FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield Warde’s cross country teams got a taste of competition against New England teams Saturday at the Ocean State Invitational in Warwick, R.I.
The Mustangs and coach Tim Foster discovered junior Cate Allen is establishing herself as a regional standout.
Allen won the Division 2 race in 19:03, 14 seconds ahead of her closest competitor. There were 189 runners in the race, with teams from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut in the field. Allen’s winning time was the fifth fastest among three girls' races at the meet, which featured runners from nearly 60 teams. There were 27 teams in the Division 2 race.
Warde’s Caroline Keough also ran well, finishing seventh in 19:34. Warde finished fourth as a team and was first from Connecticut.
Several Warde boys also ran well. Aidan Fiol finished eighth in 16:44, while Connor O’Day (14th, 16:55) and Nick Gans (16th, 16:56) also cracked the top 20. Warde finished fifth among 31 schools in Division 2. There were 210 runners.
Both Warde teams are doing well in league competition thus far this fall. The boys bring a 9-2 record into Tuesday’s meet at St. Joseph, while the girls are 8-3. Warde completes its league season Oct. 9 and will compete in the league championship race Oct. 18 at Waveny Park in New Canaan.