St. Joseph High senior James Mas placed fourth overall at the CIAC Boys State Open cross country championships at Wickham Park in East Hartford on Nov. 6.

Mas finished the 5,000-meter 188-runner race in 16 minutes, 16 seconds. FCIAC competitors Eric VanderEls (McMahon) and Gabriel Altopp (Ridgefield) were the top two overall finishers in 15:47 and 15:55 respectively.”

"James ran an outstanding race today," said St. Joseph 16th year coach David Scrivines. "He got stronger each mile and had the best final mile finish that I've ever seen."

Mas qualifies for the New England championships, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 14 in Thetford, Vermont. The top 25 individuals in the State Open qualify for the New England championships. Mas was in 25th place at both the one-mile and two-mile marks, before making his dramatic third-mile push to pass 21 runners in that final one-mile stretch.

"We weren't worried as much with his finish time as we were with his place," said Scrivines. "The confidence James had from running a real strong third mile the previous week at the State Class championship meet helped him today. But to pass so many runners in that final mile was incredible."

Saturday's race in Vermont is a 12:30 p.m. start.

Mas finished the 5,000-meter 188-runner race in 16 minutes, 16 seconds. FCIAC competitors Eric VanderEls (McMahon) and Gabriel Altopp (Ridgefield) were the top two overall finishers in 15:47 and 15:55 respectively.”

"James ran an outstanding race today," said St. Joseph 16th year coach David Scrivines. "He got stronger each mile and had the best final mile finish that I've ever seen."

Mas qualifies for the New England championships, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 14 in Thetford, Vermont. The top 25 individuals in the State Open qualify for the New England championships. Mas was in 25th place at both the one-mile and two-mile marks, before making his dramatic third-mile push to pass 21 runners in that final one-mile stretch.

"We weren't worried as much with his finish time as we were with his place," said Scrivines. "The confidence James had from running a real strong third mile the previous week at the State Class championship meet helped him today. But to pass so many runners in that final mile was incredible."

Saturday's race in Vermont is a 12:30 p.m. start.