Greenwich boys, girls cross-country team fare well at FCIAC finals

Greenwich High School runner Andrew Kates competes during Monday's FCIAC championship meet at New Canaan's Waveny Park. — Dave Stewart photo

Greenwich High School runner Andrew Kates competes during Monday’s FCIAC championship meet at New Canaan’s Waveny Park. — Dave Stewart photo

On a gorgeous afternoon at Waveny Park, the Greenwich High School boys and girls cross-country teams competed in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference finals Monday afternoon.

“Overall we did amazing and I thought we did what we had to do,” Greenwich High School head coach Mike McSherry said. “We had fun doing it and that’s the number one thing. I thought we succeeded in that today. We had a great time and posted some great times.”

The Greenwich High girls team finished ninth overall with 265 points, just ahead of Danbury High, who placed 10th overall with 297 points. The overall winner was Staples High School with 37 points. The next closest team was Ridgefield High with 73 points. In third was Darien, as they picked up 81 points. Wilton took fourth overall with 88 points and Fairfield Warde rounded out the top five with 94 points.

The GHS boys team finished the FCIAC finals in 11th place overall, posting 276 points. Big Red just missed out on a top 10 finish, as Wilton took that spot with 267 points. Overall Danbury High edged out the FCIAC boys championship, posting 58 points and just beat Staples, which took second with 59 points. Taking home the bronze was Ridgefield with 87 points and Darien took fourth with 104 points. In fifth and netting 134 points was Fairfield Warde High School.

For Greenwich, no one was faster than Andrew Kates, as the junior made Second Team All-FCIAC by posting a time of 16:38. That was good enough for 21st overall on the boys side. The girls team was led by Sabrina Thurber, as she finished first on the team and 30th overall, posting a time of 16:04.

“They come through in the clutch, just as they always have been doing,” McSherry said. “They really have been training really hard this year and Andy is slowly dropping his time. Overall as a coaching staff, we couldn’t be happier with the way Sabrina and Andy ran today. There was a lot of tough competition and they both navigated through that.”

While Kates was tops for the Greenwich boys team, the next closest finisher for Big Red was Thomas Glover, as he took 46th overall and second on the team with a time of 17:47. Not far behind Glover was senior Sean Clarke, as he finished 59th overall on the day and crossed the finish line with a time of 18:07.

“I was thinking that we could do really well today and I’m proud of how we did,” Kates said. “We had a solid squad today and I was happy that I could get some low points for the team and get second All-FCIAC. It was great weather today and the competition was tough. There were some serious times that were put up. We have a solid team and we are growing. We had some freshmen that did some really nice things in their race.”

Not far behind Thuber on the GHS girls team was Jenny Goggin, as she completed the course in 52nd place overall and second on the Lady Cardinals with a time of 16:58.

“This season our team has had some pretty rough patches because some of the girls have been injured,” Goggin said. “However it really gave the underclassmen a chance to prove what they’re made of. The coaches have been doing a really good job of pushing us to go as far as we can. Overall I thought we did a really good job and we have come a long way since the first meet. I felt pretty good. I always think I can do better, but I had a good kick at the end and I’m proud of that.”

Only seven spots away from Goggin was Alice Pehrson, as she took home a time of 17:14, which was good enough for third on the team and 59th overall.

To find out more GHS finishers that competed in the FCIAC championship, as well as to read more quotes about the event, check out Thursday’s Greenwich Post.

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