James Mas wins Class M title

James Mas ran a 16:34 to finish first at the Class M cross country championships in Manchester on Saturday. The Cadets placed fifth overall.

St. Joseph placed ninth at Monday’s FCIAC boys cross country championships at Waveny Park in New Canaan.

The Cadets completed a four-week turnaround to defeat Wilton and Greenwich, both of who beat the Cadets during the regular-season.

Mas placed 11th overall in 16:16, earning first-team all-FCIAC honors. Junior Nick Zannis placed 49th in 17:56 and senior Will Gallagher placed 51st in 17:58.

Senior Kyle O’Brien placed 56th in 18:03, while senior Evan Aldo placed 65th in 18:27.

Fellow freshman Ryan Haack (89th, 19:39) and Brian Dineen (97th, 20:27) both ran strong races for St. Joseph.  Junior Nick Maltese placed 127th in 22:36.

“To make up that much ground (on Wilton and Greenwich) in three weeks is pretty remarkable,” said St. Joseph coach David Scrivines.

“James got out in front nicely, but then we had 31 second split from two through five (places).”

In the junior varsity race, junior Jacob Russell placed 99th in 20:07, followed by senior Jack Guman (159th, 21:40) and freshman Michael Pleszko (160th, 21:41).

Sophomore Nicholas Russo placed 207th in 23:01 and freshman Daniel Marchetti placed 225th in 24:04.

Fellow freshman Mark Kendziorski (226th, 24:06), Kevin Frattaroli (228th, 24:08) and Anthony Crocco (250th, 25:31), and sophomores Camren Menefee (258th, 25:46) and John Wypchoski (259th, 25:49) competed well.