Greenwich High boys, girls X-C teams battle at FCIAC finals

The Greenwich High School boys and girls cross-country teams headed up to New Canaan yesterday for competition in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship meet.

During the finals, held at Waveny Park, the Big Red boys team took sixth overall, finishing the five-kilometer course with 222 points. Ridgefield won the championship, netting an impressive 27 points. The next closest team was Darien, who took second with 59 points. Staples High School grabbed the bronze with 91 points and Danbury took fourth on the day with 99 points.

On the girls side, the Lady Cardinals finished the  four-kilometer course eighth overall and grabbed 231 points, 10 points away from seventh-place Trumbull High School. Greenwich was nearly 20 points better than Danbury, who finished ninth overall with 249 points. Ridgefield grabbed the gold with 52 points and just beat out Staples, which took second overall with 57 points. Wilton rounded out the top three with 74 points.

Despite the strong showing from his teams at FCIACs, Greenwich boys and girls head coach Mike McSherry believed his teams could have fared a little better.

“It was hot, but we are usually ready for events like this,” McSherry said. “We train really hard. They are usually set and ready to go for days like this, but today we were a little off. We were flat. We are going to take this meet and just move on and look forward to states.”

For Greenwich, nobody had a better finish than sophomore Amy Wyle, who took 15th place overall and was the first GHS girls athlete to cross the finish line, posting a time of 15:42.

“I think I did well today,” Wyle said. “I was really tired by the end. I felt really good when I crossed the finish line, but it was a lot of hard work. The hills were really long and the warm weather made it a little tough. The hardest thing was the finishing because I put a lot into the whole course and then by the end you have to sprint to try and beat girls.”

Greenwich’s top male runner was senior Mark Jarombek, who crossed the finish line 24th overall and netted a time of 16:58.

“It was definitely a hot one today and something that we aren’t used to,” Jarombek said. “The past couple of weeks it’s been a lot cooler, so I think the warm weather definitely hurt some of our guys. It was a tough competition today as well because everybody seems to rise to the occasion at FCIACs.”

“I thought Mark was strong like always and he’s a guy that we can rely on all the time,” McSherry said. “Amy is an amazing sophomore and did a great job through the course.”

Other Greenwich boys had a solid afternoon. Sophomore Andrew Kates took 44th overall and was second for the GHS boys cross-country team, grabbing a time of 17:39. Just missing out on a top 50 finish was senior Spencer Helmrich, who finished 51st overall with a time of 17:47.

Not far behind was fellow senior Thomas Glover, who grabbed 55th overall and a time of 17:57. Rounding out the top five finishers for Greenwich was junior Sean Clarke, who finished 62nd on the day and took home a time of 18:15.

In addition to Wyle, other members of the GHS girls cross-country team fared well. Second on the team and 58th overall was junior Daryl Kennedy, who posted a time of 17:06. Right behind her was freshman Sarah Callahan, who grabbed 59th overall with a time of 17:07.

Senior Kona Jitsumo cracked the top 70 by posting a time of 17:23 and that was good enough for 66th on the afternoon. Rounding out the top five was junior Emily Hunt, who crossed the finish line 71st overall with a time of 17:39.

To read more on the FCIAC championship, including more photos, quotes and results, check out Thursday’s Greenwich Post.


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