There’s one key ingredient to winning a statewide cross country meet: Depth.

And Shepaug Valley has it.

The Spartans put all seven runners in the top 26 to capture the Class S crown at Wickham Park last Saturday.

“I’m as proud as you can be,” Shepaug Valley coach Tom Scarola said. “All seven stood out. It’s a team effort. They work very hard together to run together, so today was a team effort. Everybody stepping up just enough to get the job done.”

A trio of runners cracked the top seven, as Ed Wolfe was the runner-up after clocking in at 17:01, Erik Quist was right behind to finish in third in 17:02 and Sean Parker was seventh with a time of 17:22.

“I got a lot of challenge from Erik,” Wolfe said. “He pushed me hard. The Bolton kid who won was a challenge. But that’s the thing I like about our team: We have such a strong team and a good pack and we got two through 19 with our top five.”

Bolton’s Chris Cassello won the Class S individual title after crossing the line in 16:57, but the day belonged to the Spartans.

“All Shepaug runners usually start fast and you just work your way up,” Quist said. “It was a fast race. I dropped 17 seconds off my time from the Wickham Invite, so that was good. It was a speedy race.”

In addition to Cassello, the other individual champions were East Lyme’s Vann Moffett (16:17 in MM), St. Joseph’s James Mas (16:13 in M) and Haddam-Killingworth’s Cameron Garrelts (16:25 in SS).

The top two teams in every class qualified for the State Open, as did the top 12 individual finishers in every race. Twitter: @jchik17