Daily 5: Schools hoping to double down on cross country success
Believe it or not, sports fans, we have reached the championship portion of the high school cross country season. All of the local conferences will be holding their championship meets this week, in advance of the massive, day-long slate of state class meets on Oct. 28 at Wickham Park in Manchester. With that in mind, today’s Daily 5 highlights five schools from the Hearst Connecticut readership area whose boys and girls teams are both hoping to make some noise the next few weeks. There were a lot to choose from, as you might imagine. Here are the five I selected:
DANBURY: Danbury is one of only two schools in the state — William Hall of West Hartford is the other — whose boys and girls teams are both ranked in the top 10 in the state coaches’ polls listed at ctxcpoll.com. Both Hatter teams are ranked eighth. The boys are the reigning FCIAC, Class LL and State Open runners-up, having finished second all three times to Staples.
POMPERAUG: The Panthers have plenty of runners back on both teams from last year, in which the girls won the SWC and Class L state titles and the boys placed second to New Milford in both those meets. The Panther girls return four of the top nine finishers in the SWC last year.
IMMACULATE: The Mustang girls established themselves several years ago as a perennial force, having won state titles in four of the last five seasons. The Mustang boys are starting to emerge themselves, having placed third in a tight Class S race last year. Angela Saidman is the defending SWC girls individual champion.
SHELTON: The Gaels’ boys and girls teams both went 3-1 in SCC Housatonic Division action this season, with the boys’ lone loss coming againt Amity and the girls’ against Cheshire. Each team returns two runners who placed in the SCC top 25 last year.
DERBY: The Red Raiders have amonog their ranks both defending NVL individual champions in Kenneth Little and Sabrina Hanock. The Derby girls are the reigning NVL and Class S state champions, and they won their 41st consecutive regular-season meet on Oct. 10.