A small gap between its first and second runners put the Weston High boys cross country team at risk in its meet against Newtown.
The Trojans had only a 22-second span between their top two last Tuesday, Oct. 2. Such was enough for Newtown to have three cross the line, putting it in good shape for a 24-32 win in a battle of undefeated teams in the rain.
“Nothing we could have done would have changed the results of today’s meet, but championship meets are a totally different ball game,” said Weston coach Marty Ogden, looking ahead to the South-West Conference finals. “Newtown will go into the championship as the favorite but our No. 6 beat Newtown’s No. 5.”
Weston had more than enough speed to beat host Joel Barlow 21-36 and with the win all but secured first place in the Patriot Division of the SWC.
For only the second time this season the Trojans did not have a runner in the top two places. Those went to Newtown’s Jake Feinstein and Logan Fulton of Barlow, who were winner and runner-up respectively in last year’s SWC finals.
David Stankiewicz led the Trojans with a third-place time of 16 minutes, 55 seconds on the 5,000-meter course. Although the Trojans would not have to wait long before their next runner came in, Newtown had a fast pack, taking the fourth through sixth spots to get the upper hand.
Remaining in contention, the Trojans claimed the next three spots, starting with James Murphy taking seventh in 17:17. Will Glaser followed in 17:39 and Noah Krassin was ninth four seconds later.
Matt Proctor completed the scoring for Weston in 17:55 to take 11th and Henry Morris kept its chances for victory alive with a 13th-place time of 18:11. But when the Nighthawks’ Rob Russo followed one place and one second later they had secured the win.
Weston, now 11-1 overall, finishes the regular season this week.