Trumbull harriers bracing for postseason

The Trumbull High boys cross country team ended the regular season by recording wins over Westhill of Stamford, Harding and Bassick, while losing a close battle to host Fairfield Warde on Oct. 9.

“As they have all year, the boys gave an outstanding effort in the race,” said coach Bill Gadus after his team improved to 11-7. “It’s been a hardworking group that has put in the effort to make themselves as ready as possible for competition throughout the fall.”

The Eagles were led by junior Shane Romanchick, who finished fourth overall with a time of 18:01 for the 5-kilometer course.

“Shane has worked very hard to get to where he is and is an excellent role model for the team,” coach Jeff Klein said. “He has great focus in all of our practices and meets and it shows with his impressive results.”

Sophomore Mitch Vecchione was second for the team with a time of 18:15, while senior co-captain Joe Matera was next in 18:39.

“Mitch has followed up an excellent freshman season with a great sophomore year and we are very excited about his continued improvement,” Klein said.

“Joe is one of our top sprinters during the track season and has really impressed us with his initial effort to run cross country and with his leadership.”

The team’s two top freshman finished fourth and fifth for Tumbull, as JJ Pfohl and Jake Cappello continued their outstanding results.

Klein said: “It’s impressive to have two ninth graders in our top five runners. In fact we have several top notch newcomers this year, which is great to see.”

Rounding out the top placers for Trumbull were Taylor Auten and Dan Rouleau, who both finished in 19:00.

Frosh Matthew Pryor was next with senior co-captain Tom Baccaro and senior Sam McKinney rounding out Trumbull’s top ten at Warde.

The team heads into the post-eason next with the FCIAC meet at Waveny Park and the State LL meet in Manchester the next couple of weeks.

Gadus said: “The boys have done everything we have asked them to do and are well prepared, so we are excited to see how they do during the final phase of the season.”