Indians Run Well at Nonnewaug: WHS Boys Improve to 7-1

MAGIC ALEX - Junior Alex Cole has been front-and-center for the Watertown High School boys’ cross country team this fall. Cole not only led the Indians to a sweep of NVL rivals Wolcott, Kennedy and Oxford on September 29 by finishing first, he also finished fourth overall at the Nonnewaug Invitational two days later.

WOODBURY - The Watertown High School cross country teams, running for the second times in three days, fared well ast the 62nd annual Nonnewaug Invitational on October 1 and came away with some strong performances in the 11-team field.

The boys team placed 5th behind another outstanding run from Junior Alex Cole (4th, 16:59).

Matt Creter (18:41), Mike Allen (19:40) and Nick Basile (19:51) all recorded top 40 efforts with their season best times and seniors Cristian Welcome (21:02), Keith Acuna (21:05) and Andrew Warren (21:37) all had good runs as well to finish the scoring for the Indians.

In the boys JV race, Zach Goetz (21:46) and Sebastian Creter (21:54) led the way with great efforts, while Julian

Guerrera was next across the line for WHS in a season-best 22:40 while Mark Albino and Drew Clements finished off their strong weeks with another pair of great runs. 

Charles Stroehle and Dan Matozzo also finished well for WHS. 

In the girls varsity race, Lilly Khouri had a great day in leading the Watertown to a sixth-place finish.

Khouri ran a big race, finishing with a saeason-best time of 21:43 to place seventh overall.

Sophomore Lana Kolpa (23:12) was next for the Indians, running a season best of her own to crack the top 15. 

Sara Mustafi (25:59) and Natalie Nascimento (26:04) finished strong to record new season personal records as well and freshman Christina Mattei rounded out the scoring for the locals as she crossed the line in 27:43. 

“Morgan Hodorski, Julia Caligiuri and Karina Deros also had good days as overall the teams received great efforts and results

throughout the lineup,” said coach Brian LaFontaine.

IN THE NVL

After a one-day weather-related delay, the Indians faced Wolcott, Kennedy and Oxford at Bucks Hill Park in Wolcott on September 29. 

The boys improved to 7–1 on the season with a sweep of the meet; leading the way for the Indians was Alex Cole as he continued his great season in leading from start to finish to finish first in 17:44.

Classmate Matt Creter had a great run as well, crossing the line in a season best 18:49 to finish third; Nick Basile and Mike Allen were the next scorers for Watertown, finishing in 20:23 and 20:32. 

Cristian Welcome (21:34), Sebastian Creter (21:45) and Keith Acuna (21:51) also had strong races to wrap up the scoring for WHS.

“Andrew Warren ran a strong race as well while Drew Clements and Mark Albino both had great runs to set new personal

bests,” said LaFontaine.

“Overall the team had a good day and continued to show me improvements as the set their sights on the NVL championship meet later this month, he added.

On the girls side, Watertown came away with two-of-three as they defeated both Kennedy and Oxford but fell to Wolcott to move to 4 -4 on the year.

Lilly Khouri had another strong showing as she took second overall in a new season best time of 22:53. Sara Mustafi (27:06) and Christina Mattei (27:07) had great days as well as both posted big personal bests in helping the locals to the two victories. 

Natalie Nascimento and Julia Caligiuri also had season-best runs to finish the scoring for  Watertown.

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