Cross country: Trumbull's Romanchick leads Eagles at FCIACs

Trumbull High’s girls cross country team netted the second fastest combined team time in school history and placed fourth overall at the FCIAC Championships held at Waveny Park in New Canaan.

The Eagles, led by Kate Romanchick, Maggie LoSchiavo, Megan Becker, Molly Malloy and Ally Zaffina, ran a combined time of 1:20:07.3 to out point Fairfield Ludlowe, New Canaan, Fairfield Warde, Danbury, Stamford, Darien, Norwalk and St. Joseph.

Wilton’s Morgan McCormick finished first in the race with a time of 14:36.87.

Ridgefield (50) won the team title, followed by Greenwich (79), Wilton (87) and Trumbull (118).

Trumbull’s top eight finishers were Romanchick who was third in 14:57, LoSchiavo was 27th in 16:17, Becker was 29th in 16:18, Malloy was 31st in 16:26, Zaffina was 32nd in 16:26, Sophia Hopwood was 44th in 16:45, Jill Ryan was 63rd in 17:33 and Kaley Fasoli was 70th in 17:51.

Romanchick earned first-team All-FCIAC, LoSchiavo and Becker made second team.

“I saw some great efforts from some of the senior runners most notably Kate Romanchick, who capped off her FCIAC career by placing third overall,” coach Jim McCaffery said.

“This time was good enough to secure her the school record by nineteen seconds. Kate now holds three of the fastest five times at Waveny. She also earned the distinction of being first-team All FCIAC for the second straight season.”

McCaffery also wanted to recognize Malloy, who had an all time personal best. Last year, Malloy placed 194th in the JV Novice race.

“Coming into the season, Molly was impressive in the team’s time trial and today she shaved five minutes and thirty seconds of her previous personal best at Waveny.”

Malloy placed 31st overall and missing second team All-FCIAC by one spot.

The top 15 finishers are first-team and 16 through 30 make second team.

Trumbull also saw success with its freshmen team.

Becker finishing third for the team and 28th overall.

Zaffina was not far behind with a fifth-place finish for the team. She just missed second-team honors by placing 32nd overall.

McCaffrey said, “The success of the freshman team is a credit to the middle school cross country programs, coached by Christie Kania at Hillcrest and John Mastrianni at Madison, as well as Trumbull Athletic Director Mike King, who advocated for the start of these two feeder programs.”

Trumbull now has its sights on the Class LL Class Meet, as the Eagles hope to qualify and earn a spot into the State Open Championship.

The tate team will consist of Romanchick, LoSchiavo, Becker, Malloy, Zaffina, Hopwood and Ryan, with alternates Fasoli, Caitlin Walsh and Lianne Iassogna.