Boys and Girls XC run past Middletown and Maloney.
Berlin 26, Middletown 31
Berlin 21, Maloney 40
Berlin 20, Middletown 42
Berlin 15, Maloney 50
Boy's win took an entire team effort to pull off. James Dwyer and Brendan McLarty were able to take first and second and Matt Kall and Lawence Betterini were able to win fifth and sixth to secure the win.
"Luckily Matt and Lawrence were able to pass two Middletown runners in the last half mile because the next five places went to Middletown," Berlin coach Steve Soucy said "The boy's really have been focused on Middletown this year because they kind of snuck up on us last year and got a good win against us. We were ready for them this year and had a solid plan going into the race. I knew if we could get the overall winner we would have a good shot point wise and lucky for us, our top guys really came through."
The girls won again with their pack. Middletown was able to take the overall race win, but Berlin runners took the next six and 14 of the first 17 overall places.
Brittany Sullivan was our top runner today finishing the course in 22:14. She was followed closely by Kristen Madeia, Nicole Grieco, Paige Young, Stef Parillo, Nick Sylvain and Taylor Lupini.
"I told the girls to go out hard and then start to turn the race into a tempo run once the positions were clear," Soucy said. "They were still able to post one of the fastest team times we have ever had at Sage Park with a 1:54:52.
"We race next at the Winding Trails Invitational this Saturday in Farmington. There will be some great competition there and we are taking the rest of the week as rest to get ready. After this rest week, we start another training cycle that will take us to the championship races at the end of October."
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