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Connecticut coaches are invited to register their teams for the 6th Harry Geraghty XC Invite starting at 3:00pm on Friday, September 29, 2017. The meet is now directed by Coach Peter Anthony of South Windsor HS and has been relocated to the Nevers Park XC Course in South Windsor. The meet is open to Connecticut high school age athletes competing with their high school team. Connecticut Middle school coaches are also invited to register their Middle school boys and girls teams in grades 6-7-8.

The meet is limited to the coaches of the first 15 high schools in the small and large school divisions to submit their Intent to Enter form to protect the integrity of the race and runners.  All profits go to the Harry Geraghty Scholarship Fund.

Harry Geraghty ImageA Coach Remembered and Honored

If you ask most coaches how many state championship banners they have hanging on their school's gym walls, most will say they're still looking for their first one. Well, Harry Geraghty has three. And how many coaches can say a senior class dedicated its yearbook to them? Well, Lyman Hall, class of 1966, did just that.

Successful coaching can be measured in many ways, and those are just two of the uncountable ways we could use to describe Harry Geraghty's remarkable career. Longevity ? Try about 40 years. Besides his family, coaching and teaching defined his life.

After brief stops at Lyman Hall and Canton High Schools, Geraghty spent most of his teaching and coaching careers at Rockville High in Vernon, and most of those years were spent coaching girls cross country and track and field. In the early days at RHS he also coached basketball, but climbed Mount Olympus in the late eighties in cross country and track. Those three championship banners in the RHS gym are his...two for Class L girls XC titles and one for girls State Open Champs. Another wall in the RHS gym is reserved for Geraghty's numerous league titles in girls cross country and track.

However conspicuous those banners are, what is less noticeable is the place of honor Geraghty holds in the hearts and minds of those who knew him, taught with him, and coached with and against him, and is absolutely in the hearts of his athletes. His ability to reach and motivate teenagers who came out for the sports he coached was special...the irony of this teacher/coach and his career lies in the fact that no one could teach to others what came naturally to Geraghty. The rest of us could only stand and observe him at work, and only hope to copy, sort of, what he did so well for so long.

Continuing to motivate even after passing, he inspired two fellow coaches to establish this cross country invitational in his name. Some things never change.

How many coaches have meets named after them?

By Dave Smith

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Complete Results Posted for 6th Harry Geraghty XC Invite

09-29-2017 – 8:55pm

The complete meet results from the 6th Harry Geraghty XC Invite meet for teams and individuals are available below from MySportsResults.com Results page sponsored by soundRUNNER of Branford, Fairfield, Glastonbury and Old Saybrook. The EZ Meet Services Featured Meet was held at the Nevers Park facility in South Windsor CT on Friday, September 29, 2017.

ALERT - 6th Harry Geraghty XC Invite Rescheduled to Friday, 9/29/2017

9/22/2017 5:30pm

Meet Director Peter Anthony announced late today that the 6th Harry Geraghty XC Invite has been reschedule to start at 3:00pm on Friday, September 29, 2017. The date change provides relief for several schools who had a conflict with the original Saturday 9/30/2017 date that coincided with the Yom Kippur holiday.

The Order of Races has also changed due to the afternoon start and will feature the following races and start times:

3:00pm - Boys Middle School

3:30pm – Girls Middle School

4:00pm – Boys Junior Varsity

4:40pm – Girls Varsity

5:10pm – Boys Varsity

5:40pm – Girls Junior Varsity

Coaches of teams who are unable to attend the meet and wish to withdraw from the meet are asked to contact Meet Director Peter Anthony directly as soon as possible at 860-402-4251.

Any entry fees already submitted will be returned.

Coaches who are not going to attend the meet must also remove their entries and then remove the meet from the XC Team Calendar in the Athletic.net system.

A reminder for coaches who are planning on having their teams compete at the meet are reminded to ensure that their event entries are completed by the 6:00pm Sunday deadline.

Final Team Entry Reports Posted for 6th Harry Geraghty XC Invite

9/25/2017 - 5:30pm

The final Team Entry reports for the 6th Harry Geraghty XC Invite have been made available on the Meet Reports page for coaches to review.

  1. Do not send any emails for scratching athletes from the meet.
  2. Please address any meet administration questions to: Peter Anthony at Coachanthony1@cox.net or at 860-402-4251. Please include your school name and contact phone number in all correspondence.
  3. High School Coaches - On race day, coaches will run only 7 VARSITY ATHLETES for the Boys and Girls Varsity Races. All other non-varsity high school athletes can run in the JV races. There is no need for a coach to decide who runs in which race until race day since everyone receives a bib number.
  4. Middle school Coaches - Competitors in the Middle School races will be issued race numbers and provided finish results. Standard cross country scoring will determine team places; the first 1-5 runners score for their team while the 6th-7th runners displace other runners on other teams.
  5. Please make sure to make your entry fee payment as soon as possible or bring with you to the meet and deliver to Meet Director Peter Anthony.

Team Entry Reports Posted for 6th Harry Geraghty XC Invite

9/24/2017 - 7:20pm

The initial Team Entry reports for the 6th Harry Geraghty XC Invite have been made available on the Meet Reports page for coaches who have completed their event entries by the entry deadline.

  1. Do not send any emails for scratching athletes from the meet.
  2. Please address any meet entry questions ASAP to Ron Knapp by 5pm on Monday at: ezmeetentry@cs.com . Please include MEET NAME, your school name and contact phone number in all correspondence.
    This includes if you are no longer able to attend the meet due to rescheduling the meet to Friday – 9/29/2017.
  3. Please address any meet administration questions to: Peter Anthony at Coachanthony1@cox.net .Please include your school name and contact phone number in all correspondence.
  4. High School Coaches: On race day, coaches will run only 7 VARSITY ATHLETES for the Boys and Girls Varsity Races. All other non-varsity high school athletes can run in the JV races. There is no need for a coach to decide who runs in which race until race day since everyone receives a bib number.
  5. Middle school Coaches - Competitors in the Middle School races will be issued race numbers and provided finish results. Standard cross country scoring will determine team places; the first 1-5 runners score for their team while the 6th-7th runners displace other runners on other teams.
  6. Please make sure to make your entry fee payment as soon as possible.

Intent to Enter Open for Registration

7/31/2017 10:00am

Connecticut coaches are invited to register their teams for the 6th Harry Geraghty XC Invite starting at 9:00 am on Saturday, September 30, 2017. The meet is now directed by Coach Peter Anthony of South Windsor HS and has been relocated to the Nevers Park XC Course in South Windsor. The meet is open to Connecticut high school age athletes competing with their high school team. Connecticut Middle school coaches are also invited to register their Middle school boys and girls teams in grades 6-7-8.

The meet is limited to the coaches of the first 15 high schools in the small and large school divisions to submit their Intent to Enter form to protect the integrity of the race and runners. All profits go to the Harry Geraghty Scholarship Fund.

Start your meet registration now by submitting your Intent to Enter on the Meet Registration page! 

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