Boys cross country: Weston is 13th at State Open

West0n High’s David Stankiewicz (center) and Noah Krassin (right) were 87th and 129th respectively at the State Open boys cross country finals on Sunday at Wickham Park in Manchester. Weston was 13th as a team with 313 points to end the season.—Rocco Paul Valluzzo file photo

It make not have broken into the top 10 overall but the Weston High boys cross country team accomplished something else for its efforts at the State Open championship.

The Trojans’ times were a little slower than usual. But such was the same for most of the competition as the Trojans placed 13th out of 20 teams with 313 points at Wickham Park in Manchester on Sunday, No. 11.

It was Weston’s third-best performance at the race and first appearance since 2009 when it finished tied for ninth.

“We may have been a little off this week,” said Weston coach Marty Ogden, whose team won the state Class M championship eight days earlier. “But if 13th in the entire state is an off day I’ll take it.”

New Milford, which was runner-up in the state Class LL race, was the winner this time with 112. Xavier of Middletown was runner-up with 147 and South-West Conference champ Newtown was third with 163.

“We were pretty steady all season,” said Ogden. “This was an indication of where we were.”

The race was a duel between Henry Wynne of Staples and Jake Feinstein of Newtown before the former opened up a sizable gap in the finals stages.

Weston’s fastest time came from James Murphy. He was one of three runner to finish in 17 minutes, 27 seconds, taking 64th just behind Hall’s Christopher Ahlquis and Amity’s Brian Dunleavy and ahead of three runners who all finished a second later.

It was also a close finish for Matt Proctor. With a 17:34, he was 84th, just behind Darien’s Peter Kreuch, who had the same time.

Three places later came teammate Noah Krassin. He would take 87th in 17:35, just behind Ellington’s Spencer Lable and Danbury’s James Quintanilla.

Will Glaser  was 114th in 17:55, just after Old Lyme’s Ross Golebiewski. Completing the scoring for Weston, David Stankiewicz was 129th in 18:06, just behind Capital Prep’s Kevin Rivera.

Sam Augustyn was one of three runners to finish in 18:08. This put him 133rd behind Haddam-Killingworth’s Colin O’Brien and Fairfield-Warde’s Henry Minot. Also in the varsity race, Henry Morris was 141st in 18:14, which was also recorded by Haddam-Killingwoth’s Luke Gersz, who was 140th.

Such marked the final high school cross country race for Krassin, Glaser and Stankiewicz, who will graduate next spring.

“I cant be more proud of what this class has accomplished,” said Ogden. “They really stuck with it. They showed dedication, discipline and long-term commitment.”

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