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    Thursday, April 18, 2024

    H.S. cross country: Ledyard girls beat Waterford 25-32 in battle of ECC Division II unbeatens

    Ledyard’s Ella Stephenson and Josie Withbroe run stride for stride during Tuesday’s ECC Division II meet against host Waterford at Harkness Memorial State Park. Stephenson finished third and Withbroe fifth as the Colonels beat the Lancers 25-32 in a battle of unbeatens. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Waterford’s Avery Maiese sprints to the front at the start of Tuesday’s ECC Division II meet against Ledyard at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford. Maiese, the reigning ECC champion, took individual honors but Ledyard won the meet 25-32. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Waterford’s Titus Olson keeps up with a pack of Ledyard’s lead runners during Tuesday’s ECC Division II meet at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford. Titus finished fourth overall in a meet the Colonels dominated, 17-45. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Ledyard’s Kate Littler approaches the finish to place second overall during Tuesday’s ECC Division II dual meet against host Waterford at Harkness Memorial State Park. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Waterford — Ledyard won a battle of unbeatens and a showdown for first place in Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II with a 25-32 girls’ cross country victory over Waterford on Tuesday at Harkness Memorial State Park.

    The Colonels (7-0, 4-0) were led by Kate Littler in second (19:58) and Ella Stephenson in third (20:13). Their other top five finishers were Josie Withbroe in fifth (20:27), Tatiana Irizarry in sixth (21:26) and Avery Widlicka in ninth (22:14).

    Reigning ECC individual champion Avery Maise won individual honors for the Lancers (6-1, 3-1), finishing her home course in 19:26. Teammate Ellie DiBuono was fourth (20:24) while Ava Lee was seventh (21:34), Madison LaForte was eighth (21:42) and Adeline Steinhaus was 12th (22:25).

    In other meets:

    • East Lyme completed a perfect regular season with a 15-47 win over Fitch in an ECC Division I meet at Haley Farm in Groton. Maya D’Aquila was the individual winner for the Vikings (6-0, 3-0), finishing the 5k course in 21:37. Fitch is 2-6, 0-3.

    • Norwich Free Academy’s Karina Chan and Helen Muench finished 1-2 as the Wildcats beat Woodstock Academy 20-39 in an ECC Division I meet at Mohegan Park. NFA is 7-1, 2-1. Julia Doyle finished third for the Centaurs.

    • Stonington edged St. Bernard 27-28 in an ECC Division III meet on the way to a quad-meet sweep in Montville. The Bears (8-1, 3-1) also beat New London and Putnam 15-50 as did the Saints (7-2, 2-2). St. Bernard’s Helena Coury won individual honors in 20:50 with Stonington’s Peyton Vanderstreet (21:09) and Molly Musselman (21:49) finishing 2-3, respectively. Addison Labbe (fifth, 23:34), Madeline DeLaura (eighth, 24:21) and Lauren Vassler (11th, 26:47) rounded out the top five for the Bears with Mia Klewin (fourth, 22:21), Martha Hammond (sixth, 24:06), Audrey Turner (9th, 24:27) and Violet Kunka (10th, 25:33) rounding out the top five for the Saints. Olivia Crane-Benjamin finished seventh overall (24:17) for the Whalers (0-5).

    • Wheeler swept the top four spots to defeat Plainfield 16-42 in an ECC Division IV meet. Carissa Brown finished first for the Lions (3-5, 3-0) in 22:38) and was followed by Sophie Zichichi (23:10), Kylie Melia (24:46) and Rose Tardiff (26:49), with Ava Vangieri placing sixth (27:36).

    • Lyman Memorial took the top four places and beat Montville 15-50 in ECC Division II and Windham 15-50. Hazel DeLucia was first in 23:34 and was followed by Sylvie Hiltz (23:37), Luci Gardella (24:45) and Kayla Osga (24:32) for Lyman (6-1, 4-0). Sage Gressly finished fifth (25:06) for the Wolves (2-6, 0-3).

    Boys

    • NFA used its depth to overcome a 1-2 finish by Woodstock’s Christian Menounos and Colton Sallum to beat the Centaurs 27-30 in an ECC Division I meet. The Wildcats (7-1, 2-1) took the next four spots with Patrick Croughwell finishing third in 17:21, Jesse Croteau fourth in 17:35, Anthony DeBartolo fifth in 18:09 and Nicholas DeBartolo sixth in 18:15. Robinson Meuse completed the scoring for NFA by placing ninth in 18:40. Menounos won the race in 16:44.

    • Fitch’s Ryan Dunning was the individual winner in 16:52 but East Lyme finished an unbeaten regular season with a 21-38 win over the Falcons in an ECC Division I met at Haley Farm in Groton. East Lyme is 6-0, 3-0 while Fitch falls to 4-4, 0-3.

    • Ledyard rode the 1-2-3 finish of Hayden Baber, Jackson Hill and Gabriel Huff to 17-45 ECC Division II win over Waterford at Harkness Memorial State Park. Baber and Hill both finished in 17:55 with Huff a second behind in 17:56 for the Colonels (7-0, 4-0), with Antonio Soldato placing fifth (18:02) and Greyson Stephenson sixth (18:23). Titus Olsen led the Lancers (3-4, 1-3) in fourth place (17:59), Jay Zimmerman was eighth (18:41) and Adam Balfour 10th (19:01).

    • St. Bernard’s Colin Britner finished first in 17:52 as the Saints swept a quad meet at home. St. Bernard (8-1, 3-1) beat Stonington 19-42 in an ECC Division III meet and added 15-50 wins over New London and Putnam. Stonington (4-4, 1-3) also beat New London and Putnam 15-50. Lucas Dellacono placed second for the Saints (18:51) with the Bears’ Brady deCastro finishing third (19:00) followed by St. Bernard’s Maddox Roan (fourth, 19:50) and Rad Tanksley (fifth, 20:00). Gabriel Frommer led New London (0-5) by placing 13th (23:16).

    • Wheeler took four of the top five places on the way to a 20-35 win over Plainfield in an ECC Division IV meet. Trevor Scharchilli took top honors for the Lions (3-5, 3-0) in 18:51 while Cam Conway was third (19:28), Jayson Krysiewicz fourth (20:23) and James Noyes fifth (20:52). Jeff Timmons rounded out the top five for Wheeler in seventh (22:23).

    • Montville swept a tri-meet in Lebanon, defeating host Lyman Memorial 25-31 in an ECC Division III meet and defeating Windham 19-42. Lyman beat Windham 21-39. Jack Brehler finished first for the Wolves (7-2, 4-0) in 19:10 with Alex Joseph third (20:01), Nathan Dhillon fourth (20:14) and Brady Bilheimer 10th (21:13). Kellen Johnson finished second for Lyman (4-3, 2-2) in 19:20 with Ryan Spellman fifth (20:38), Hunter Sanchez eighth (21:05) and Oliver Gahi ninth (21:08).

    • Tycen LaBelle won individual honors as Griswold swept a tri-meet at Hopeville State Park, edging Bacon Academy 26-29 in an ECC Division II meet and beating Killingly 16-47. Bacon also beat Killingly 18-45. LaBelle finished in 17:41 for the Wolverines (4-4, 2-1) with Max Brown finished fourth (18:35), Dylan Bailey fifth (18:38) and Sean Silva sixth (18:40). Bacon (4-5, 1-2) was led by the 2-3 finish of Boden Paul (18:17) and Michael Dickey (18:19).

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