New Milford defends SWC cross country championship
The New Milford boys captured the SWC championship last week at Bethel High School.
The Green Wave boys successfully defended the conference crown and have now won the title in 12 of the last 14 years with the lone exceptions being in 2012 and 2013.
"I think 2013 and 2014, we all took it really personal that we didn’t win those two years," said New Milford’s Lucas Simmonds, who came in fourth overall with a time of 16:43.32. "I think that’s what shaped us to do what we did."
Brookfield senior Tommy Consalvo captured the individual title after crossing the line in 16:31.25, keying the Bobcats third-place finish. New Fairfield’s Michael Rautter was second in 16:37.17 and Barlow’s Michael Bortolot earned third with a time of 16:41.82.
Simmonds was the top finisher for the Green Wave (56 points), which placed four additional runners in the top 18: Jonathan Davis (ninth, 17:19.66), James Kane (11th, 17:20.95), Charles Osborne (14th, 17:31.41) and Eli Nahom (18th, 17:41.14).
Pomperaug (86) was the runner-up in the boys’ field, followed by Brookfield (91), Newtown (101) and Barlow (143).
"We knew Brookfield was going to be tough," New Milford coach Chris Bacich said. "Pomperaug was also going to be tough, but we just had the stuff today. It’s a really important thing for us to be in the hunt every year for the SWC. We only have 19 runners, but our team does go very deep."
The Newtown girls unseated New Fairfield at the top of the SWC. Newtown racked up 35 points, and the top-five was rounded out by Pomperaug (51), Immaculate, (59), New Fairfield (118) and New Milford (161).
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