A wider than usual gap did not detract the Weston High boys cross country team in its meet against New Fairfield.
The Trojans had a span of one minute, 18 seconds between their first and fifth runners last Tuesday, Sept. 25. Yet such was still good enough to withstand the threat as they held off their opponent 26-29 to remain unbeaten in the South-West Conference.
The meet ended up being a sweep for Weston, which easily defeated host Oxford 15-44 and Masuk 19-44. It is now 9-0 overall.
New Fairfield did have the fastest runner as Zach Anderson finished in 17:16, setting a new course record. Weston front-runner David Stankiewicz was not far behind him, only by four seconds to take the No. 2 spot.
Weston had four other finishers in the top 10 to help seal the win. Taking fifth, Noah Krassin finished in 17:54.
Right behind him and also breaking the 18-minute mark, James Murphy finished in 17:58. Will Glaser was eighth in 18:34.
Completing the scoring for the team, Sam Augustyn was ninth two seconds later.
Also in the varsity race, Mike Aaron was 16th in 19:11. Henry Morris followed in 19:23 one spot later to round out Weston’s top seven.
Aside from its success in the SWC so far this season Weston held up well against some non-league opponents at the Winding Trails Invitational on Saturday in Farmington. Competing in the small schools division, it was the winner out of 12 teams with a score of 62.
Nonnewaug was second with 75 and Ellington took third with 95.
The Trojans’ order of finishers changed a bit from their previous race. It also closed its one through five gap by more than 50 seconds.
Murphy led the team and was eighth overall in 16:49.2. Glaser was two places later in 17:01.7.
Stankiewicz ran a 17:08.7 to take 12th and Krassin was next in 17:28.7 (15th). Exactly one second and two places later was Augustyn to compete the scoring for the team.
Aaron was sixth in the order again and 25th overall in 18:01.9. Morris was two places later and finished in 18:09.7
Weston visits Pomperaug and also takes on Stratford and Kolbe-Cathedral in its final regular-season meet on Tuesday.