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Boys Cross Country: Amity Bows To Prep 30-25

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Sep 132017
 

The Amity Spartans Cross Country Team hosted the Fairfield Prep Jesuits for the season opener in Woodbridge on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

The final score was Amity 30, Fairfield Prep 25

Fairfield’s Drew Thompson was hands down the leader of this meet with an awesome time of 16:21.

 

2. Jake Mattei (AMITY) 16:49

It was almost a three-way tie for the next three finishers:

3. Azaan Dawson (FAIRFIELD PREP) 16:57

4. Andrew Burford (AMITY) 16:57

5. Connor Visnic (AMITY) 16:58.

A Job well done, gentlemen.

Cross Country: Amity Boys Wins Woods Trail Run Invitational

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Oct 042015
 

Kyle Beaudette, Gray Shirt, leads his Amity Teammates in a practice run in Woodbridge last month.

Kyle Beaudette, Gray Shirt, leads his Amity Teammates in a practice run in Woodbridge last month.

The Amity Spartans Boys Cross Country Team Traveled all the way to Thetford (Orange County) VT on Saturday, Oct. 3, to take part in the Woods Trail Run Invitational.

As you may know, the Spartans are the reigning Southern Connecticut Conference and Class LL state champions and the talent in 2015 is still incredibly strong.

Orange resident, Kyle Beaudette placed 5th at the finish line with a time of 16:47.22 and when it was over, Amity had 4 runners in the top 30.

The Spartans won the Invitational event with a score of 129 points.

Congratulations Boys! Keep up the pace.

 

Cross Country: Amity Boys and Girls Both Win Three on Thursday

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Sep 262015
 

Amy Criscuolo

Emily Criscuolo

The Amity Spartans Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams took on Jonathan Law, Sheehan and Guilford at the Fitzgerald Track in Woodbridge on Thursday, Sept. 24.

Girls

Individually Amity junior Emily Criscuolo came in first with a time of 19:54 followed by teammate Melissa Taggart at 20:14. Three Guilford runners rounded out the top five: Claire Keanna 20:23; Evelyn Ferrall, 21:00; and Amy Puchini, 21:20.

Team scores:

Amity 24, Guilford 33

Amity 15, Law 50

Amity 15, Sheehan 50

Guilford 15, Law 48

Guilford 15, Sheehan 48

Sheehan 22, Law 36

Boys

Individually, Guilford’s Benjamin Siciliano took first place at 16:30 followed by four Amity runners who rounded out the top five: Timothy Cannata 16:58; Kyle Beaudette 17:04; Harrison Block 17:04; and Matthew Arovas 17:04

Team scores:

Amity 20, Guilford 40

Amity 15, Law 50

Amity 15, Sheehan 50

Guilford 15, Law 46

Guilford 15, Sheehan 45

Sheehan 26, Law 29

Boys Cross Country: Amity Places 11th in New England Championship Race

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Nov 152012
 

By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

Amity boys cross country Coach Bob Orgovan was quite pleased with his team’s 11th place finish (out of 30 teams) at the New England Scholastic Boys Cross Country Championship Race, which was held on Saturday in Cumberland, Maine.

Bishop Hendricken from Providence, RI, a traditional New England cross country power, won the New England title, recording only 85 points. In addition to being 11th overall, Amity was fifth among the six Connecticut schools. New Milford was fifth overall and first among Nutmeg State schools. (263 points) Followed the Green Wave were: Newtown (sixth—266), Xavier (eighth—310), Staples High of Westport (ninth—378) Amity (11th-378), and Simsbury (19th—434).

According to Orgovan, “It wasn’t our best race of the season—that came last week at the State Open, but I still thought we ran well. It was a cold day—about 40 degrees and the course was muddy and slippery; but it was the same for everybody and not a factor in the final outcome. Because of the conditions on the course, everybody’s times were a little slow.”

Staples’ Henry Wynn, who had previously won the Class LL and State O pen championships, completed the trifecta by also claiming the New England title. He logged a time of 16 minutes, 13 seconds for the 3.1 mile race.

Amity’s top seven finishers were: Shae Belenski (87th out of 270 runners—17:44), Michael Yuan ( 97th—17:53), Connor Dunleavy (108th—17:58), Brian Dunleavy (129th—18:07), Aaron Barkin (150th—18:18), Brian Mosher (169th—18:27), and Anthony Barletta (202nd—18:47).

This was the 10th year in a row that the Spartans qualified for the New Englands, which is the longest qualifying streak in the state.

“To be 11th in New England isn’t bad,” Orgovan said. “Michael Yuan ran his best race of the season.”

While Belenski, Barletta, and the Dunleavy twins all graduate in June, Yuan, Barkin, and Mosher will return in 2013. Orgovan expects freshmen Matt Arobas along with juniors Eric Hansen and Alex Hart to step up into varsity roles.

He added, “We lost f our of our top seven guys—the same as we lost last year, so I think we may be down a bit from this year, but we won’t be bad. After next year, things will pick up again. If we work hard during the off- season, I think we can continue our streak of qualifying for the State Open. We could end up as good as we were this year. Our biggest problem will be the lack of a proven No. 1 guy. Hopefully someone will improve a lot and step into the vacant No.1 position. We definitely will have to pack better without that No. 1 guy.”

Boys Cross Country: Amity Keeps Moving Forward

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Nov 022012
 

Phil Brodsky

Orange Live Sports Writer

Amity boys cross country Coach Bob Orgovan made it clear that he was pleased with his team’s sixth place finish in Saturday’s CIAC Class LL Championship Race, which was held at Wickham Park in Manchester. As expected, Danbury won the LL crown, scoring only 94 points.  The sixth-placed Spartans rang up 167 points.

“I thought we ran well,” Orgovan said. “We ran the same course two weeks ago at the Wickham Invitational. Our times for the Class LL meet were about 30 seconds faster per man. Xavier beat us handily at the SCC Championship Race but we beat them (195) and Prep (211) this time. Xavier didn’t run its best race and Fairfield Prep’s top runner was injured and could not run on Saturday. We were the lowest-scoring SCC team in this race. I think we are peaking at the right time.

With its sixth place finish and 167 points, Amity has qualified once again for the CIAC State Open, which will be run on Friday at Wickham Park, starting at 2:30 p.m.  Finishing among the top six teams at the State Open would send Amity to the New Englands, which take place on Saturday, November, 10 in Maine.

Henry Wynne from Staples High of Westport won the 3.1 mile championship race with his time of 15 minutes, 49 seconds. Throughout the season, Orgovan rated Wynne as the top runner in the state and expected him to also win the upcoming State Open and the New England Championship Races.

Amity’s top finishers were: Shae Belenski (19th out of 190 runners); 16:59, Brian Dunleavy (29th—17:11); Connor Dunleavy (35th—17:17); Michael Yuan (38th—17:18); Anthony Barletta (46th—17:27); Aaron Barkin (51st—17:33); and Brian Mosher (75th—17:52.

Orgovan added, “If we run well at the Open on Friday, I think we can qualify for the New Englands.  There is a lot more balance among the teams seeking to qualify. Last year, I thought we had a good team and we finished fourth at the State Open.  This year’s team is better than last year’s team, but if we had the same time this year in the Class LL Championship Meet that we had last year, we might not have qualified for the Open. We usually run in a pack, which I want them to do, but if each of our top five guys in the pack can improve his time by just five seconds, that improves our team time by 25 seconds.”

 

 

Boys Cross Country: Amity Suffers First Loss in Three Years – By 1 Point

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Oct 082012
 

By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

When Fairfield Prep defeated the Amity boys cross country team 28-29 last week, it ended the Spartans’ 25 race winning streak. Prior to that loss, Amity’s previous defeat was to Cheshire in October, 2009.

Following the setback, Amity Coach Bob Orgovan said, “Prep has an excellent runner in Luis Alvarado. He’s one of the top three runners in the state but he sat out this race due to an injury. With Alvarado out of action, I thought we had a much better chance to win, but they still beat us by a point. That proves they were the better team this race. Their course was wet and slippery, but that was no excuse. Both teams ran on the same course under the same conditions.”

In Alvarado’s absence, the Jesuits were led by Andrew Thane, who completed his 2.9 mile home course in 15 minutes, 38 seconds. Shae Belenski was close behind with a second place 15:42. Orgovan was quick to admit that, in addition to Fairfield Prep winning the race, the big factor in the final outcome was the Jesuits also taking third and fourth place.  Brian Dunleavy (5th—15:54), Anthony Barletta (6th—15:56), Andrew Barkin (7th—15:58), Michael Yuan (9th—16:06), Brian Mosher (10th—16:10), and Connor Dunleavy (11th—16:13) were Amity’s remaining top runners.

“We had hoped Shae would win the race, but he was four seconds off. Like I said before, it was a close race but the better team won” added Orgovan,”

On Saturday, Amity participated in the annual Wickham Invitational in Manchester. Running in the 15 team Championship Race, Orgovan’s boys came in fourth with 108 points. Darien won the 3.1 mile race, followed by New Milford (113), Xavier (116) and Amity. The individual race winner was Henry Wynne from Staples High of Westport. His winning time was 16:22.

“Wynne ran a damn fast race,” Orgovan said. “He may end up the Connecticut Champ.”

Amity’s top finishers were: Barletta (24th—17:44), Brian Dunleavy (25th—17:49), Yuan (26th—17:50), Connor Dunleavy (31st—17:52), and Mosher (41st—18:03).

Due to a minor leg problem, Orgovan chose to hold Belenski out of the race, in order to avoid any chance of worsening his injury and being forced to miss the upcoming conference and state meets.

It should be noted that third-ranked Danbury and fourth-ranked Fairfield Prep did not run at Wickham Park as they were running elsewhere on Saturday.

Amity went into the Fairfield Prep race, Amity had been ranked third in the state. Following the loss to the Jesuits, it is now expected that the Spartans will slip down one or two slots in the next poll. Orgovan felt that running without Belenski his team would slide to No. 6.

On Tuesday, Amity hosts Cheshire and Shelton in the annual race for the Housatonic Division championship in a 4 p.m. start at the Fitzgerald Trail in Woodbridge. All three teams go into that race without a Housy loss.

Below are photos from the Wickham Invitational in Manchester on Saturday and the meet against Prep. (Photos by Jacqueline Barletta)