Former New Milford High School boys' cross country coach Mike Abraham was crowned the season champion recently as the Roxbury road race series closed the books on its 2011 campaign.

Noah Rossiter, who just completed his senior season as a Green Wave runner, won Dec. 3's season finale for his third straighr race victory in Roxbury.

The 17-year-old Rossiter completed a 2.4-mile course in 13:10, just a second ahead of NMHS temmate John Hansell.

Theresa Krebs, 42, of Roxbury was the women's winner on Dec. 3, placing 18th overall in 16:21 over a rolling layout featuring the steep ascent on Chalybes Road.

The race concluded the 35th season for the series, which former New Milford elementary school principal Bill Burley, a former longtime Roxbury resident, initiated in July 1977.

Following the race, awards were given to the top six overall male and female runners in the season point standings, as well as in other categories.

The top six men were Abraham, 52, of Roxbury, Eric Koenig, Brian Vanderheiden, Larry Deming, Chris Deming and Jeff Tindell.

The women's champion was Baerbel LoSacco, 40, of New Milford, challenged by Mary Schafer, Krystal Koenig, Theresa Krebs, Emily Davis, and Alison Masopust.

Via runners' balloting, Eric Koenig was selected most improved runner and Stosh Davis of New Milford received the rookie of the year award.

Former longtime series director Bob Lewis was presented with a service award.

The 2012 series will start Feb. 18 at 8:30 a.m. with a 2.4-mile run.

The races, sanctioned by the Roxbury Recreation Commission, start and finish near Hurlburt Community Park along West Apple Lane.

For more information, call Scott Benjamin at 203-837-9999, ext. 19825, email benjamins@wcsu.edu or check www.roxburyraces.net.