When asked his thoughts on running in one of the earlier divisions, Beaudette explained: “To be honest it is really tough because you have to run your race for place and time. I have to wait for two races in the day and those people can see how I do and know the time they need to beat. I think there is a little bit of an advantage to that.”
Beaudette was followed by Jonathan Law sophomore Liam Fedigan (17:35) and Shelton junior William Rodrigues (17:51).
Rodrigues helped lead Shelton to the Division B team title with his third-place finish. He was joined in the top 10 in the division by teammates Jayden Opper (18:08, sixth), Jeremy Aprea (18:10, seventh), Andrew Cole (18:15, ninth) and Luke Pacheco (18:30, 10th).
West Haven wins Division C for first SCC crown
West Haven captured its first SCC title in team history, though it was a divisional title, running past Wilbur Cross, Platt Tech and Hillhouse.
“This is unbelievable,” West Haven coach William McDermott said. “Last week I lost my number three runner and everyone else stepped up today. It was terrific. This year I knew we had more kids I knew could run equally and they have improved every week. In our first race, Justin Rodriguez ran 22 minutes and he ran just over 18 today.”
West Haven earned five top 10 placements with third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishes by Allen Aldrich (18:58), Justin Rodriguez (19:05) and James Weber (19:06), respectively.
“This group will stand out for me without a doubt,” McDermott said. “This is the best team I’ve had.”
Wilbur Cross junior Nikita Omelchenko took home the individual Division C championship, pacing the field at 18:01.
“The goal was to get good placement today,” Omelchenko said. “Timewise I wasn’t concerned with a PR and tried to run the best race I could. I woke up a little tired and a little sore this morning but it is all mental, you hit the line and you just go out and run.”
Omelchenko’s time ranked 25th overall at the end of the day.
Burke, Xavier pick up pace in Division D
Division D belonged completely to Xavier as Burke and Santagata led the charge with the two fastest times of the day.
“They are both huge for us and have two different leadership styles,” Xavier coach Chris Stonier said. “Eamon is more vocal and is more of a rah-rah guy, where as Brody is a silent assassin who speaks with his training. The whole team knows what Brody has done over the past three years to get to where he is now. Everybody responds to different leadership so we are glad to have that.”
At the split, Burke was outpacing Beaudette’s time from the Division B race, but a blistering second half of the race pushed him across the finish line 34 seconds before Beaudette.
“I went in today telling myself that I wanted to put a surge into that final mile,” Burke said. “I wanted to make that gap bigger and really secure the win. It feels good (to be the SCC individual champion), but the team victory was more important to me today.”
As a team, Xavier took seven of the top ten spots in Division D and took four of the top 10 spots overall as the team put its final stamp on a perfect season.
Junior Noah San Vincente (17:21) finished fourth in the division and sixth overall, sophomore Nick Cassarino (17:33) finished sixth in the division and ninth overall. Cheshire’s Ryan Farrell (17:21) had a strong showing as well with a third-place divisional finish and fourth overall placement.
“We had a lot of team-oriented goals and because of the situation that we are currently living in, a lot of those team goals had to be adjusted,” Stonier said. “But the guys worked hard every week. Their level of focus was incredible from the first day that we met up until today. They were really focused on the process.”
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