Girls cross country: Trumbull breaks records at FCIAC meet
The Trumbull High girls cross country team had a record-breaking performance as it earned a third-place finish at the FCIAC Championship Meet, held Wednesday at New Canaan’s Waveny Park.
It was the Eagles’ best finish at the FCIAC meet since 1999, when they placed second.
“It was an historic day for Trumbull girls cross country,” said head coach Jim McCaffrey. “Going into the race, we had a plan. We knew we had to score under 100 points to break into the top three and upset some teams that had higher state rankings.
"The girls listened and worked hard in practice, and then executed on race day. They deserve all the credit.”
Greenwich (47) captured the team title, while Danbury (54) was the runner-up.
Trumbull was third (98) and finished ahead of both Fairfield Ludlowe (101) and Ridgefield (141), two teams that had defeated the Eagles in dual-meet competition during the regular season.
Junior Maggie LoSchiavo led Trumbull with a ninth-place finish in the 4,000 meter varsity race.
LoSchiavo, who earned first team All-FCIAC honors for her efforts, finished the race with a personal-record time of 15:18 — also the third-fastest in school history.
Sophomore Ally Zaffina also earned first team All-FCIAC honors with her 12th-place finish (15:25).
Zaffina’s time was the fifth-fastest in school history.
The top 15 earn top honors.
Freshman Kiki Grant finished 20th (15:55), while senior Ashley Storino came in 23rd place (16:00).
Grant and Storino each earned All-FCIAC second team (15 thru 30) accolades for their efforts.
In addition, Grant set the THS freshman course record, breaking the mark set by former THS All-State runner Kate Romanchick, who is now running at the University of Connecticut.
Freshman Brenna Asaro finished 34th (16:14), while classmate Calyn Carbone placed 36th (16:20).
Senior Lianne Iassogna (65th, 17:20) and sophomore Juliana Zaccagnino finished 77th (17:52) for the Eagles.
In addition to its best team finish in 18 years, Trumbull’s top five varsity runners (LoSchiavo, Zaffina, Grant, Storino and Asaro) posted the fastest team combined time in school history (1:18:55), besting the previous mark by 55 seconds, also set back in 1999.
In the 4,000 meter junior varsity race, Trumbull senior Jillian Ryan placed 12th and Allison Palmieri placed 21st.
In the 2,500 meter freshman race, Alexa Yardis (4th place) and Ina Rahalkar (5th) earned medals for their standout performances.
The Trumbull varsity squad now sets its sights on the Class LL state championship meet, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, at Manchester’s Wickham Park. Last season, the Eagles finished fourth at states.
“Looking ahead, our top seven runners will prepare for next weekend’s Class LL championships,” McCaffrey added. “We will develop a race plan that gives us the best chance to qualify for the State Open, which features the top twenty teams in the state. I think we deserve to be in that elite group.”