Another illlustrious chapter was added this week to the rich history of New Milford High School boys cross country.

The Green Wave harriers will compete Saturday, Nov. 9, in the New England championship meet.

Coach Chris Bacich's NMHS pack followed up a sixth-place performance Oct. 26 at Wickham Park in Manchester in the state Class LL meet with a similar effort Nov. 1 in the prestigious State Open meet.

That finish was good enough for the Green Wave to punch a ticket for the New England Open, to be held Saturday in Manchester, N.H.

Leading the way last Friday at Wickham for the Green Wave was Hugh Sichel with a 26th-place showing in a field of 178 of the state's best runners.

Hugh was clocked in 16:48 over Wickham's rolling, five-kilometer layout, one second and one place ahead of senior running mate Zack Guptill.

They were backed by Jay Humphreys (74th, 17:28), Jonathan Davis (81st, 17:32), Greg Hansell (83rd (17:33), Luke Simmonds (103rd, 17:43) and Adam Dengler (111th, 17:49).

Coach Giles Vaughan's Green Wave girls were well represented at the State Open by freshman Greer Kramer, who checked in 40th in a field of 181 distaff runners with her 20:23 time.

Greer was the fifth freshman runner to complete the course.

The Shepaug Valley High girls' squad boasted senior standout Clara Wolfe among the State Open athletes.

Clara clocked 21:13 to finish 93rd, six days after finishing eighth in her state Class S race.

Clayton Firmender of the Spartans rounded out the local contingent at the State Open with his 142nd-place time of 18:19.

He had placed 11th in the boys Class S event to earn his invite to the State Open.

Coach Tom Scarola's Spartan boys finished third as a team Oct. 26 to miss by one place qualifying as a team for the State Open race.

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