The first week of cross country is officially in the books!
Here’s a quick look back at some of the top times/performances, what we learned from the invitations this past weekend and what’s coming up!
It’s still way early in the season to be producing any crazy fast times, but we did see some great performances in Week 1.
Darien senior Alex Ostberg ran 14.59 last week and set a course record (2.8 miles) at Beardsley Park in Bridgeport. On the girls’ side, Darien senior Anne Johnston did the same thing winning in 16:47.
Glastonbury’s Randy Neish turned in a 15:36 time at Wethersfield to win on the 2.9 miles course.
In the Southern Connecticut Conference, Xavier looked strong early winning the Mercy Invitational with John O’Hara (17:09.4) placing second on the 3.1 mile course.
At the West Beach Invite (2.8 miles) Guilford’s Ben Siciliano (15:33) captured first, as Hamden won the team title.
On the girls’ side, Mercy, the defending SCC champs, looked great in winning their own invitation (3.1 miles) as Mackenzie Pias (19:25.2) led the way with a first place showing.
At the West Beach, Amity sophomore Emily Criscuolo (13:52) edged out Maddie Brandon of Haddam-Killingworth (14:00) for first.
The two big invitationals this weekend, Wilton and Windham, produced some solid times.
The Amity boys had a great early season showing here. Sophomore Kyle Beaudette captured second place overall (15:34) as the Spartans edged out Staples for the team title in large schools.
Wilton’s Spencer Brown captured the individual title (15:32)as Wilton placed second in the small schools.
For the girls, Gabrielle Richichi of New Fairfield (13:59) won the individual title as Glastonbury won the team title.
At Windham, Dan Schumacher of Naugatuck (15:41) won, while Glastonbury captured the team title.
On the girls’ side, Caitlin Swanson led a strong performance from Tolland as they claimed four of the top five spots to win the team crown.
A big early season SCC meet on Tuesday pins Branford’s Luke Arsenault vs Guilford’s Ben Sciliano. The two finished 7-8 at Windham this past weekend.
On Saturday, the 34th Stratton Brook Invitational will take place with a good amount of teams competing.