James Mas All-FCIAC, Cadets place 11th in XC

The St. Joseph High boys cross country team placed 11th at the FCIAC championship race at Waveny Park in New Canaan on Oct. 21. The Cadets earned 263 points to tie with New Canaan, but lost the tiebreaker that would have placed them in the top-10.

Senior James Mas placed ninth overall in 16 minutes, 8 seconds to earn first-team All-FCIAC.

Senior Nick Zannis placed 32nd overall in 17:02, while junior Will Whitlock placed 69th in 18:31 and sophomore Ryan Haack placed 70th in 18:34. Junior Jack Moulder (83rd, 19:08), sophomore Brian Dineen (87th, 19:15) and senior Nick Maltese (96th,19:48) each set personal-records. Freshman Michael Zannis placed 114th in 21:16.

"Having four runners set personal records in the conference championship meet is pretty remarkable," said St. Joseph head coach David Scrivines. "We also had our top guys (Mas and Zannis) run strong races as well."

In the 252-runner junior varsity race, junior Nicholas Russo placed 131st in 21:23 and freshman Manuel Garzon placed 132nd in 21:24. Freshman Sean Yankocy placed 141st in 21:38 and junior John Wypchoski placed 161st in 22:02.

Additional finishers included: sophomore Mark Kendziorski (171st, 22:17), junior Stephen Garber (172nd, 22:21), sophomore Michael Pleszko (184th, 22:58), sophomore Anthony Crocco (186th, 23:01) and junior Joe Griffin (215th, 24:24).

In the 1.5-mile freshman race, Dante Criscio placed 64th in 9:57 and Garrett Kalker placed 73rd in 10:10. Ben Kallsen placed 88th in 10:33, Luke Healy placed 120th in 11:49 and Igor Poliwoda placed 126th in 12:16.

St. Joseph will compete in the Class M state championships on Saturday at Wickham Park beginning at 2:40 p.m. in Manchester.