Trumbull High best's times at New England championships
Throughout the season, the Trumbull High girls cross country team ran unheralded.
However, as the season progressed, the Eagles earned their place as one of the top teams in the state of Connecticut culminating with a fine performance at the New England Championships on Saturday morning.
Unranked in the state polls for most of the regular-season despite an impressive 12-3 dual-meet record, head coach Jim McCaffrey’s Eagles opened some eyes on Oct. 18 with a third-place finish at the FCIAC championship meet.
Following its fifth-place finish at the highly-competitive Class LL state meet on Oct. 28, Trumbull earned a berth in the State Open on Nov. 3.
Battling some injuries and unseasonably warm weather, Trumbull turned in a gritty effort to place sixth overall, which earned the team its first berth to the New England Championships in 18 years.
“The girls are such great competitors,” McCaffrey said. “If you look at our postseason meets, we put together a different combination of runners in our top five each week. This has been our strength.”
The 83rd annual New England Championship Meet was held in Belfast, Maine, where race day temperatures barely hit the freezing mark. Nevertheless, the Trumbull contingent continued its trend of exceeding expectations, finishing 16th (out of 29 teams), and more impressively, fifth among the six Connecticut schools who participated.
Despite the cold and windy conditions, the 3.1-mile course on the campus of Troy Howard Middle School was flat and ran fast.
Junior Maggie LoSchiavo led the Eagle runners with a 65th place finish (19:29), while sophomore Ally Zaffina placed 86th with a time of 19:43.29.
Freshman Kiki Grant was third for Trumbull, and 154th overall, with a time of 20:29.
Senior Ashley Storino placed 170th (20:53).
Freshman Calyn Carbone finished in 20:57, placing 178th.
Freshman Brenna Asaro (207th, 21:24) and senior Lianne Iassogna (222nd, 21:37) rounded out the day for the Eagles.
“Every girl achieved a personal-record time today, every girl,” McCaffrey said. “We averaged 20:17, and raced a combined six minutes faster than last week. This wasn’t because we under performed at the State Open, it is a credit to our hard work and ability to continue improving.”
Trumbull finished with 408 points, just behind East Greenwich (R.I.), who had 405. Pinkerton (N.H.) won the meet with 163 points, followed by Bishop Guertin (N.H.) and Connecticut State Open champion Glastonbury.
Trumbull’s fellow FCIAC member Danbury finished eighth with 251 points.
Trumbull’s season is not done.
The Eagles will compete at the Nike Northeast Regional championships in Wappingers Falls (N.Y.) on Saturday, Nov. 25, against the best teams from Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire.