MANCHESTER — The Hall girls cross country team capped an almost perfect season with the team title at the State Open at Wickham Park on Frinday.
Hall was led by senior Jenna Zydanowicz’s 11th-place finish, who completed the 3.1 mile course in 19 minutes, 25 seconds. The Warriors scored 110 points, ahead of runner-up Simsbury’s 136. Trumbull (155), New Canaan (173) and Danbury (191) finished third through fifth.
“We’ve worked so hard for this all season,” Zydanowicz said. “Every single one of us worked so well together. This was really a team race and we gave it everything we had. This has been an unbelievable season; this is such a great group of girls.”
The future is bright for all. Sophomore Nora Holmes placed 13th in 19:36, followed by classmate Katherine Sanderson, who finished in 19:42. Junior Mia Healer was 59th overall in 20:46 and senior Rose Kitz 63rd in 20:50. Senior Natalie Schaumburger was 74th in 21:05 and sophomore Amy Zheng 162nd in 23:09.
The top five runners count toward team standings.
As a team, Hall finished in a time of 1:40:19. Simsbury was second in 1:41:32.
Hall advances to the New England championship meet on Saturday Wickham Park.
Greenwich’s Mari Noble won the Open individual title, topping defending champion and heavy favoroite Kate Wiser of Pomperaug. Noble had a narrow lead after both a mile and two miles, and suddenly the elusive title was in her grasp. The Greenwich junior finished in 18:13 for her first State Open title. Noble bested Wiser by 10 seconds.
“I wasn’t thinking about it too much, but I knew the time was going to come where I figured I’d lose her,” Noble said. “So I was mentally preparing for how I would handle being (by) myself. ...I can’t describe this feeling, I didn’t think this was completely possible.”
Manchester’s Kate Hedlund finished third (18:48) while Bethel’s Ava Graham finished fourth. Danbury’s Daniella Grullon-Pena was fifth in 19:07, just edging New Milford’s Claire Daniels with the same time. Kathryn Rodrigues of Wolcott (19:11, seventh), Amanda Derway of Simsbury was eighth (19:18), Alessandra Trumbull took ninth (19:18) and Mairead Clas (Darien) rounded out the top 10.