Zy­danow­icz, An­der­son sweep races for Hall

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - Sports - By Ryan Lacey

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 Tay­lor Mascetta 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.

The big­gest up­set came in the team race where Xavier (130 points) placed third be­hind win­ners Con­cord (Mass.) (104) and run­ner­sup Tol­land (125). The Fal­cons were with­out Rob­bie Cozean, who was nurs­ing a foot in­jury. Peter Schul­ten took sixth while Dil­lon Selfors was eighth (16:37) to lead Xavier. Fal­cons fresh­man Noah San Vi­cente won the JV race in 17:36.

“Ea­mon Burke ran a 17:25 as our fourth guy and it was big for Noah to win the JV race,” Xavier coach Chris Stonier said. “We were with­out (Cozean); we want to make sure he’s healthy and to­day showed that we ab­so­lutely need him in our lineup. In re­gards to our train­ing, we are in a good spot.”

The CCC will hold its con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship at the course in ad­di­tion to all the Class and State Open races that will take place in the com­ing weeks.

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