Super start for Wilton High skiers

As far as season openers go, this one was nearly perfect.

The Wilton High boys and girls ski teams both swept their head-to-head opponents in the first race of the year last Thursday at Mt. Southington.

The WHS boys team was also first overall among the 12 teams competing, while the WHS girls were second only to Joel Barlow.

“It was a dream start,” said Wilton head coach Rob Perry. “We were thrilled.”

The Wilton boys had a team time of 286.68 seconds to defeat Weston (291.74), Fairfield Prep (293.36), Amity (323.77), Guilford (332.27) and Danbury (367.79).

The Warriors (5-0) placed three skiers in the top-10 overall and five in the top 15.

Junior Roger Hueglin led the way, finishing fifth overall in a two-run combined time of 46.57 seconds.

Sophomore Will Howard was seventh overall (46.96), and senior captain Sean Roberts was eighth (47.02).

Senior John Williams finished 14th (48.06) and senior captain Wyatt Lillie was 15th (48.16).

Senior Tristen Haas also contributed to Wilton’s team time with a 26th-place overall finish in a time of 49.96.

“Having three skiers in the top eight and five in the top 15 is killer,” said Perry. “We should have a very good season if we keep that type of balance going.”

Meanwhile, the Wilton girls had a team time of 309.86 seconds to beat Weston (313.52), Guilford (330.62) and Amity (359.20).

The Warriors (3-0) had two skiers in the top-10 overall and five in the top 16.

In her first high school race, freshman Haley Howard paced Wilton with a seventh-place overall finish in a two-run combined time of 49.47 seconds.

Junior captain Angele Poirier was eighth overall (49.86), followed by freshman Genevieve Poirier (14th, 51.21), senior captain Emily Friedman (15th, 51.74), sophomore CC Babchak (16th, 51.98) and freshman Emma Fortunato (33rd, 55.50).

“Three of our top-six were freshmen,” said Perry. “That bodes well for this season and beyond.”

Although it was just the first race of the season, Perry came away impressed and encouraged.

“There is a long way to go, but I think we can be one of the best in the conference and the state on both the boys’ and girls’ sides,” he said. “I was very pleased with how well we did and how strong we looked.”

Notes: Senior Paige Wallace is the other captain for the Wilton girls team.

The Joel Barlow girls team had a time of 308.12 to edge Wilton by less than two seconds. Barlow and Wilton were not competing against one another.

Freshman Josh Reed was eighth for the WHS boys and 55th overall, giving the two Wilton squads a total of four ninth graders who factored in the team times.

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