Cross country: Wilton girls close in on division title

Despite losing to Trumbull, Wilton High girls cross country coach Jeff Gee said Tuesday’s race at home was “a very successful meet on a number of levels.”

By beating New Canaan, the Warriors are a step closer to winning their second straight East Division title, and 16th overall.

“Our goal was to beat New Canaan and put ourselves in position to win the division, and the girls came through very well," said Gee, whose team still will need to beat Darien in next Tuesday's regular-season finale at Greenwich.

The Wilton girls (9-3) beat New Canaan, 22-35, and Trinity Catholic, 15-50, but lost to Trumbull, 23-34.

Leading the way was Morgan McCormick, who finished first overall in a time of 14:11.04 for the 2.5-mile course at Allen’s Meadow. The defending FCIAC and State Open champ beat runnerup Meredith Bloss of Guilford by nearly a minute.

The Warriors got another solid performance from their 2-3-4 runners, with Eliza Snyder finishing ninth overall (16:28.43), Emily Welch placing 10th (16:30.4) and Paula Perez Pelaez taking 11th (16:33.69).

“They’ve been getting better and better over the course of the season,” said Gee.

Elizabeth Lynch was the team’s fifth scorer, taking 28th overall in 17:41.82. Rounding out the team’s top seven were Carly Sullivan (29th, 17:58.01) and Caleigh McMorris (34th,18:10.69).

The Wilton boys (6-6) scored a win over Trinity, 15-50, but lost to New Canaan, 15-49, and Trumbull, 15-50.

Tyler Zengo was Wilton’s top finisher, placing 15th in a time of  18:12.37 for the 5K course. He was followed by Davis Cote (19th, 18:25.99), Nicholas Ivanov (24th, 18:39.35), Sam Rosen (29th, 18:47.72),  Flynn Crowther  (30th, 18:48.66),  Luke Maloney (32nd, 18:52.82) and Ryan Healey  (35th, 19:06.21) to round out the team’s top seven.