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St. Joseph junior James Mas placed 32nd in Friday’s State Open cross country meet at Wickham Park in East Hartford.

Mas completed the 3.1-mile race in 16 minutes, 36 seconds. This strong finish marks a 25-place and 41-second improvement over last year’s 57th place, 17:17 State Open finish for Mas.

The top 25 runners at the State Open advance to next week’s New England championships.  Mas was just seven places off hitting the qualifier.

“James had a great season, including winning the Class M championship,” said St. Joseph coach David Scrivines. “I’m pretty confident he will get to New England’s next season with continued improvement.”