Lynch, Hoelzl lead Wilton runners at FCIACs

Although neither won a team title, the Wilton High boys and girls cross country teams did have two of the top individual runners at Wednesday's FCIAC championship meet at Waveny Park in New Canaan.

A runner-up finish by Mary Lynch led the Wilton girls to third place in the team standings, while a seventh-place effort from Justin Hoelzl helped the Wilton boys finish seventh.

[The boys and girls varsity, junior varsity and freshmen FCIAC meets were shown live as pay-per-view events on the HAN Network and will be available on-demand for free beginning Sunday by clicking here.]

Lynch had a time of 14:45 to finish second behind Staples' Hannah DeBalsi, who won her third straight conference title by covering the 4,000 meters in 14:05.

Wilton's second runner, Morgan McCormick, was 11th overall in 15:29. Also contributing to Wilton's point total were Meaghan Downey (21st, 16:01), Erika Bonnist (23rd, 16:05) and Lilla Seymour (33rd, 16:23).

Close behind Seymour were Wilton teammates Elizabeth Lynch (35th, 16:27) and Nina Mellin (36th, 16:28).

The Warriors had 90 points to place third in the team standings behind Ridgefield (33 points) and defending champ Staples (70 points). Ridgefield's title was its fourth in the last five years.

Hoelzl had a time of 15:52 to finish fourth in the boys individual standings. Eric Van der Els of Brien McMahon was first in 15:24, followed by Ridgefield's Gabe Altopp (15:39) and Fairfield Warde's William Brisman (15:47).

Aaron Breene added a 12th-place finish for Wilton in a time of 16:18. Connor Drake (65th, 18:10), Patrick Moore (71st, 18:26) and Flynn Crowther (83rd, 18:54) also contributed to the team scoring as the Warriors were seventh with 225 points.

Danbury was first with 71 points, followed by Staples (74) and Fairfield Warde (99).

For complete results, click here.