LHS and Wamogo teams run against Thomaston
Above, Wamogo's Robin Carlson runs behind Thomaston's Sammi Breier and ahead of Litchfield's Sarah Simaitis. Below, Litchfield's Ryan Gannon and Wamogo's Nick Nemergut duel early in their race. John McKenna photos
Litchfield High's cross-country teams made their home debuts on Wednesday in a tri-meet with Wamogo and Thomaston.
In the girls meet, powerhouse Thomaston rolled to two victories. Litchfield defeated Wamogo to end the day with a 3-1 record. Robin Carlson of Wamogo finished fifth in the girls meet to pace her team, while for Litchfield Sarah Simaitis was sixth, Olivia Nordland eighth, Chelsea Hayward ninth and Natalie Wihbey 10th.
The boys meet saw Thomaston outduel Litchfield and Thomaston and Litchfield down Wamogo. Ryan Gannon of Litchfield ran a strong race to finish third. Also cracking the top 10 for the Cowboys were Connor Courtney in sixth place, Carl Costa in seventh, Carlos Rodriques in ninth and Peter Wihbey 10th.
The official starter for both races was KidsMarathon founder Rod Dixon, a four-time Olympian for his native New Zealand and the winner of the 1983 New York City Marathon. Dixon is a longtime friend of Litchfield coach Brent Hawkins.
Four-time Olympian Rod Dixon was the starter for both races.