NORTH STONINGTON — Kelsey Melinosky was the top runner for the Wheeler High girls’ cross country team and earned first team All-ECC Small Division honors.
Melinosky was one of seven runners named to the first team. Selection to the team is determined by a point system based on the performance at each meet involving another ECC-Small school.
As a sophomore, Melinosky primarily posted times of 23 to 24 minutes in the 3.1-mile races and earned an ECC-Small honorable mention.
Melinosky was able to reduce those times to the mid 22’s as a junior and closed the seasaon with a time of 21 minutes and 59 seconds at the Class S state meet at Wickham Park.
Wheeler coach Diane Kodama said that Melinoksy has more than enough stamina to run cross country, and that her improvement was simply a matter of speed.
“She probably could run forever if she wanted to,” Kodama said. “She wants to start running half-marathons. We did a lot of speed work to help her get her times down.”
Melinosky finished first for the Lions in all nine races and won the race at Fishers Island on Sept. 27.
Kodama said confidence and health were issues for Melinosky in 2012.
“She didn’t have a lot of confidence last year and she twisted her ankle, too. She overcame the injury and ran with a lot more confidence this year,” she said.
Melinosky finished sixth among ECC-Small runners at the ECC championship meet (22:20) and placed 29th at the Class S meet.
Junior Sarah Volack was voted as the sportsmanship winner for the Lions.