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HK Cross Country Achievement

– Story and Photos submitted by Peter Baird –

H-K boys win class SS State Championship in Cross Country, and the girls’ team finishes second
Last Saturday, Oct 25th at Wickham Park in Manchester, the Haddam-Killingworth boys’ cross country team won it’s seventh Class SS state championship and it’s third in four years, while the girls’ cross country team finished second overall for its best finish since 2006.  H-K coach Matt Diglio said it “was a very special, memorable and historic day as HK has never had both a boys and girls team place 1st or 2nd in the same year and qualify as a team to State Opens.”
The boys’ team was led by junior Cameron Garrelts, who finished second overall in the race behind Coginchaug senior Christian Agberico with a time of 16:52.  He was supported with strong performances by senior Patrick Fitzgibbons (sixth, 17:13), senior David Baird (10th, 17:28), senior Michael Rutledge (17th, 17:48) senior Gavin Manzi (21st, 18:04), senior Randin Manzi (28th, 18:32) and senior Robert Tischbein (29th, 18:32). Both Garrelts and Fitzgibbons earned all state honors.  Overall, H-K scored 56 points. Canton, H-K’s primary competitor for the state title, finished second with 79 points.
The girls’ team was led, as they had been all season, by a strong performance from Maddie Brandon, who finished second overall with a time of 20:07, earning all-state honors.  She was followed a strong group of teammates that included three outstanding freshman runners.  Freshman Kelsey D’Amico finished 11th overall in a time of 21:12, followed by junior Annelise Walsh (20th, 21:54), freshman Lexi Bouthiller (27th, 22:14), junior Erica Allen (36th, 22:41), sophomore Elizabeth Early (41st, 23:02) and freshman Grace Lindell (48th, 23:15).
Coginchaug captured the overall girls’ title.
Both the boys’ and girls’ teams are competing at the state opens October 31st at WIkham Park in Manchester, CT, with hopes of qualifying for the New England Championships.