Boys cross country: Weston wins Class M title

James Murphy was first for the Weston High boys cross country team and sixth overall at the state Class M finals on Saturday, Oct. 27. Weston was first with 68 points.—Nancy Hill

After threatening to win one championship the Wesson High boys cross country team made good on an attempt to win another at the state Class M finals.

The Trojans, who remained in contention at the South-West Conference meet before finishing third, not only tightened up their first through fifth runners since then. They moved them up in the field as well, scoring 68 points to place first at Wickham Park in Manchester on Saturday, Oct. 27.

It was Weston’s first state title since 2009 when it won the Class S. championship and its fourth since 2006.

Rocky Hill was runner-up with 86. Ellington was third with 104.

The Trojans had their top five runners finish in a span of 31 seconds, 21 seconds faster than in the SWC meet. Their sixth and seventh runners would have broken into every other team’s top five according to coach Marty Ogden. A combined time of 1:27.18 was the 10th fastest of all of the class meets.

For the second straight race James Murphy led Weston. With a time of 17 minutes, 10 seconds he was sixth overall and one of two Weston runners in the top 12.

Also in the top 12 was Noah Krassin. Taking 11th, he finished in 17:18. Both he and Murphy was named to the All-Class M team.

Next in Weston’s order was Will Glaser, who was 14th in 17:27. Two places and five seconds later was David Stankiewicz.

Completing the scoring for the team, Sam Augustyn was 21st in 17:51.

Matt Proctor was 25th in 18:02. Also in the race was Henry Morris in 29th in 18:12.

By virtue of its finish, Weston also qualified for the State Open race next Sunday, also at Wickham Park.

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