Zy­danow­icz, An­der­son sweep for Hall

Connecticut Post (Sunday) - - Sports - By Ryan Lacey rlacey@ bc­n­new. com, twit­ter. com/ ryan­lacey11

MANCH­ESTER — It was an all- War­rior show at the 35th Wick­ham In­vi­ta­tional Sat­ur­day as Hall swept the day by win­ning the boys and girls cham­pi­onship races.

They couldn’t have un­folded any dif­fer­ently, how­ever.

Shortly af­ter se­nior Jenna Zy­danow­icz ( 18: 45) won by nearly a minute, class­mate Miller An­der­son ( 16: 04) edged Conard’s Gavin Sherry ( 16: 04) by less than a sec­ond to make it a sweep. An­der­son nar­rowly out­kicked the fresh­man stand­out, pulling ahead only in the fi­nal strides.

“I was just giv­ing it my all ob­vi­ously and I knew it was go­ing to be tough when I got close to him,” An­der­son said. “One of my team­mates ev­ery race yells at me my 800 PR and when I hear that I know no­body in the field is faster in the 800 than me and I should be able to out­kick any­one. I started kick­ing and he had some­thing back.”

The pair fin­ished 13 sec­onds ahead of Con­cord ( Mass.) run­ner For­est Macken­zie, push­ing each other to a stel­lar time.

Glas­ton­bury’s girls won the team ti­tle with 68 points, just ahead of Dan­bury ( 77). Trum­bull was third with 94 points. The Tom­a­hawks placed three run­ners — Casey MacEl­hiney, An­gela Braga and Grace Spar­row — in the top eight.

Zy­danow­icz took an early ad­van­tage and was left to pace her­self through most of the un­du­lat­ing course. Her time was quicker than last year’s win­ning mark.

“You re­ally have to have a pos­i­tive men­tal­ity be­cause you don’t want to slow down, but you know you have to keep a good tempo and stay pos­i­tive the whole race,” Zy­danow­icz said. “It’s a good point in the sea­son to have a boost in self- con­fi­dence know­ing you’re in a good place for the cham­pi­onship races.”

Green­wich sopho­more Mari Noble fin­ished sec­ond in 19: 36, while Dan­bury’s Lau­ren Moore fin­ished third in 19: 38 and Trum­bull’s Alessan­dra Zaf­fina made it a 2- 3- 4 for the FCIAC in 19: 54. Im­mac­u­late’s Tay­lorMascetta fin­ished sev­enth in 20: 15 while New Fair­field’s Hazel Hud­son fin­ished ninth

( 20: 26).

Noble and Moore ran neck- and- neck down the stretch in a tight bat­tle for the run­ner- up spot.

“I felt pretty good. I went out pretty fast, but it was hard be­cause it was a small race,” Moore said. “You have to stay in the zone. There were a few muddy patches where you feel your­self hit a wall.”

Shel­ton’s Robert Dil­lon took fourth in 16: 20. An­der­son’s win helped lead Hall to a fourth- place fin­ish as a team.

Ryan Lacey/ Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Shel­ton’s Robert Dil­lon runs at the Wick­ham Park In­vi­ta­tional on Sat­ur­day.

Ryan Lacey/ Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Trum­bull’s Mar­garet Loschi­avo runs at the Wick­ham Park In­vi­ta­tional on Sat­ur­day.

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