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ECC Cross Country Championships

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NFA's Niceforo Reyes (174, center) leads his teammates in a cheer before taking to the course for the ECC boys cross country championship meet Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Norwich Golf Course. NFA raced to a win in the boys team race while Fitch won the girls.

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Runners duck under a tree near the start of the ECC boys cross country championship meet Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Norwich Golf Course. NFA raced to a win in the boys team race while Fitch won the girls.

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St. Bernard's James Rose leads the runners into the woods at the ECC boys cross country championship meet Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Norwich Golf Course. NFA raced to a win in the boys team race while Fitch won the girls.

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Windham's Jesus Osuba (282), Ledyard's Bryce Hedman (102) and NFA's Connor Gralton (160) head into the woods in the EC boys cross country championship meet Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Norwich Golf Course. NFA raced to a win in the boys team race while Fitch won the girls.

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NFA's Connor Gralton is all alone on the final straightaway in the ECC boys cross country championship meet Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Norwich Golf Course. Gralton led NFA to a win in the boys team race while Fitch won the girls.

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Plainfield's Kerri Ruffo (477) races into the lead on the opening hill of the ECC girls cross country championship meet Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Norwich Golf Course. Ruffo won the race to lead Plainfield to a 2nd place finish to Fitch in the girls team race. Griswold's Alyssa Brehler, leading the girls race onto the final stretch collapsed short of the finish line and was taken to the hospital without finishing.

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Plainfield's Kerri Ruffo (477) and Griswold's Alyssa Brehler race neck and neck early in the race of the ECC girls cross country championship meet Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Norwich Golf Course. Ruffo won the race to lead Plainfield to a 2nd place finish to Fitch in the girls team race. Brehler, leading the girls race onto the final stretch collapsed short of the finish line and was taken to the hospital without finishing.

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Plainfield's Kerri Ruffo (477) takes the lead from a faltering Griswold's Alyssa Brehler just yards from the finish of the ECC girls cross country championship meet Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Norwich Golf Course. Ruffo won the race to lead Plainfield to a 2nd place finish to Fitch in the girls team race. Brehler, leading the girls race onto the final stretch collapsed short of the finish line and was taken to the hospital without finishing.

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Plainfield's Kerri Ruffo (477) crosses the finish line ahead of a faltering Griswold's Alyssa Brehler just yards from the finish of the ECC girls cross country championship meet Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Norwich Golf Course. Ruffo won the race to lead Plainfield to a 2nd place finish to Fitch in the girls team race. Brehler, leading the girls race onto the final stretch collapsed short of the finish line and was taken to the hospital without finishing.

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Griswold's Alyssa Brehler struggles to crawl to the finish as teammate Meagan Perez comes up on her just yards from the finish of the ECC girls cross country championship meet Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Norwich Golf Course. Ruffo won the race to lead Plainfield to a 2nd place finish to Fitch in the girls team race. Brehler, leading the girls race onto the final stretch collapsed short of the finish line and was taken to the hospital without finishing.

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Fitch's Sarah Dinovelli crosses the finish in 8th place of the ECC girls cross country championship meet Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Norwich Golf Course. NFA raced to a win in the boys team race while Fitch won the girls. Griswold's Alyssa Brehler, leading the girls race onto the final stretch collapsed short o the finish line and was taken to the hospital without finishing.

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Spectators applaud as Griswold's Alyssa Brehler is loaded onto a stretcher by American Ambulance emergency responders after she collapsed just yards from the finish of the ECC girls cross country championship meet Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Norwich Golf Course. Brehler, leading the girls race onto the final stretch collapsed short of the finish line and was taken to the hospital without finishing.