Lily Anderson

Lily Anderson

STONINGTON — Stonington High's Lily Anderson was the veteran of this year's girls cross country team, and Bobbie Doherty was the new kid on the block.

They both put together solid seasons and earned All-ECC Division II first-team honors for the Bears.

A formula that takes into account performances in dual meets and the ECC championships is used to determine postseason honors.

Doherty was the second-best runner in D-II; Anderson, third.

"Lily finished in the top 15 at the ECC meet for the third year in a row," first-year Stonington coach Jeff Parkinson said. "I was definitely happy with her season. She is one of the nicest, kindest kids. These are always the kids you want to see do well."

Anderson battled some illness near the end of the season, too, affecting her performance at the Class SS meet.

Anderson was Stonington's top runner at the ECC championship race, finishing 13th in 22:26.

Doherty was Stonington's top finisher in four races, including the Class SS state meet (35th). She was 20th at the ECC championship meet.

"Bobbie came in in really great shape. She was very, very excited and very outgoing," Parkinson said. "We had to attach her to Lily's hip to learn the ropes. She had to do a lot of learning. She was able to get a handle on the races as the year went on."

Stonington finished sixth overall at the ECC championship meet and second in Division II, trailing Bacon Academy. The Bears shared the ECC Division II championship with the Bobcats. The regular-season dual meet and championship meet results are merged to determine the final standings.

Stonington placed seventh at the Class SS meet.

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