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Cross Country Teams Put A Wrap On Regular Season



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Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ cross country teams concluded the regular season with a pair of meets this past week. The teams hosted races on October 2 and traveled to Pomperaug of Southbury on October 7.

The girls defeated Pomperaug 20-40 and lost to Immaculate of Danbury 37-20. All three schools were 11-0 heading into the race; Newtown, by virtue of its victory over Pomperaug, wins the South-West Conference Colonial Division with a 6-0 mark (12-1 overall).

Rylee Harrell was Newtown’s fastest finisher and placed fifth in a time of 21:21, just ahead of teammate Emily Tressler, who also crossed the finish line in a recorded time of 21:21. Courtney Henchcliffe was eighth in 22:17, Maddie Fetchick came in tenth in 22:20, Hallie Filan was 11th in 22:21, Emily Litke came in 13th in 22:34, and Gloria Rowley placed 15th in a time of 23:26.

In the October 2 meet, the Nighthawks defeated New Milford 19-36, Weston 15-50, and Notre Dame-Fairfield 15-50.

Harrell won the race in a time of 21:21 and was followed by Tressler in 21:27. Filan came in fourth in 22:24, Henchcliffe was fifth in 22:27, Fetchick seventh in 22:54, Litke eighth in 23:00, and Julia Klein came in 13th in 24:43.

The boys beat Pomperaug because of the sixth-place runner tiebreaker after the top five runners from each school totaled a 28-28 draw. Newtown was nipped by Immaculate 27-30.

Max Bloomquist was Newtown’s fastest finisher, coming in fourth in a time of 18:06. Will Tainter-Gilbert was fifth in 18:22, Jack Kuligowski placed ninth in 19:01, D.J. Bobowick came in 12th in 19:29, Max Hanson was 13th in 19:37, Drew Poseno placed 14th in 19:40, and Aidan Budge was 16th in 19:47.

Newtown’s boys beat Weston 28-32 and Notre Dame 15-50, and lost 18-41 to New Milford.

Nick Jacobs was third in the race and Newtown’s top runner in a time of 18:15. Bobowick was 11th in 19:30, Tainter-Gilbert 12th in 19:38, Poseno came in 13th in 19:48, Budge was 14th in 19:57, Dan Sibley came in 15th in 20:09, and Hanson was 17th in 20:14.

When the Nighthawks hosted their races on October 2 there were threats of lightning in the forecast so the girls and boys ran at the same time in an effort to complete the meet as early as possible.

The teams will be back in action in the October 14 South-West Conference championships at Bethel High, with the girls’ race at 4 pm and the boys’ meet at approximately 4:35 pm.

Nick Jacobs was Newtown's fastest finisher in the team's October 2 race. (Bee Photos, Hutchison)
Rylee Harrell was first to the finish line in Newtown's October 2 race.
D.J. Bobowick approaches the finish line.
Will Tainter Gilbert heads to the finish.
Emily Tressler approaches the end of the October 2 race.
Maddie Fetchick finishes the race.
Courtney Henchcliffe finishes the race.
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