St. Joseph wins three meets

The St. Joseph High boys cross country team turned in a strong performance in Tuesday’s five-team meet, taking home three victories.

The Cadets defeated Brien McMahon from Norwalk, Stamford High and Bassick of Bridgeport.

Junior James Mas led the way for St. Joseph, placing second overall in 16 minutes, 45 seconds.  McMahon junior Eric Van der Els set a course-record, finishing the 3.1-mile course in 15:56.

“Our course if challenging, between the full 5,000 meters and the hills and trails,” said St. Joseph coach David Scrivines. “We showed significant improvements from the last time we raced on our home course (Alumni meet, Sept. 6).”

Junior Nick Zannis placed fifth overall in 17:43, while seniors Kyle O’Brien (12th, 18:29), Will Gallagher (14th, 18:45) and Evan Aldo (16th, 19:12) each had strong races for the Cadets.

St. Joseph continued to get strong performances from several of its freshman —  Ryan Haack placed 25th in 20:22 and Brian Dineen placed 28th in 20:30.

“Our goal is to continue to improve in the front and continue to tighten the gap in the middle of the pack,” said Scrivines. “We’ve improved significantly in the first four-and-a-half weeks from top to bottom.”

Senior Jack Guman placed 47th in 21:46 and freshman Michael Pleszko placed 48th in 21:49. Junior Nick Maltese placed 53rd in 22:15, while sophomore Camren Menefee placed 74th in 23:57.

Meanwhile, freshman Liam Callahan placed 78th in 27:48 and sophomore Dylan DeMoura placed 79th in 27:55.

St. Joseph travels to Wilton Sept. 30, for a quad meet with Wilton, Norwalk and Harding from Bridgeport.