Wave girls cross country stays unbeaten
The FCIAC Girls Cross Country world is chasing Darien High School.
And no one has caught them yet this season as the Blue Wave army ran away from New Canaan, Greenwich, Stamford and Trinity Catholic Tuesday in a meet at Greenwich Point.
St. Joseph, Danbury and undefeated Staples will get the final regular season chance to defeat Darien on Oct. 7 at St. Joseph. Darien (15-0) clinched the FCIAC East Division crown with Tuesday's triumphs.
Leading the way as usual for Darien were seniors Amanda Percarpio (16:45) and Kate Halabi (16:47) who finished 1-2 over the scenic 2.5 mile course.
"Our seniors know the drill. They know how to approach each race and not get flustered. Their confidence filters down through our team," veteran Darien girls cross country coach Steve Norris. "In today's race, they showed they didn't need to lead all the way. There was no panic. Just a steady pace. And they made their move at the right time."
"I liked the course. Especially the downhill at the end. Running on the beach is interesting. But there were puddles in one spot that were tricky," Percarpio said. "The depth on our team is so good. The girls really stick together. I'm pleasantly surprised we're unbeaten. The one point victory over Ridgefield on their course was big."
In all Tuesday, Darien grabbed eight of the top 11 spots and 11 of the top 25 in the field of 81 runners.
New Canaan (10-4) had six runners in the top 19 but were no match for their suburban archrivals. Freshman Cali Brannan paced NC, finishing fourth in 16:58.
Greenwich (9-6) had two runners in the top 15 and six in the top 25 to post wins over Stamford and Trinity Catholic. Freshman Sabrina Thurber (3rd, 16:56) paced the Cardinals.
"I'm happy with where we are. The team is very together. Injuries have set us back during the season. But we're pointing for the postseason now," Greenwich coach Mike McSherry said. "Sabrina (Thurber) is a rising star. Our freshman class is shining. They are fun to watch."
Stamford (4-10) was led by senior Megan Rule (12th, 18:03). Juniors Jonissa Leon (36th, 19:53) and Eyline Cabrera (37th, 20:06) were next for the Black Knights.
"Megan Rule has been a great leader for us. We have a group of 14 girls who are enthuastic and have done good recruiting within the school for the program," Stamford coach Fred Kelley said. "They've all made this season fun. In cross country, dedicated leads to progress. And these girls are dedicated."
At Trinity Catholic, coach Adam DeSalvo is in his first year of resurrecting a program that had been shelved for quite for several years.
Sophomore Molly Smalley (38th, 20:13) paced Trinity.
"We compete amongst our group. We look to improve each meet," DeSalvo said. "We started with 10. Now we're up to 22 combined boys and girls cross country teams. We're growing."
The postseason for all begins Thursday Oct. 16 with the FCIAC Championships at Waveny Park in New Canaan.
At Greenwich Point, 4K, 2.5 miles.
Field of 81 runners
Top 25 Individuals: 1, Amanda Percarpio (Darien) 16:45; 2, Kate Halabi (Darien) 16:47; 3, Sabrina Thurber (Greenwich) 16:56; 4, Cali Brannan (New Canaan) 16:58; 5, Sarah Lehan (Dar) 17:23; 6, Alex Barnard (Dar) 17:35; 7, Erika Osherow (Dar) 17:38; 8, Kristen Mayhew (Dar) 17:40; 9, Emma Crowley (New Canaan) 17:42; 10, Lindsey Holek (Dar) 17:46; 11, Emilia Callery (Dar) 17:47.
12, Megan Rule (Stamford) 18:03; 13, Samantha Savage (Dar) 18:12; 14, Amanda Dobbin (New Canaan) 18:24; 15, Jenny Goggin (Greenwich) 18:19; 16, Nicole Caputo (Dar) 18:30; 17, Lily Baer (NC) 18:31; 18, Lauren Carlson (NC) 18:41; 19, Corinne Vietorisz (NC) 18:42; 20, Emily Hunt (Greenwich) 18:44; 21, Alice Pehrson (Gr) 18:45; 22, Kate Hadley (Gr) 18:47; 23, Sam Mazzone (Dar) 18:51; 24, Drew Davis (NC) 18:53; 25, Kristen Lodato (Gr) 18:58.
Other area finishers: 36, Jonissa Leon (Stamford) 19:53; 37, Eyline Cabrera (Stamford) 20:06; 38, Mollie Smalley (Trinity Catholic) 20:13.