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Junior Julia Coyle, left, and senior Sydney Lord will lead the girls’ cross-country team. Photo by Marc Allard.

The Woodstock Academy girls’ cross-country team had to accept one fact of life this fall. “The Linsey Arends era is over,” said coach Joe Banas.
Arends won the ECC individual title last year, was seventh in Class MM and 40th in the State Open championship. She will be running for the University of Rhode Island this fall.
But the cupboard is not bare in Woodstock. The Centaurs, who finished with a 10-2 overall record and second in the Class MM state championship, may not be able to replace the ECC individual champion, but they do have a strong 1-2 punch returning.
Senior Lauren Brule and junior Julia Coyle are both back. Brule was 10th and Coyle 14th in the ECC championship a year ago.
The Centaurs only have 10 runners out for the program.
Lord, who finished 15th in the ECC a year ago, will be a key for the Centaurs along with classmate Tessa Brown, sophomore Kira Greene and freshman Olivia Tracy who won the Quinebaug Valley Junior Conference junior high championship last fall.
Banas does have a goal he would like to accomplish.
He wants to keep a streak alive as the team has not finished worse than third in the ECC championship meet in the five years he has coached the Centaurs.
Schedule: Tues., Sept. 13: with Griswold at Waterford, 4:15 p.m.; Tues., Sept. 20:  with Ledyard, Tourtellotte at E. Lyme, 4; Sat., Sept. 24: at Ocean State Invitational, TBA; Tues., Oct. 4: with Windham at Fitch, 4:30; Sat., Oct. 8: at Wickham Park Invitational, TBA; Tues., Oct. 11:   vs. NFA, 3:45; Thurs., Oct. 20: at ECC Championship at Norwich Golf Club, 1;
By Marc Allard
Director of Sports Information
The Woodstock Academy


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