Cross country: Wilton girls ready for FCIAC meet

After sweeping its final dual meet on Tuesday, the Wilton High girls cross country team will enter the post-season with improved expectations.

The Warriors defeated Darien, 24-31, Greenwich, 17-45, and Norwalk, 15-48, to end the regular season with a 15-3 record. Wilton starts the post-season next Thursday at the FCIAC championships in New Canaan.

“We seem to be getting stronger every meet,” said Wilton head coach Jeff Gee. “Staples is clearly the favorite (for the FCIAC meet, and Fairfield Warde and Ridgefield are probably next, but I think we have closed the gap on those two.”

In Tuesday’s meet at Tod’s Point in Greenwich, Wilton placed its five scoring runners in the top-10 overall.

Sarah Healy led the Warriors with a second-place overall finish in a time of 16:17 for the 2.6-mile course. Mary Lynch was third (16:25) and Olivia Bernardini fourth (16:44) for Wilton.

Keiley Gaston (17:10) and Larkin Brown (17:29) completed the Wilton scoring by placing seventh and 10th, respectively.

“Keiley is running better, and that was a real good finish from Larkin Brown,” said Gee. “That was her best race of the season so far.”

Freshmen Meghan Downey (13th, 17:43) and Emma Snyder (15th, 17:54) were also in the top-15 overall for the Warriors.

“We had three freshmen (Bernardini, Downey and Snyder) in our top seven,” said Gee. “That is a good sign.”

Meanwhile, the Wilton High boys team completed its dual-meet season by going 1-2 on Tuesday. The Warriors bested Norwalk, 25-31, but fell to Darien, 20-43, and Greenwich, 24-33.

Wilton ended the regular season  with a 10-8 record.

Junior Spencer Brown remained undefeated this season by finishing first overall for Wilton in a time of 15:54 for the 2.9-mile course.

But Brown was the only Warrior runner in the top-10 overall. Justin Hoelzl (16:44) finished 15th, followed by Nathan Briglin (16:54) in 17th place, Kristian Langholm (17:15) in 23rd place, and Sam Kozakewicz (17:54) in 33rd place.