Girls cross country: Trumbull excels at Wickham Invitational

Trumbull High's freshman team won the Wickham Park Invitational championship trophy.
Trumbull High's freshman team won the Wickham Park Invitational championship trophy.

The Trumbull High girls cross country program fared well at the 34th annual Wickham Park Invitational in Manchester on Saturday.

The Eagles placed sixth out of 27 teams in the 5,000 meter varsity race.

Sophomore Ally Zaffina led the way for Trumbull for with a 17th place finish, followed closely by junior Maggie LoSchiavo (22nd).  Ashley Storino (66th), Lianne Iassogna (75th) and Emily Alexandru (94th) rounded out the top five for the Eagles.

Trumbull finished 11th out of 23 teams in the 5,000 meter junior varsity race.

The top five Eagle JV runners were Emily Jorge (41st place), Jessica Salgado (52nd), Meghan Lepore (56th), Audrey Soltis (75th) and Abby LaBanca (85th).

“I’m proud of the progress I saw today and proud of our girls for how they pushed,” Trumbull head coach Jim McCaffrey said. “We gained valuable experience today running on the same course we will run at the Class LL state championships later this month.”

Trumbull started the day in fine fashion, capturing the Freshmen team championship, narrowly defeating runner-up East Greenwich (R.I.), 33-34.

Trumbull’s strong showing was led by the first-year trio of Kiki Grant, Brenna Asaro and Calyn Carbone, who finished second, third and fourth, respectively, in the 4,000 meter race.

Allie Palmieri (16th place), Alexa Yardis (24th) and Ina Ralakhar (27th) all had strong performances to lead the Eagles to the team title.

“Not all races are perfect, and the freshmen faced some challenges with the course markings, but they overcame it and solidified themselves as a team to watch, both now and in the future,” McCaffrey said.

The Eagles host their final quad meet of the regular-season on Tuesday, when they greet Staples, Fairfield Warde and Brien McMahon at 4 p.m.

Trumbull will then compete in the FCIAC Championship at New Canaan’s Waveny Park on Wednesday, Oct. 18.