Last weekend was full of big events for teams across the state, the final tune-ups before the conference championships begin next week. The Wickham Park Invitational drew many of the top squads in the state, while other teams left Connecticut for their competitive race.
Conferences complete their dual-meet season this week.
Conference meets up next
The CCC begins the postseason on Tuesday with their conference meet at Wickham Park, the site of last weekend’s Wickham Invitational. The top conference in the state this year could produce a number of individual and team champions at the class meets; the extra week at Wickham will only aid in their cause.
The SWC and FCIAC meets will follow at Bethel High and Waveny Park in New Canaan, respectively. Kate Wiser and Eli Nahom are the defending race winners and both return, while there will be new champs crowned in the FCIAC.
The Immaculate and Pomperaug girls teams ran to a virtual tie in their race during the regular season — the Mustangs won on a tie breaker. New Milford and New Fairfield are also strong squads. The Panthers boys team posted a perfect record in meets.
A lack of a dominant runner in the FCIAC opens up the boys race, Danbury coach Rob Murray said.
“There’s not one dominant runner in the league,” Murray said. “It could be any one of 10-15 guys which is unique. You’ve always had one or two big time studs in our conference but I don’t see that this year.”
Tolland’s boys team is coming off an impressive performance at the Wickham Park Invitational. The lowest-scoring team in Connecticut finished second overall, only behind Concord (Mass.). The Eagles picked up a first-place vote in the latest MySportsResults/soundRunner Top 10 Poll.
Stephen Sutton led Tolland at Wickham Park by finishing 10th; Nathan Paolangeli, Alec Sauter, Jacob Gerow and Killian McNamee lead the No. 2 ranked group.
Glastonbury’s girls team — which was ranked No. 1 in the state preseason poll — turned in a solid performance to win the race. The defending Class LL and State Open champions are led by four strong seniors — Angela Braga, Grace Sparrow, Julia Wilcox and Kacey Malz — and a pair of fast sophomores in Casey MacElhiney and Kelly Queen.
Miller Anderson, Hall: Ran a 16:04 to just edge Gavin Sherry at the Wickham Invite.
Gavin Sherry, Conard: Returned the favor at a dual meet against Anderson, edging the senior by eight seconds. Sherry won in 15:55.
Malcolm Going, Danbury: Finished 10th at the New Balance Shore Coaches Invitational, a competitive meet that took place in New Jersey last weekend.
Jenna Zydanowicz, Hall: The junior won the Wickham Park Invite in 18:45, close to a minute ahead of the competition.
Gabriella Viggiano, Ridgefield: Ran a 14:58.90 to win a meet against Trumbull, Ludlowe and New Canaan. The Tigers finished the season 14-1.