New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)


- — Maggie Vanoni

High school cross country is back to normalcy. After the 2020 season saw teams compete with abbreviate­d schedules and without state and national championsh­ips, high school runners across the state are ready to get back to full slated schedules of competitio­n.

Ahead of meets starting statewide on Sept. 9, here’s a list of the top 25 girls cross country runners to watch this season:

Elizabeth Anderson, Jr., Greenwich: Anderson was Greenwich's No. 3 runner in the 5,000 last season and ran her PR at the Greenwich Point 5k for a third-place finish. 5,000M PR: 19:53

Julia Antony, Sr., Guilford: The 2020 Second-Team AllState Selection shaved two minutes off her PR from her freshman year last season and finished second at the SCC Division Cross Country Championsh­ips to lead Guilford to the SCC A Division title. 5,000M PR: 19:53.0

Olivia Birney, Sr., Simsbury: In her first year of cross country for Simsbury, Birney placed fourth at the CCC A-Region Championsh­ip to help lead Simsbury to the team title and was later named a Second-Team All-State selection. 5,000M PR: 18:50.0

Peyton Bornstein, Sr., Tolland: Bornstein was named a Second-Team All-State selection after leading Tolland in the 5,000 meters and winning the CCC Region-C Meet in 19:37.1. 5,000M PR: 19:26.5

Keelin Bremner, Jr., Immaculate: Bremner was the top ranked sophomore following the 2020 season, No. 17 runner overall, in the state by after finishing sixth at the SWC Championsh­ips. 5,000M PR: 19:06.0

Mairead Clas, Sr., Darien: Clas finished second last season in the FCIAC West Region Championsh­ip’s 4,000-meter race in 15:30.5. 5,000M PR: 19:03.5 (2019)

Claire Daniels, Sr., New Milford: A 2020 GameTimeCT First-Team All-State honoree, Daniels was ranked as the top junior in the state of Connecticu­t by Athletic.Net, also the No. 5 runner overall, following last season where she placed third at the SWC Championsh­ips and led New Milford to its first SWC title since 2010. 5,000-Meter PR: 17 minutes and 48.0 seconds

Esme Daplyn, Soph., Greenwich: Placed third in the 4,000 meters at the FCIAC West Region Championsh­ip last year. 5,000M PR: 20:11.0

Ava Graham, Sr., Bethel: Graham placed second at the SWC Championsh­ips while leading her team in the 5,000 and being named a 2020 First-Team All-State honoree. 5,000M PR: 18:46.0 (2019)

Kali Holden, Sr., Trumbull: Holden ended last season as the No. 7 runner in the state and with Second-Team All-State honors after finishing second at the FCIAC East Region Championsh­ip 4,000-meter race in 15:00.1. 5,000M PR: 18:11.4

Nora Holmes, Sr., Hall: Holmes finished third last year at the CCC A-Region Championsh­ip and was named a FirstTeam All-State honoree. 5,000M PR: 18:58.0

Jacqueline Izzo, Sr., Southingto­n: Izzo finished second last season at the CCC Region-B Championsh­ips in 19:21.0 to help Southingto­n earn the team title, while she was also ranked as the No. 16 overall runner in the state by 5,000M PR: 19:01.4

Anna Keeley, Sr., Fairfield Ludlowe: Along with winning the FCIAC East Region Championsh­ip (4,000M) as the only runner under the 15-minute barrier and helping lead Fairfield Ludlowe to the meet’s team title, Keeley also won all of Fairfield Ludlowe’s dual meets she entered and was a First-Team All-State honoree. 5,000M PR: 18:30.6

Sydney Kelleher, Jr., New Milford: Kelleher finished fifth at the SWC Championsh­ips last season, while being New Milford’s No. 3 runner in the 5,000 meters. 5,000M PR: 19:13.0

Jordan Malloy, Sr., Bacon Academy: Mallory was Bacon Academy’s fastest runner in the 5,000 meters last season, bettering her previous PR by 50 seconds. 5,000M PR: 19:19.0

Evelyn Marchand, Sr., Trumbull: Marchand was Trumbull’s second-fastest runner in the 5,000-meters last season and finished fifth at the FCIAC East Region Championsh­ip 4,000meter race. 5,000M PR: 19:15.8

Emily Markovcic, Sr., Wilton: The 2020 First-Team AllState selection led Wilton in the 4,000 and won the FCIAC Central Region Championsh­ips with her PR of 14:59.5. 4,000M PR: 14:59.5

Calista Mayer, Sr., Tolland: Mayer, Tolland’s No. 2 runner in the 5,000, finished 13th at the CCC Region-C Meet last season in 21:26.7. 5,000M PR: 19:31.0 (2019)

Kayla Ondy, Sr., Immaculate : Last season, Ondy finished ninth at the SWC Championsh­ips in 21:33.4 and was Immaculate’s overall No. 2 runner in the 5,000. 5,000M PR: 19:52.0 (2019)

Katherine Rector, Sr., Ridgefield: The 2020 Second-Team All-State honoree finished third last season at the FCIAC Central Region Championsh­ip 4,000-meter race. 5,000M PR: 19:24.4

Frenchie Riccio, Soph., Southingto­n: Riccio was ranked as the top overall freshman from the 2020 season and tied for No. 29 overall runner in the state with teammate Jessica Lombardo, by after placing fifth at the CCC Region-B Championsh­ips. 5,000M PR: 19:32.1

Katherine Sanderson, Sr., Hall: The 2020 First-Team AllState honoree placed second at the CCC A-Region Championsh­ips with a near 40-second personal best. 5,000M PR: 18:37.0

Rachel St. Germain, Sr., Somers: The 2020 First-Team All-State honoree won the NCCC East Divisional Championsh­ip last season by bettering her sophomore year PR by over a minute to help Somers win the team title. 5,000M PR: 19:09.0

Maddie Sweeney, Sr., New Milford: Sweeney shaved four minutes off her PR from her sophomore year last season to be named a Second-Team All-State honoree and be ranked as the No. 9 overall runner across Connecticu­t, per 5,000M PR: 18:34.0

Caitlin Wiley, Jr., Old Saybrook: Wiley led Old Saybrook in the 5,000 last season with a 22:04.0 and finished fourth at the Shoreline Cross Country Championsh­ips. She was named a SLC All-Conference selection. 5,000M PR: 19.10.0 (2019)

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Arnold Gold / Hearst Connecticu­t Media Guilford’s Julia Antony is one of the cross country runners to watch this fall.

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