It would take more than a good performance on the part of the Weston High boys cross country team for it to have a shot at the South-West Conference championship.
Favorite Newtown would need to have an off day last Thursday, Oct. 18. Although Weston had an outside shot to catch its opponent it finished third overall with 106 points at Bethel High.
The Nighthawks would take the team title with 57, dethroning 11-time defending champ New Milford, which was runner up with 65.
“We ran OK,” said Weston coach Marty Ogden. “I don’t think we could’ve gotten them.”
Brookfield also finished with 106 points but was fourth based on a higher finish by Weston’s sixth runner. A year ago the Trojans finished fourth behind Pomperaug based on this rule.
The field was a fast one. Weston had only one runner finish in the top 12 and earning All-SWC recognition.
That was James Murphy. Often Weston’s No. 3 runner during the season, he led the team and was 11th overall in 17 minutes, 11,16 seconds, 0.64 second ahead of Brookfield’s Parker Timmerman.
The Trojans did have three other runners in the top 24, earning All-SWC second team status. Finishing 18th, Will Glaser came in at 17:20,71, 0.36 second after New Milford’s Jay Humphreys.
Two places later was Weston’s Noah Krassin, who was 0.53 second after Pomperaug’s Evan Oemcke.
“We knew we’d be one of the top contenders,” said the senior and captain. “We’ve been doing the most amount of work Weston’s ever done.”
Classmate and captain David Stankiewcz also made the All-SWC second team. With a time of 17:46.18, he was 24th.
Completing the scoring for the team, Matt Proctor was 33rd in 18:03.13.
The Trojans needed to have their sixth runner beat Brookfield’s sixth to secure third place as a team. Henry Morris came through with an 18:10.34. Right behind him was teammate Sam Augustyn in 18:18.41 to complete the Weston slate of runners.
“I’m proud of the guys,” said Ogden. “They ran well.”
Weston will next compete in the state Class M finals on Saturday at Wickham Park in Manchester.