The 2021 GameTimeCT All-State Girls Cross Country team. Compiled by Bill Bloxsom. Photos are Hearst Connecticut Media or submitted. Designed by Pete Paguaga.
Runner of the Year
Rachel St. Germain
Stats: Runner-up in the New England Championships with a time of 19:07.08. Posted best time of 18:02 to win the State Open. It was the fifth fastest time on the Wickham Park course. Placed first in Class S (18:42). Owns course records at Stratton Brook, Winding Trails and Bolton High.
Honors: All-New England, three-time Class S All-State, All-NCCC.
Off the field: A member of the National Honor Society, St. Germain volunteers with the library reading program. Member of the Beta Club. Volunteered with the Savers clothing drive.
Up next: Will run cross country and track at Quinnipiac.
Stats: Class MM champion in 19:45. Placed 10th at the State Open in 19:17. Antony finished 25th (20:31.16) at the New England meet. Team MVP for the Class MM winners.
Honors: All-New England, Class MM All-State, All-SCC.
Up next: Will run cross country and track at Brown.
Stats: Class M champion with a time of 20:09. Placed 15th at the State Open in 19:31. First in the 37th annual Wickham Park Invitational, second at the Stratton Invitational and third at the Ocean State Invitational. Personal best time of 19:13.3 came in her runner-up finish at the 12th Rock Northeast Invitational.
Honors: Three-time Class M All-State, All-CCC.
Off the field: Class treasurer all four years. All Academic all four years in the CCC, Bornstein is a member of the National Honor Society. Participates in Special Needs events with brother, who is autistic.
Up next: Will run cross country and track at Abilene Christian.
Stats: Runner-up in Class L with a time of 19:24. Placed fifth in the State Open at 18:55 and was 29th at the New England meet (20:42.23). Ciccone set two course records, won three dual meets, and was SCC champion. Her best race time was 18:40. Her best time in the 5K was 18:55. Ciccone broke the Cheshire home course record by one minute, 13 seconds.
Honors: Class L All-State, All-SCC.
Stats: Placed fourth in Class LL (19:32). Finished sixth at the State Open in 19:03. Holden earned All-New England honors with 21st place finish in 20:23.08.
Honors: All-New England, Class LL All-State, All-FCIAC.
Stats: Third in the Class LL meet with a time of 19:18. Placed eighth at the State Open in 19:14. Holds school record with 14.45 in 4K and 16:36 in 4.4K.
Honors: Class LL All-State, All-FCIAC.
Off the field: A National Honor Society member, Keeley founded the L Students for Soldiers that supports USO of Metropolitan NY.
Up next: Will run cross country and track at Duke.
New Milford, Junior
Stats: The Class L champion with a time of 19:13, Kelleher placed third at the State Open in 18:49. Garnered All-New England honors with an 11th-place finish (19:57.53). A CT Gatorade Runner of the year finalist, Kelleher was SWC champion (19:03), runner-up at Bowdoin Park Invitational (19:16) and at Woods Trail Run (19:23). Personal best time of 18:49 was second fastest for a New Milford female runner at Wickham Park. Helped New Milford win New England, State Open, Class L and SWC titles.
Honors: All-New England, Class L All State, All-SWC.
Stats: The runner-up in Class S in 20:04, Minicucci finished ninth at the State Open with a personal best time of 19:15. She was 20th with a time of 20:22.29 to earn All-New England honors. Minicucci holds school records for home course (19:56) and Wickham Park.
Honors: All-New England, Class S All-State, All-NCCC.
Off the field: Member and president of the National Honor Society, Minicucci earned honors in World History, Latin, Introduction to Art and Construction. She is co-captain of the tennis team, a Church youth group member, camp counselor and after-school teacher.
Stats: Class SS champion with a time of 19:54. Finished 11th at State Open (19:21). Poulos was 16th in 20:12.01 to earn All-New England honors. All-NVL MVP, Poulos was first runner from girls program to be All-New England. Holds the home course record of 19:12 and a girls’ school-best time of 19:21 at Wickham Park.
Honors: All-New England, Two-time Class SS All-State, All-NVL.
Off the field: Poulos is a member of the World Language and National Honor Societies.
Up next: Will run cross country and track at Siena.
Stats: Rector won Class LL with a time of 19:01. Placed fourth at the State Open in 18:53. Rector’s personal best time in the 4K was 14:28 at FCIAC championships. Ran an 18:08 in the 5K at the North East XC Club championship.
Honors: Two-time Class LL All-State, All-FCIAC.
Off the field: Senator in the Latin Club, Rector is in the National Honor Society. Participates in horseback riding year-round.
Up next: Will run cross country and track at Washington University in St. Louis.
Stats: Runner-up finish in Class LL (19:16) led her team to the state title. Placed second at the State Open with a personal best time of 18:48. Strauss earned All-New England status with a time of 19:50.01, which was good for a seventh-place finish. Was CCC champ for 14-0 Glastonbury.
Honors: All-New England, Class LL All-State, All-CCC.
New Milford, Senior
Stats: Sweeney was third at state meet with a time of 19:40 to lead Green Wave to Class L team title. Placed seventh at State Open in 19:11. Sweeney's time of 20:27.07 was good for 23rd and a spot on the All-New England team. Personal best time of 19:11 was best for a New Milford female at Wickham Park. Helped New Milford win New England, State Open, Class L and SWC titles.
Honors: All-New England, Class L All-State, All-SWC.
Up next: Will run cross country and track at UConn.
- Katherine Bolke, Newington, Soph.
- Stephanie Burzynski, Somers, Fr.
- Claire Daniels, New Milford, Sr.
- Nora Holmes, Hall, Sr.
- Jacqueline Izzo, Southington, Sr.
- Emily Mrakovcic, Wilton, Sr.
- Yee-Ying Ng, Bethel, Jr.
- Anna Omelchenko, Wilbur Cross, Soph.
- Stephanie Queiroz, Danbury, Sr.
- Radea Raleva, New Canaan, Fr.
- Katherine Sanderson, Hall, Sr.
- Julianne Teitler, Darien, Sr.
Keelin Bremer, Jr., Immaculate; Jacqueline Caron, Jr., Glastonbury; Esme Daplyn, Soph., Greenwich; Deirdre Flanagan, Jr., Ridgefield; Nell Grant, Jr., Amity; Kaylee Gravel, Sr., East Hampton; Gabriella Hernandez, Soph., E.O. Smith; Natalia Kmita, Fr., Berlin; Jordan Malloy, Sr., Bacon Academy; Emily Marchand, Sr., Trumbull; Calista Mayer, Sr., Tolland; Kristina Ponzio, Jr., Sacred Heart Academy.