Published 11:46 am, Monday, October 19, 2009
Both the GFA boys and girls cross country teams had clean sweeps against their competition at the home meet on September 30.
A fast and strong pack of eight GFA runners placed in the top 10. These included first-place finisher, senior captain and Darien resident Tommy Ross, who finished with a time of 17:54. Fellow Darien resident, sophomore Peter Maturo, wasn't too far behind Ross' pace; he came in at 18:26.
Two other hometown boys helped the team in the sweep: sophomore Charlie Ross (19:15) and senior Ian Gordon Schottlaender (19:19) helped round out the top 10.
On Saturday, the boys also partook in the Wilton Invitational, running primarily against area public schools. Despite not having two of their top runners, the GFA team secured third place in the varsity team results. Ross led his teammates on this 2.8 mile course by placing third overall with a time of 14:25.
The volleyball team came out on top last week with a 3-1 victory over Holy Child of Westchester. It was a close, well-played contest and GFA needed to play its best overall match to end up victorious. The team had major contributions from senior Avery Kernan, a Darien resident who had 10 kills in the match.
The boys went 1-1 last week after defeating Masters 1-0 and losing a 2-1 battle to South Kent. Against Masters, GFA got on the board early, as junior Rex Tavello (Fairfield) scored by redirecting a Spencer Traver (junior, Easton) header off a corner kick from senior Chris Friend (Darien).
GFA put up a battle against perennial powerhouse South Kent on Saturday, but just came up just short in the 2-1 loss. South Kent scored eleven minutes into the match on an explosive volley from just outside the penalty area. The score stayed 1-0 with GFA playing smart, tough defense, with Friend staving off the loss for as long as possible.