Updated State Rankings and Wickham Invite Recap:
Boys(Average 1-5 Wickham converted time):
#1 (16:55)- Hall jumps into the top 6 for the first time with a bang, being ranked #1 in the state after the Wickham Invitational. Hall’s bump comes from Miller Anderson’s impressive 16:04 run at Wickham Park, as well as the return of Trey Cormier with a 16:39. In addition, each of their top 6 ran a season best time at Wickham.
#2 (16:56)- Coming in at #2 is Xavier. Xavier didn’t have their best day at Wickham, but they still walked away with a few converted season bests, and combined with prior performances maintain a 16:56 average amongst their top 5.
#3 (16:57)- Tolland takes the number 3 spot, and as of now they may be the favorite to win the state open. Going 7/7 in converted season bests at Wickham, they upset Xavier by 5 points. While only ranked 3rd in team time, their 34 second 1-5 spread will make them formidable at the state open, which they’ve already shown by being the top CT team at Wickham.
#4 (16:59)- Suffield comes off a surprising upset of Staples in the Championship Race at Wickham, and led by Nick Sinofsky’s 16:36 they boast an average team time of 16:59, and this underdog team finds themselves not far behind the blue bloods of the state as we close in on the postseason.
#5 (17:02)-Staples comes in at 5th. Like Xavier, they did not have their best day at Wickham but a perennial contender like Staples is sure to round into shape for big postseason meets, and they cannot be counted out of contention for any postseason title.
#6 (17:06)-Bristol Central came in 7th(6th CT) in the Championship Race at Wickham and they find their way into the top 6 rankings with 5 season bests this weekend. With an average time of 17:06, they are surely in contention for a berth to New England’s, something unexpected from this team coming into the season.
Girls(Average 1-5 Wickham converted time):
#1 (20:32)- Glastonbury jumps up 2 spots to take the #1 ranking this week. With 7 season bests at Wickham led by a season best of over a minute by Casey MacElhiney, Glastonbury is starting to come into form and have posed themselves as an early favorite to win the LL and Open team titles.
#2 (20:33)- Hall drops one spot in the rankings to #2. They were missing two runners out of their top 5, but still managed a 7th place finish at Wickham. They had the bright spot of Jenna Zydanowicz’s 18:45 to capture the win by almost a minute.
#3 (20:33)- Danbury comes in at #3 just behind Hall with a solid 2nd place showing at Wickham filled with season bests. Only 9 points behind Glastonbury in the race, Danbury too has shown themselves to be a contender for postseason titles down the line and their matchup with Glastonbury at the LL and Open meets will be an exciting one to watch.
#4 (20:41)- Trumbull comes off a respectable 3rd place finish at Wickham, led by a 19:54 run from Alessandra Zaffina, good for 4th in the race. Trumbull looks like a strong team, but will need to work to close the gap between them and the trifecta of Danbury, Hall, and Glastonbury whom have all looked dominant at times this season.
#5 (20:45)- New Milford jumps in to the rankings at #5, quietly coming off of a win in the unseeded section of the Wickham Invitational, scoring 81 points en route to an easy win. Each of their top 5 ran season bests, and #1 runner Claire Daniels won the unseeded race in 18:58, which almost 2 minutes better than her time at Nonnewaug a few weeks ago, and would have been good for 2nd in the championship race.
#6 (20:45)- Immaculate comes in just behind New Milford, placing 5th in the championship section at the Wickham Invitational, even without #1 runner Angela Saidman. If Saidman is injured, that would be a major blow to Immaculate’s New England hopes, but at Wickham the team showed that even without her they can compete at a high level.