Westhill High Girl Wins Race At New York Meet

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Westhill's Claire Howlett paces the field in the 2-mile at the Loughlin Games Saturday in New York. Photo Credit: Nymilesplit.com

STAMFORD, Conn. – Westhill High School’s Claire Howlett won one event and finished second in another Saturday at the 60th Bishop Loughlin Games in New York.

Howlett won the 2-mile in 10:48.16, outdistancing the pack by a comfortable 14 seconds. In the mile, Howlett finished second in 5:04.33. Denise Branch won the race in 5:03.17.

Howlett, who announced in the fall that she will attend Stanford University, has the top time in the 2-mile in the country so far in the young indoor track season. Her 1-mile team is fifth in the nation, according to MileSplit.com.

The Bishop Loughlin Games, which are run at The Armory, are the oldest and largest high school indoor meet in the country. Athletes from the Eastern Seaboard compete in the meet.

In the final high school cross country rankings for fall, Howlett was ranked 28th in the country by RunnerSpace.com. The website released its rankings on Saturday. Staples’ sophomore Hannah DeBalsi was ranked seventh in the country. Howlett was ranked third among girls from New England states.

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