor Gralton was the individual winner in 16:32. Montville's Jesse Joseph (16:35) and Dan Linkinhoffer (17:11) finished second and third, respectively, followed by Ryan Londregan (17:42) and Jonathan Cabral (17:51) of St. Bernard.

• East Lyme completed a perfect regular season by sweeping Bacon Academy 17-42 in the ECC Large Division and Griswold 19-39. Bacon also defeated Griswold 24-31. The Vikings (10-0, 5-0) swept the top three spots with Ben Ostrowski winning in 17.34.5 over the 5K course at Rocky Neck State Park followed by Jon Combies (17:34.9) and Tim Meyers (17:37). Scott Butler added a fifth for East Lyme.

• Norwich Free Academy split a pair of ECC Large Division meets, beating New London 15-50 while losing to Woodstock Academy 28-29. Kyle Liang won the race for the Wildcats (9-2, 3-2) on his home course at Mohegan Park (17:41) while teammate Tyler Sholes finished fifth in 18:11. New London, which also lost to Woodstock 15-50, fell to 0-8, 0-5.

• Waterford swept an ECC Medium Division meet at Killingly, beating the host Redmen 23-38 and Windham 22-37. Dan Clark (19:38) and Dillon Abate (19:49) finished 3-4 to lead the Lancers (2-6, 2-3), while Matt LaBrecque (20:05) was sixth.

• Asa Palmer won individual honors in 17:45 as Wheeler went 2-1 in a quad-meet at home. The Lions beat Plainfield 21-37 and Fishers Island 16-45, but lost to Lyman Memorial 22-35 in the ECC Small. Troy Stefanski placed fifth overall for Wheeler (6-9, 0-5) in 18:54 and Matt Reck was eighth in 19:59.

• Norwich Tech took the top five spots and beat Putnam 15-43 in a Constitution State Conference meet. Carl Feder-Craney won the race with a time of 19:13 and was followed across the finish line by Christopher Plympton, Aaron Pelletier, Mike Froscello and Troy Anderson.


• Ledyard's Bruce Douglass, completing his 40th regular season as the Colonels' head coach, earned his 300th dual meet victory when Ledyard beat Stonington 22-36 in the ECC Medium Division.

The Colonels (6-2, 4-1) did lose to Fitch 24-33, and the Falcons (8-1) earned a sweep by defeating the Bears 20-41. Stonington is 6-5, 3-2.

Ledyard's Jordan Houdeshell led from start to finish to win on her home 5K course in 20:12, 17 seconds faster than Fitch's Sarah Dinovelli. Stonington's Antonio Reynolds was third in 20:45 while Ledyard's Megan Brawner finished fourth followed by a three Falcons - Alana Olendorf, Alicia Morovoqui and Megan Tess.

• East Lyme split a tri-meet at Rocky Neck State Park, defeating Bacon Academy 23-33 in the ECC Large but losing to Griswold 23-32. Griswold also beat Bacon 16-39. East Lyme (5-5, 1-4) was led by Eva Christensen, who finished second in 15:30, four seconds beind Griswold's Alyssa Brehler. The Vikings' Kirsten Thompson finished fourth in 16:09.

• NFA finished the regular-season portion of its ECC Large Division schedule unbeaten with wins over Woodstock (21-35) and New London (15-50). Brianna Lenehan of NFA (10-0, 5-0) won the race with a time of 20:09 and teammate Aly Field was second. Samantha Trombley of NFA was fifth. Woodstock beat New London (0-9, 0-5) 15-50.

• Wheeler beat Lyman Memorial 26-31 in an ECC Small Division meet. The Lions (4-9, 3-2) also beat Fishers Island 15-50 and lost to Plainfield 19-39. Sarah Volack of Wheeler was fourth in 22:02 and teammate Kelsey Melinoski was fifth at 22:47. Olivia Backhaus was the top Fishers Island runner, finiashing eighth, and Plainfield's Kerri Ruffo won the race with a course-record time of 20:09.

• St. Bernard earned a pair of 15-50 forfeit wins over host Tourtellotte and Montville, which couldn't field complete teams, in the ECC Small Division. The Saints (8-3, 4-1) were led by freshman Corrie Meehan, who won the race 22:27. Montville's Suzie Fitzgerald was second in 22:37 followed by three St. Bernard runners - McKenzie Coughlin, Heather Wallace and Kaelin Smith.

• Sara-Caitrin Mandelburg won individual honors in 21:41 and lifted Waterford to wins over Killingly 27-29 and Windham 22-37 in the ECC Medium Division. Genevieve Nuttall added sixth for the Lancers (2-6, 2-3).

Ledyard's Jordan Houdeshell runs to victory on her home course during the Colonels' tri-meet with Stonington and Fitch on Tuesday. Ledyard beat Stonington to give coach Bruce Douglass his 300th career win.
Ledyard's Jordan Houdeshell runs to victory on her home course during the Colonels' tri-meet with Stonington and Fitch on Tuesday. Ledyard beat Stonington to give coach Bruce Douglass his 300th career win.


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