Bill Gadus Memorial 5K draws FCIAC runners to Trumbull

Trumbull hosted nearly 40 distance runners from around the FCIAC to compete in honor of Coach Bill Gadus.

Trumbull hosted nearly 40 distance runners from around the FCIAC to compete in honor of Coach Bill Gadus.

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Bill Gadus had a profound influence on Trumbull High distance runners for more than two decades. The former track and cross country coach at Trumbull retired in 2018 and passed away in February at the age of 77.

That’s why current Trumbull head girls outdoor track & field coach Jim McCaffrey came up with the idea of a 5,000-meter track event in Gadus’ honor.

“Coach Gadus was a legend,” McCaffrey said after the Bill Gadus Memorial 5K was held Friday at McDougall Stadium. “When you hear stories about him, each demonstrated that he was a man of passion, perseverance, and heart. He had a way of making each athlete feel loved and relaxed before a big race. He loved the sport and all the athletes who were a part of it.”

Trumbull hosted nearly 40 distance runners from around the FCIAC to compete in honor of Coach Gadus.

Greenwich senior Mari Noble who is headed to Princeton in the fall won the girls race with a time of 17:27.

Trumbull had six runners compete, led by junior Kali Holden who finished second with a time of 18:33. Seniors Ella Consla (19:10), Calyn Carbone (20:05) placed fifth and seventh, respectively. Junior Abigail Poplawski (20:38) and seniors Brenna Asaro (20:50) and Ellie Malin (20:54) also ran well.

Ridgefield senior Charles Namiot won the boys race with a time of 15:19.

Trumbull junior Bronson Vo finished third (15:56).

Trumbull senior Joe Gregory (16:30) finished ninth. Freshman David Carillo (16:46) was 14th. Senior Elliott Bello (17:22) rounded out the Trumbull runners.

McCaffrey said: “When memorializing someone with a race, it is important to pick something that was important to them. And you saw all of the runners, even from different schools, encouraging each other, during the races. Distance running is about collegiality. And that is why you host an event like this. Bill must have been smiling down watching it.”