Cross country: Trumbull's Kate Romanchick wins Class LL title

Trumbull High's Kate Romanchick was dominant at Saturday's Class LL girls cross country championships, leading wire-to-wire at Wickham Park in Manchester.

Romanchick won the state title in a time of 19:22 on the challenging 5K course, breaking the school record for a second week in a row as the senior outpaced Emily Criscuolo from Amity Regional (19:26) and Gabi Galletta of Fairfield Warde (19:37).

Romanchick, sophomore Margaret LoSchiavo (24th), freshman Ally Zaffina (31st), senior Sophia Hopwood (34th) and senior Molly Malloy (60th) led coach Jim McCaffrey’s Eagles to a fourth-place finish.

Their combined team time was good enough to set a school record. It also seeds Trumbull eighth going into the State Open Championship, where they have their sights set on breaking into the top 6 to earn a berth at the New England Championships.

Kaley Fasoli was 90th and Jill Ryan 105th.

Zaffina had a record day, as well.

“Going into the race, Kate Romanchick held the freshman course record,” McCaffrey said. “Ally broke that mark (in a time of 21:01). Our seniors will leave spots that will be hard to fill, but Ally's efforts show that the program will continue to improve.

“This season our team has been strong, and will only get stronger in these next meets. The girls are peaking at the right time in their training.”

The State Open is set for Friday, Oct. 4, at Wickham Park.