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Cross Country 2016: HKHS Boys win 3rd Consecutive State Championship; Girls Team Places 2nd

Submitted by Matt Diglio.
On Saturday, October 29, 2016, the Haddam Killingworth High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams competed at the Class SS State Championship Meet at Wickham Park in Manchester. The Boys team (ranked 7th in the entire state) won their 3rd consecutive state title and the 5th in the last 6 years, while the Girls team (ranked 10th in the entire state) placed 2nd overall to advance to next week’s State Open Championship Meet.
The Boys team continued their winning ways as they dominated the Class SS field scoring 39 points to easily outdistance runner-up Coventry with 99 points and were able to win their 3rd consecutive state championship and the 5th title in the past 6 years.  The boys team was led by individual race winner and State Champion junior Daniel Schumann who won the race in a time of 16:33.  Crossing the line behind him were teammates  junior Andrew Meredith who placed 3rd in a time of 16:50 and junior Jonah Spector who placed 7th in a time of 17:16. All three boys earned All State honors (Dan and Andrew for the second consecutive year).  Running a strong race as the #4 man was junior Conor McCabe who placed 12th in a time of 17:36 and was followed by senior Noah Miller who continued his fantastic season as he placed 16th in a time of 17:47.  Also contributing to the team victory was senior Doug Brown who placed 28th (18:23) and junior Michael Callis 65th (19:32) to help the HK boys cross country program win their 9th State Championship overall.
The Girls team was attempting to defend their state title in 2015, but lost to a strong Immaculate team by a score of 53 to 78. Leading the way for the Cougars once again were a pair of juniors Kelsey D’Amico and Lexie Bouthillier who placed 7th and 8th overall in the race in times of 20:24 and 20:26 to earn All State honors (Kelsey for the second straight year).  They were followed by senior Lizzy Early who placed 13th in a time of 20:43, junior Julie Kelly 18th (20:49) and sophomore Emma Anziano who placed 32nd (21:41).  Also contributing to the girls runner up performance were juniors Grace Lindell 46th (22:36) and Maggie Fisher 50th (22:51).
By virtue of their top 2 finish in their class as a team, both the boys and girls squad advance to the State Open Championship which will be held Friday November 4, 2016 at Wickham Park in Manchester.
Photos courtesy of Becky Schumann.