- Coach: Sean Mahon (6th year)
- Record: 41-13
- Last year: 9-0; SCC Housatonic Division Champions
- Captains: Melissa Taggart, Katie Dunleavy, Aleya Mahler.
- Emily Criscuolo
- Melissa Taggart
- Nicole Feng
- Amanda Granados
- Charlotte Gorham
- Natalie Iwaszkiewicz
Lisa Gorham and Grace Leyden.
Amity returns a solid core, led by junior Emily Criscuolo, who finished fourth at the Southern Connecticut Conference Championships last fall. Senior co-captain Melissa Taggart is coming off a strong track season and is primed for a breakout season on the trails.
Coupled with a promising freshmen group, Amity should be in the hunt for the Housatonic Divisional title and make a push at the SCC crown as well.
- Coach: Kevin Connell (22 years)
- Last year: 8-1, SCC Oronoque champions, 3rd at Class MM
- Captains: Sophia Angelo, Cyrene Nicholas and Anneliese Troidle.
- Cyrene Nicholas
- Courtney Cosgrove
- Anneliese Troidle
- Sophie Angelo
- Sophie Spencer
- Claira Janover
- Kendall Simmons
Branford returns a veteran group that has been together for awhile, including the 2013 Class MM state title run.
After placing third last year at the state championships, the Hornets will look to get back to the podium. Branford will be led by senior co-captain Cyrene Nicholas who was a top 25 finisher at the State Open last fall.
With experience, Branford should be a contender in the SCC and state.
- Coach: Rob Schaefer
- Last year: Placed fourth at SCCs
- Captains: TBD
- Lauren Daddi
- Rachel Kaplan
- Camille Lewis
Liz Cunningham and Calli Parlier (moved out of town)
It will be another young year for Cheshire. The Rams return sophomore Lauren Daddi, an All-Area Register pick last fall and the top freshman in the state. But lose Calli Parlier, who was another rising sophomore.
Cheshire will lean on a mix of youth and some experience this season and see what happens. Senior Lauren Votto and sophomores Camille Bisson and Brenna Clark could emerge as threats as well as top freshmen prospects Amanda Adesso and Emily Longmore.
- Coach: Jim Ford (38th year)
- Last year: Third at SCC Championships, fourth at Class MM
- Captains: Evelyn Ferrall and Amy Puchini.
- Evelyn Ferrall
- Amy Puchini
- Claire Kenna
Kirsten Morro and Sydney Stofflet.
Guilford only returns two runners with varsity experience this season from a squad that finished third at the SCC Championships last fall.
For the Indians to be competitive this year, many younger athletes will have to step up.
Senior co-captain Evelyn Ferrall is the top returner for Guilford as she was a top 15 finisher at the conference and top 30 at the state meet last fall.
- Coach: Shannon Ramsey (3rd year)
- Last year: 12-6
- Captains: Erin Dillman.
- Lily Stiffler
- Hannah Pouliot
- Kiersten Conner
- Erin Dillman
- Allison Jezierny
- Genevieve Jaser
Captain Priyanka Srivastava.
It’s been a steady uphill climb for Foran since head coach Shannon Ramsey took over three years ago. Last season saw a massive improvement from a single-digit win season.
This fall the Lions have retained their strongest runners, so the program will hopefully continue to improve and look to break their SCC league record of 2-2 and be competitive among the top-tier teams in the conference.
Along with the wins, Ramsey said she’s hoping to push her fastest runner to a consistent 20 minute 5K and looking to find a solid sixth and seventh runner to round out the varsity.
- Coach: Kim Driscoll (1st year)
- Last year: Finished 16th at SCC Championships.
- Captains: Maddie Peloso and Lily Reed
- Coach: Kate Schumann (2nd year)
- Last year: 9-0, SCC Champions, Class L runner-up, fourth at State Open.
- Captains: Mackenzie Pias, Madison Piel
- Mackenzie Pias
- Bridgid Selfors
- Sarah Kohs
- Elise Hallstead-Williams
- Catie LoBianco
- Madison Piel
- Melanie Cirillo
- Brittany Hall
Talia Staiger, Hannah Albert.
Mercy enters the 2015 season as the two-time defending Southern Connecticut Conference champions. And if they the Tigers stay healthy and motivated, a third consecutive title is easily in reach.
Mercy will look to replace three of the starting varsity seven from last season, but do return senior co-captain Mackenzie Pias, who is the reigning SCC individual champ, and junior Bridgid Selfors, who finished third at SCCs last year.
With an experienced and talented squad – many of whom were part of the SCC and Class L state outdoor track title run – a deep run into the championship season is realistic.
- Coach: Carrie Palange (21 years)
- Last year: 3-9.
- Captains: Francesca Amarone.
- Amanda Adonna
- Alyssa Alchimio
- Francesca Amarone
- Amy Thai
Three years ago Sheehan had five runners total on the team. Flash forward to the start of the 2015 season and the Titans have 16 runners, nine of which are new.
Head coach Carrie Palange said the numbers alone give the season a positive vibe. It will be a young but optimistic and enthusiastic team. Palange said this fall will be a good building season for the team moving forward.
- Coach: Katelyn Tucker (5th year)
- Last year: Finished in ninth place at the Southern Connecticut Conference and 20th at Class LL.
- Captains: Seniors Courtney Russo and Ginny Lewis.
- Courtney Russo
- Ginny Lewis
- Kayla Sekelsky
- Sam Widomski
- Mariam Dobosz
- Anna Weissenberg
- Catie Lindberg
- Claire Santa
Senior captain Johnna Bakalar
Shelton’s roster will be a mix of youth and experience this fall, and that’s a good thing. Head coach Katelyn Tucker said she’s really excited for the freshmen to work with the upper classmen and see what kind of results can transpire.
Shelton, which finished ninth at the Southern Connecticut Conference Championships, will be led by senior co-captain Ginny Lewis who was a top 25 finisher last fall.
Tucker said she’s looking at some of the veterans to make good progress this season and is excited after a solid summer of work.
- Coach: Travis Gale (3rd year)
- Last year: 7-2.
- Captains: TBD.
- Danae Rivers
- Leah Rivers
- SungMi Johnson
- Zaira Ramirez
Wilbur Cross is very young but will have great leadership from the seniors to assistant with racing strategies and building the team, according to head coach Travis Gale.
Cross will be led by track standout Danae Rivers, who enters her final season on the trails. She finished in second place at the SCC Championships, while sister Leah Rivers was a top 25 finisher as well.
- Information provided from coaches. This preview section will be updated as we receive forms back.