Ignatov leads Trumbull to title

Completing a successful first year of cross country, the Trumbull High freshman finished first in the Fairfield Prep Freshman Invitational on Thursday.

Leading the field overall over the 4000-meter course for the Eagles was Alex Ignatov with a time of 14:42.

Ignatov moved into second at the halfway point of the race and slowly caught up to the lead runner from Fairfield Prep passing him with 150 meters to go to win by five seconds.

Like Ignatov, the rest of the team had strong finishes passing rival runners in the home stretch, keying the team to victory.

Trumbull totaled 49 points, ahead of second-place Staples of Westport with 63 and Darien with 71 points.

“This was a great team effort,” coach Bill Gadus said. “We had a terrific freshmen group this fall with 19 runners.

“They worked hard all season and saved the best for last in the meet at Fairfield.

“We have finished the freshman season each year for the last decade at this meet, and this is the first time we have won.

“I am very happy that the hard work paid off for the team.”

In addition to Ignatov’s performance, Trumbull received outstanding efforts from Jake Duncan fourth-place overall in 15:05, Dean Martel seventh in 15:19, Mitch Vecchione 18th in 15:55 and Mike Devito 19th in 16:07.

Rounding out the team’s top ten runners were Eddie Giovannini 30th, Jack Tinker 33rd, Max Scott 34th, Pat Carroll 38th and Philip Stickle 39th.

Overall 18 Trumbull runners completed the course.

“These boys should be very proud of what they accomplished,” coach Jeff Klein said.

“They worked very well together throughout the fall and were focused on putting it together as a team in the final race of the season.

“Their energy and enthusiasm was excellent and bodes well for the future.”