Suffield High School debuted its new cross country course Thursday afternoon under beautiful clear blue sunny skies and temperatures with a slight feel of the coming Fall in the air.
The new course had the athletes crossing twice over the newly constructed bridge between Bruce Park and the Suffield High Vo-Ag building, then winding up the hill around the back of the high school. Spectators watching from the fields at Bruce Park are able to see the runners four different times under this new course design as the runners completed the 3.1 mile distance.
Since this was the debut of Suffield’s new XC course, the girls' winner, Samantha Nyster of Bolton, set the new girls' course record of 20:46. Boys' winner Jimmy Clark of Suffield set the boys' course record of 17:05.
The Wildcats girls remain undefeated for the season defeating Bolton, Stafford and East Windsor. Suffield girls captured second through ninth place overall led by Monique LaBarre, Laura Sweeney, Nina Begley, Kaitlin Corr, Kellan McGann, Hanna Gardocki, Erin Reynolds, and Erin Kost. Other Suffield standouts included Lauren Isabel 12th, Megan Shannon 16th and Megan Morton 17th. Suffield girls won 20 – 43 over Bolton and 15 - 50 over both Stafford and East Windsor.
The Wildcats boys were surprised by a strong Bolton team, losing 26-33. Race winner Suffield’s Jimmy Clark was followed by Bolton’s Brendan Callahan, with Suffield’s Patrick Begley a close 3rd. The other scoring Suffield Wildcats were Ben Gee 6th, Justin Walch 10th, Matt Guilmette 14th, Max Morris 16th, Shawn Andrade 17th and John Urbanski 18th.
Suffield Boys and Girls Cross Country teams will be racing in this weekend's Stratton Brook Invitational Cross Country Meet in Simsbury, and
then racing at home again this coming Tuesday September 25th in a meet against Ellington and Canton.