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Runners in the boys' race leave the starting line during the 15th annual Middle School Cross Country Championship at Stonington High. | (Grace White / Mystic River Press)
Pawcatuck Middle was first in the girls' race. (Grace White / Mystic River Press) Mystic Middle's Jason Kilcoyne finished first in the boys' race. | (Grace White /Mystic River Press) Runners leave the starting line for the beginning of the girls' race. | (Grace White / Mystic River Press) Mystic Middle School's Blake Edward  finishes second in the boys' race. 
(Grace White / Mystic River Press) Mystic Middle's Jessica Detwile finished in second place in the girls' race. School Cross Country Championship at Stonington High School. (Grace White / Mystic River Press)  Mystic Middle's girls cross country team pose with  Tom McCoy after winning the trophy that bears his name. (Grace White  /Mystic River Press) St. Michael's Chase Flynn finished in third place. The boys cross country team from St. Michael's school won overall. Local middle school cross country teams competed for the McCoy Cup during the 15th annual Middle School Cross Country Championship at Stonington High School. 
(Grace White / The Westerly Sun) Coach Tom McCoy holds the trophy that bears his name during the award ceremony. Local middle school cross country teams competed for the McCoy Cup during the 15th annual Middle School Cross Country Championship at Stonington High School. 
(Grace White / The Westerly Sun) St. Michael's Abby Remmert,12, gets ready to grab her placement card as she finished in third place. Local middle school cross country teams competed for the McCoy Cup during the 15th annual Middle School Cross Country Championship at Stonington High School. 
(Grace White / The Westerly Sun) St. Michael's boys cross country team hold up their trophy after winning the McCoy Cup. In the center is Nate Hennessey, 10, who came in 5th place. Local middle school cross country teams competed for the McCoy Cup during the 15th annual Middle School Cross Country Championship at Stonington High School. 
(Grace White / The Westerly Sun) St. Michael's boys cross country team pose with Tom McCoy after winning the trophy that bears his name. Local middle school cross country teams competed for the McCoy Cup during the 15th annual Middle School Cross Country Championship at Stonington High School.  
(Grace White / The Westerly Sun)

Mystic, St. Michael’s take first


STONINGTON — Mystic’s girls and St. Michael’s boys were the team champions in the 15th annual Stonington Invitational Middle School Cross Country championship meet at Stonington High on Saturday.

Mystic won the girls’ competition with 24 points and Pawcatuck was second with 45.

St. Michael’s finished with 37 points to top Mystic (44) in the boys’ competition.

Mystic’s Jason Kilcoyne won the boys’ race covering the 1.58-mile course in 10 minutes, 18 seconds. Teammate Blake Edwards was second (10:28) and Saint Michael’s Chase Flynn was third (10:36. Rounding out the top five were Kyle Emmert (Saint Michael’s, 10:45) and Nate Hennessey (Saint Michael’s, 10:51.

Liz Gray, of Pawcatuck Middle, was the winner of the girls’ race in 10:28. Second place went to Mystic’s Jessica Detwiler (10:42) followed by Abby Remmert (St. Michael’s, 11:30), Gabby Dellacono (Mystic, 11:40) and Alex Jefson (Mystic, 11:41).

The event was first organized by former Stonington High cross country coach Tom McCoy and he still coordinates the races. The McCoy Cup is presented to the first place team each year.

Other girls’ team score were St. Michael’s, third (56) and St. Pius, fourth (208). The other boys’ team scores were Wheeler Middle, third (44), Pawcatuck Middle, fourth (100) and St. Pius, fifth (114).

Other scorers for the Mystic girls were Alex Jefson (fifth, 11:41), Julia Soscia (sixth, 11:42) and Lindsey Orr (seventh, 11:42).

Others scorers for Pawcatuck were Aurora Vennari (eighth, 11:43), Julia Rich (ninth, 11:48), Mary Gray (13th, 12:07) and Hailey-Mae Peel (14th, 12:23)

Other scorers for Saint Michael’s were Brigid Kunka (10th, 11:56); Rachel Kunka (12th, 12:05); Grace Kane (20th, 12:41) and Gracie McCall (31st, 13:26).

The five scorers for St. Pius were Mariah King (21st, 12:49), Isabella Trombino (40th, 13:49), Abbie Gibson (46th, 14:12) Carly McGill (49th, 14:17) and Katryn Basso (52nd, 14:33)

Wheeler Middle did not compile a team score with three runners. They were Nikki Collins (11th, 12:04) Brianna Testa (39th, 13:46) and Tiffany Young (43rd, 13:52).

This event was first organized by Tom McCoy and he still coordinates this event with the area middle schools each year.

The McCoy Cup is presented to the first-place team.

Other scorers for the Saint Michael’s boys were Quinn McBride (seventh, 10:56) and Andrew Castagliuolo (18th, 11:35)

Other scores for the Mystic boys were Ethan Murphy (10th, 11:12), Cameron Whalen (15th, 11:28) and Josh Pollard (16th, 11:32)

Wheeler boys’ scorers were Ethan Smith (11th, 11:12), Kevin Valez (12th, 11:18), Nate Bossie (14th, 11:20), Bryce Reck (17th, 11:34) and Aidan Gaskins (25th, 12:25)

Pawcatuck scorers were Wade Post (eighth, 10:58), William VanDuyne (13th, 11:19), Evan Champagne (24th, 12:19), Christian Ward (26th, 12:25) and Jordan Moosey (29th, 12:51).

St. Pius’ top five runners were Michael King (sixth, 10:52), Thomas Chouinard (ninth, 11:04), Sean Kelly (22nd, 11:54) Jason Martineau (36th, 13:24) Paul Smith (41st) 13:49.



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