There are some question marks for the Wilton High cross country team as it opens the 2017 season today, but there is little doubt about the strength at the top of the Warriors\u2019 lineup. Morgan McCormick, a senior, is coming off the best\u00a0season ever by a Wilton runner, becoming the first Warrior to ever win all three big post-season titles in the same year \u2014 FCIAC, Class L and State Open. In the process, she set new team-record times for the FCIAC championship course and state championship course. She is Wilton\u2019s first State Open champ, and only the third class state champ. After McCormick, the team\u2019s top returner is junior Emily Welch, who peaked at the end of the season last year to finish 10th at the Class L meet. She was the team\u2019s second finisher at both the Class L and State Open meets. The success of the team, however, will be determined by the next five runners. \u201cI expect they will give us a pretty strong one-two punch,\u201d said head coach Jeff Gee of McCormick and Welch. \u201cIt\u2019s just a question of our three to seven runners, how strong we are.\u201d The Warriors lost several important seniors from last year\u2019s team, which was third at FCIACs and second in Class L, in Erika Bonnist, Elizabeth Healy, Nina Mellin and Meaghan Downey. Two other top-seven runners \u2014 senior Elizabeth Lynch and junior Carly Sullivan \u2014 provide the team with a solid nucleus. Lynch, who consistently finished among the team\u2019s top four last year, is a tri-captain along with McCormick and Emma Westerholm. \u201cWe had a pretty solid group of seniors last year. This year we\u2019re going to be counting on some younger people,\u201d said Gee. One runner who has stepped up so far is returning sophomore Paul Perez, while returning \u00a0junior Hannah Bracken has run well in the preseason, too. Seniors Westerholm, Erin Sweeney, Devin Moore and Jessica Highland, and juniors Ashleigh Hawthorne, Caroline Denneen, Margaret Fiesel and Eliza Snyder, are also runners who are looking to score points. \u201cAll of these people have a reasonable chance to contribute,\u201d said Gee. Key newcomers are sophomore Patricia Dineen and freshmen Claire Kedzierski and Hailey Looney. Coach Gee said he was \u201ccautiously hopeful\u201d about the team\u2019s chances, although it will be tough for Wilton to catch league favorites Greenwich, Danbury and Ridgefield. He said today's\u00a0opening meet at Staples would give the team a better idea of where it stood, as the Wreckers expect to also be strong this season.