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Fairfield Prep Boys Race to Victory in Wilton

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield Prep's Connor Rog scored an impressive win in the Wilton Invitational on Saturday. So, too, did the Jesuits' entire team.

Led by Rog, the state's top-ranked team breezed to victory in the large school division of the race at Allen's Meadows. Rog cruised through the 3.15-mile course in 15:53, topping Weston junior David Stankiewicz by 57 seconds.

Chris Alvarado (fourth overall, 16:56), Michael Whelan (seventh, 17:15), Patrick Corona (eighth, 17:28) and James Murphy (22nd, 18:12) rounded out Prep's tightly bunched Top 5. William Schloth was a step behind Murphy.

"We did look good as team,'' Rog said. "We have some guys who will be improving as the year goes along. It's a good meet to see where guys are at this point and what we have to do to get better during the season."

Rog nearly took a wrong turn on the course. But it hardly mattered, as he took a commanding lead early and was never challenged. "For the first race, I'm pretty happy with it,'' Rog said. "Nearly taking a wrong turn was a little weird."

Prep also won the junior varsity race, with James Mulliken winning and Raphael Kinney finishing third. Both are sophomores.

Fairfield Ludlowe was led by Jack White, who finished 15th in 17:51.

In the girls race, Ludlowe's Heather Moriarty finished 15th overall in 18:31 for the 2.8-mile course. Marisa Klein ran 19:39 and finished 35th as the Falcons finished fifth among large schools. Sydney Foulk (20:29), Maddy O'Brien (20:42) and Jane Hooper (21:12) rounded out Ludlowe's Top 5. Complete results are available on clubct.org

Contact Tom Renner at trenner@mainstreetconnect.us .

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