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Tolland cross country poised for huge 2013 season - TheSportsDept.com

Tolland cross country poised for huge 2013 season

The Tolland girls cross country team has won two straight Class M titles, and all signs point to a third this fall.

In fact, with all the depth and experience on the roster, the team could very well compete for a State Open and advance to New Englands.

The team returns seniors Melissa Caron, an All-State runner just a year ago, senior Shuana Maresh, All-Conference in 2012, and senior Savannah Gagnon.

A trio of talented juniors returns as well, with Courtney Ackerly and Molly Kozlowski fresh off All-State campaigns and Gabrielle Heilman, another threat.

Tolland only loses two players to last year, and will hope to challenge Suffield and Ellington in Class M.

Tolland Boys Cross Country

The Eagles’ boys are back and looking to improve on a 10-4 campaign in 2012 with all but two starters returning in 2013.

Senior captain Connor Lafontaine will lead the way after an All-Conference season last year, joined by fellow senior captain Jared Bedard.

“The Tolland Boys cross country team is looking to contend in the CCC-East this season and have some fun with an enthusiastic group of runners,” coach Brandon Elliot said. “[The team has] a solid core group of runners with several years of experience and the desire to succeed.”

Ellington Girls Cross Country

The Knights have a solid top three to help lead the 2010 Class M titelists as they look to make some noise in the NCCC.

Anna Chamberland was a top freshman last year, an All-Conference and All-State choice, and she looks to improve during her sophomore campaign.

She is joined by Katie Lee, a junior All-Conference returnee, and Leah Cawthorn, who spent the last two years in Alaska but was a part of the 2010 state championship squad.

Ellington Boys Cross Country

After a 25-1 season last year, Spencer LeBel, Jordan Dixon and the Knights should compete again in 2013.

“We have a tight grouping from our No. 1 runner to our No. 5 runner,” head coach Aaron Flamino said. “Ten guys put in good summer mileage so we should have someone ready to step in if someone has a bad day or an injury.

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