McCormick runs to FCIAC cross country title

Morgan McCormick became the first Wilton High runner to win an FCIAC cross-country title in 12 years, as she pulled away over the final 600 meters to take an impressive victory at Wednesday’s FCIAC championship meet at Waveny Park in New Canaan.
The junior, in only her second season of cross country, completed the 4K course in a time of 14:36.87, beating the runner-up, freshman Zoe Harris of Greenwich, by 17 seconds.
She is the seventh Wilton female runner to win an FCIAC title, the last being Kerri Lyons in 2004.
The Wilton girls had a solid performance, scoring 87 points and coming close to beating out Greenwich for second place. The Cardinals had 79 points. Ridgefield repeated as FCIAC champs with 50 points.
Erika Bonnist was the second Wilton finisher, and 16th overall, in a time of 15:45.39. Next was Elizabeth Healy in 21st place (16:11.48), followed by Emily Welch (24th, 6:15.37), Elizabeth Lynch (28th, 16:18.34), Carly Sullivan (36th, 6:36.52), Nina Mellin (47th, 16:56.17) and Meaghan Downey (53rd, 17:13.98).
Zakeer Ahmad of Staples was the FCIAC boys champ, running the 5K course in a time of 15:49.42. Staples won the team title with 27 points, beating second-place Danbury by 34 points.
The Wilton boys team finished 10th. Sophomore Connor Drake was the team’s top finisher, placing 52nd overall in a time of 18:21.29. He was followed by Luke Maloney (61st, 18:43.68), James Steward (76th, 19:19.09), Flynn Crowther (79th, 19:25.75), Carsten Langholm (85th, 19:56.34), Sean Cunningham (92nd, 20:28.78), Tyler Zengo (93rd, 20:30.02) and Seth Warren (94th, 20:39.66).