Wilton teams win two of three
The only thing stopping the Wilton boys and girls cross country teams from an opening-day sweep was Ridgefield.
Both Wilton teams defeated Fairfield Warde and Stamford in Monday’s meet but were unable to get past the host Tigers.
The Wilton boys came closest, losing 28-29 in their head-to-head race against Ridgefield. The Warriors beat Warde, 25-34, and Stamford, 19-40.
Wilton had three of the top-six individual finishers. Davis Cote was third overall in a time of 14 minutes, 1.55 seconds for the 4,000-meter course, followed by Nick Ivanov in fourth place (14:07.46) and Ben Leung in sixth place (14:16.26).
Malcolm McCormick (11th, 14:30.03) and Matt Ferrante (18th, 15:14.23) also contributed to Wilton’s team score.
The Warriors’ sixth and seventh runners were also in the top 20, as Dhruv Rokkam finished 19th (15:23.16) and Ryan Healey was 20th (15:24.18).
The Wilton girls team got victories over Warde (22-35) and Stamford (15-50) but lost to Ridgefield (18-43).
Patricia Dineen led the Warriors with a third-place overall finish in a time of 15:52.73 for the 4K course.
Teammate Emily Mrakovic added an eighth-place overall finish in 16:16.55.
Paula Perez Pelaez (12th, 16:37.19), Ryann Wauthier (16th, 16:40.06), and Peyton Gildersleeve (17th, 16:46.11) also factored in Wilton’s team score, while sixth runner Claire Kedzierski finished 2oth overall in 16:56.91.
Notes: Fairfield Warde’s Gregory Vogt was first overall in the boys’ race with a time of 13:22.91. He was nearly 37 seconds faster than runner-up Jon-Paul Karpf of Ridgefield, who was second in 13:59.06.
Ridgefield had the top-two finishers in the girls’ race as Tess Pisanelli was first (15:41.53) and Katie Rector second (15:42.11).
The Ridgefield girls placed their five scoring runners in the top-seven overall.