DANBURY, Conn. – Maggie Christie and Carly Schuyler of Immaculate High School in Danbury took first and second place at the Southwest Conference cross-country championships held at Bethel High School on Thursday.
The teammates finished less than two second apart, with Christie finishing the 5-kilometer course with a time of 19:46.81 and Schuyler clocking in at 19:48.77.
Immaculate also scored a seventh place finish from Jess Wojnicki (20:28.21) and a 15th place finish from Jenna Gasparinni (21:08.44). Rounding out Immaculate’s points was Sarah Baker in 42nd place in 22:36.21.
Despite the one-two finish, the Mustangs took second place overall behind Pomperaug, 62-66, in the 13-school race. Immaculate was missing its No. 4 runner, Maeve Reilly. It took Pomeraug’s best showing of the season to edge his girls, Head coach Brian Hayes said.
“If I could have written it up like this with a one, two, 15 and a 42, I would have told you we would win this thing,” Hayes said. “It was just a great race by Pomperaug. I’m sure if we could go back, we could have gotten four more points somewhere in there.”
Reilly will be healthy for the Class S state championship Oct. 27, Hayes said. That could give the Mustangs the edge in earning their first team state title since 1997.
“We have a chance to win states, and we wanted to save Maeve for that run,” Hayes said. “I had a freshman who came in 15th. Everyone ran great today.”
Joel Barlow High finished seventh overall with 134 team points. Cailtlin Neary was the Falcons’ top runner with a 16th place finish with a time of 21:12.19.
Weston High took 10th place overall with 277 team points. August Schweitzer was the Trojans’ highest finisher, taking 30th place with a time of 22:08.61.
Barlow and Weston will compete in the Class M state championships, which are also next Saturday.