Local roundup: EL boys, girls complete perfect cross country regular seasons
East Lyme — East Lyme completed a perfect regular season in Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I with a 19-44 victory over Woodstock Academy in a boys' cross country meet on Friday at Rocky Neck State Park.
Chris Abbey won individual honors for the Vikings (6-0, 3-0) in 16:59 and Woodstock's Ethan Aspiras was second. After that, East Lyme's next four runners came across the line with Luke Anthony finishing third followed by Ben Rukundo, Fisher Macklin and Griffith Posgay.
In other meets:
• Watkinson School defeated Williams School 22-37 in Hartford. Phillip Knowlton led the Blues with a third-place finish in 19:58 while Hunter Dolphin was fifth in 20:52 and Jackson Raisbeck was sixth in 21:49.
Girls' cross country
• East Lyme completed an unbeaten regular season with a 24-35 victory over Woodstock in an ECC Division I Meet at Rocky Neck State Park. Madison Sjostrom led the Vikings (6-0, 3-0) by placing second in 19:50, while Samantha Lyster was fourth (20:20), Gilly Goodwin fifth (20:34), Izzy Pazzaglia sixth (20:59) and Syd Sager seventh (21:23). Woodstock's Linsey Arends won the race in 19:34, setting a course record.
• Williams rode the 1-2-3 finish of Mary Madaus, Anna Terry and Beatrice Palmer to an 18-37 win over Watkinson. Madaus won in 21:44 followed by Terry in 26:50 and Palmer in 27:07. Vaishnavi Ladd finished fifth for the Blues and Katie Burzin was seventh.
• Nikki Hahn and Grace Vlaun won two individual events apiece and were part of two winning relays as East Lyme remained unbeaten with a 99-81 nonleague win over Old Lyme/Valley Regional/Old Saybrook. Hahn won the 200-yard individual medley (2:17.30) and 100 breaststroke (1:10.35) for the Vikings (6-0) while Vlaun captured the 200 freestyle (2:02:67) and 100 free (56.69). They also joined Lauren Hinckley and Katie Keating on the 200 free relay (1:46.23) and Keating and Anna Lu on the 400 free relay (3:55.55). Grace Sweeney won the 100 butterfly (1:01.05) and 500 free (5:38.80) for Old Lyme and joined Makenna Harms, Helen Day and Connie Pan to win the 200 medley relay (2:01.94).
• Fitch rallied from a 2-1 deficit for a 3-2 victory over Norwich Free Academy in an ECC Division I match. Game scores were 18-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-17 and 15-11. Karly Morales had 21 assists and 10 digs for the Falcons (7-4, 2-2) while Nora Ryan added 25 kills and 14 digs. Maya Conley led the Wildcats (4-7, 0-3) with 21 assists and 10 digs while Sam Tracey had 13 kills and Sidney Meneses finished with 13 kills and 20 digs.
• Hannah Avila had nine aces and 21 assists to highlight Ledyard's 25-16, 25-14, 25-16 win over Killingly in an ECC Division II match. Tajeah Winston added seven kills for the Colonels (8-5, 2-1) while Kira Kassim had nine kills and two aces and Natalie Poulton nine digs and two aces.
• Despite dropping the first two games, Norwich Tech roared back to win the next three, including a 15-13 victory in Game 5. Joharys Perez-Rivera had five kills, 10 digs, 12 points and six aces to pace the Warriors (6-6, 6-2 Connecticut Technical Conference), and teammate Paige Phaneuf contributed 17 digs. Norwich Tech dropped the first two games, 25-21 and 25-12, before coming back with victories in Game 3 (25-18) and Game 4 (26-24).
• Lizbeth Nunez de la Cruz had 17 service points, two aces, 20 assists and seven digs to pace New London to a 3-0 win over Wheeler in an ECC Division IV match. Game scores were 25-12, 25-11 and 25-12. Caylee Parker added 15 service points, 10 kills and two blocks for the Whalers (4-6, 3-1), and Jayden Burns contributed 14 service points, two kills and six digs. Stacey Rivera (19 assists, seven digs) and Chaylet Cintron (nine points, nine digs) also paced New London. The Lions are 2-10, 0-4.
H.S. field hockey
• Kristen Healy scored the game's only goal as East Lyme edged Fitch 1-0 in the ECC. Lindy Erikson assisted on the goal for the Vikings (7-2-1, 6-0-1). Fitch is 5-6, 3-4).
• Katie Howley recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 14 kills and 16 digs in Connecticut College's 3-0 loss to Amherst in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Game scores were 25-18, 25-19 and 25-20. Teammates Christina LeDuc and Katie Gunderman teamed up for three blocks, and Elle Kass had 13 digs and two aces for the Camels (6-9, 0-6). The Mammoths are 14-1, 5-0.
• Olivia DeLoach had 15 kills and 27 digs as Mitchell College outlasted Salem State in five games, 23-25, 25-21, 25-11, 15-25 and 15-10 on Thursday night. Ciera Moore added 12 kills and Cameron Childs also had 27 digs for the Mariners (9-8).
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