GHS, Farmington strong in boys XC open

MANCHESTER — Four local runners qualified for the New England championship as the region showed strong in the State Open Cross Country Championship in Wickham Park Friday.

Farmington’s Matt Chisholm finished 12th with a time of 16:31 while teammate Palmer Weimann was not far behind in 15th with a time of 16:34.

Suffield’s Patrick Begley also ran a great time, clocking in at 16:34 and in 16th place.

The other runner qualifying was Glastonbury sophomore Randy Neish, who worked hard to meet high expectations set for him during his impressive season for the Tomahawks.

“It was definitely more pressure than any other meet,” Neish said. “I was really nervous before this. I was expected to make it to New Englands, it’s a lot of pressure to meet that.”

But Neish did, clocking in at 16:21 and in 13th place.

“I ran really well,” he said. “I am happy with my time , happy with my place, happy to be heading to New Englands.”

Still an underclassman, Neish hopes this is just the start of what could be a very impressive resume come his senior season in 2015.

“I want to be one or two next year,”Neish said. “I want to win this thing by the time I graduate.”

Glastonbury finished the team competition in 15th place, a pretty lofty accomplishment for a team that was a surprise entry in the Open.

“I love my team,” Neish said. “We weren’t expected to do anything at the beginning of the season but we made it here.”

Ellington finished a strong 14th place in the team competition too, thanks to Jordan Dixon cracking the top 40 with a time of 17:01.

Other strong times were turned in by South Windsor’s Michael Stoker, 17:04, and Canton’s James Yost, 17:21.

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