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Branford freshmen Cyrene Nicholas and Annaliese Troidle proved too much for the Amity girls cross country team to handle in last Monday’s Southern Connecticut Conference inter-divisional meet at the Fitzgerald Trail in Woodbridge. Nicholas won the three mile race in 19 minutes, 39 seconds and Troidle was close behind at 16:43. Led by their potent one-two punch, the Hornets soundly defeated Coach Sean Mahon’s Lady Spartans 19-38.
Amity however did record victories over Lyman Hall (15-48) and East Haven (15-5) to put its record at 4-2 (2-0 in the Housatonic Division of the SCC).
Lisa Gorham was the Lady Spartans’ top finisher (and third overall) with her time of 20:03. Behind her came Minnie Chen (6th overall –21:04), Sarah Stein (8th—21.20), Marina Tomei (9th—21:24), and Alanna Morton (12th—21:45).
“Branford’s first three girls are all freshmen and they are going to trouble for the next four years. Each of our runners improved her times in this race, but this is only the second time they have raced on our new course. I had hoped we would have run better but we weren’t expecting what Branford did to us,” Mahon said. “We did the best we could do, but they really opened our eyes and kicked our butts. I think my girls now better understand the difference between running and racing. We’re a young team that’s still learning what running cross country is all about.”
The Lady Spartans are back in action on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. for an SCC race against Sacred Heart Academy and Mercy on the Pacers home course in Hamden.