Cross country: Trumbull program shines at FCIAC meet

Charlie Taubl placed third at the FCIAC championships.
Charlie Taubl placed third at the FCIAC championships.

After finishing the regular season with a 12-3 league record, the Trumbull High boys cross country team was hoping for some strong finishes at the league championship meet at Wickham Park in New Canaan.

They were not disappointed, as the team had a strong showing at the FCIAC Championship meet, taking third in the Varsity race, third in the JV race and first in the freshman race.

“All of runners had impressive results with our best finishes in a very long time in all three races,” coach Jeff Klein said.

The varsity was led by senior Charlie Taubl, who raced near the lead throughout, before ending up in seventh overall, only a few seconds out of second place. Taubl earned first-team All-FCIAC honors for the second year in a row.

Junior Tyler Rubush placed 16th, senior Tyler Gleen placed 21st, sophomore Chris Alegi 26th and senior Trevor Rochelle rounded out the team’s scorers in 27th. All four of them earned second-team All FCIAC by placing in the top thirty.

“That was a first for us to have all of our scorers earn league honors,” said Klein. “It was great to see them do well and be recognized for their efforts.”

Rounding out the top seven were Beau DeMelo, who was 38th, and Jack Stachura, who was 44th.

The team totaled 97 points to finish behind Staples High and Danbury High, the number one and two teams in the state. Just behind Trumbull was Fairfield Warde (99), ranked 8th in the state poll.

“We are very proud of the effort top to bottom by the team at the FCIAC meet,” Coach Bill Gadus said. “We have a nice combination of experienced runners and new runners doing well, and look forward to both the rest of this season and seasons to come.”

The JV team, in its last race of the season, also had a very good meet.

Junior Matt Seuch was 7th overall, followed closely by senior Sean O’Hagen and sophomore Tejas Kulkarni, who placed 8th and 9th.

Senior Kyle Koury in 12th and sophomore Tim Seymour in 22nd rounded out the scoring for the Eagles.

With 58 points, the JV team placed third behind winner Staples and Danbury.

Also placing in the top 50 in the largest race of the day (266 competitors) was Brian Hance (25th), James Dubreuil (35th), Matthew Collins (38th), Dylan Koury (42nd) and Owen Hopwood (44th).

Not to be outdone, the Eagle freshman took top team honors with an impressive effort.

Kyle Marin led the way finishing in third overall, only two seconds behind the winner.

Jackson Vincente was 8th, Nick Klaiber 10th, Nikolai Ignatov 12th and JD Griffin 14th to total 47 points, ahead of Staples in second and Danbury in third.

Other top finishers for the frosh included Cyrus Asgari (16th), John Whitmeyer (19th), Evan Seymour (24th), Jackie Zhang (26th), John Morello (28th) and Kyle Atherton (29th) as the team had 11 of the top 30 finishers in the race.

The freshman race for the final time this season on Thursday at the Hatter Invitational in Danbury, as they seek to defend the title last year’s Eagle freshman claimed at the meet.

The Varsity race next on Saturday at Wickham Park in Manchester in the Class LL meet, with a berth in the State Open on the line.