WILTON, Conn. Wilton Running Club girls track and field members won their third Western Connecticut Conference regular season title with a record of 5-0.
In the four years the conference has been in existence, the WRC girls have experienced just one loss on the track during the dual-meet season. That setback occurred last year by one point to New Fairfield.
We focus mainly on training for the Junior Olympics, and when those statistics were pointed out to us, it was interesting, to say the least, said coach Kevin Foley. Our league has some outstanding athletes who go on to become major factors for many high school teams, so the competition is terrific and a great way to benchmark our progress.
The Western Connecticut Conference consists of 13 schools and clubs from Fairfield County. The conference was founded in 2009 by coaches from Wilton and New Fairfield.
We are a very young team and we were definitely the smallest in numbers at each meet. We have a great many of our athletes who do not compete in middle school meets yet, said coach Mary Zengo.
The team produced league champions in the 60 hurdles (Samantha Deenihan), the 100 and 200 meter (Deanna Singewald) and a second place 4x100 team (Deenihan, Jane Reed, Singewald and Rebecca Hersch). Numerous personal bests were also set. In addition, Jane Reed placed fourth in both the high jump and long jump, and Elizabeth Wells placed sixth in the 400.
Throughout the year, Wilton Running Club girls had outstanding performances from Sarah Battipaglia, Julia Hergenrother, Shannon Golden, Macallan Fox, Amanda Deenihan, Lacey Ellers, Kate Williams and others. Aaron Breene of the WRC boys team won the league title in the 800.
We thought we were rebuilding, so to do so well is especially rewarding for all our eighth-grade athletes who can build on this in high school next year, said Foley. Our boys were even smaller in number at most meets and deserve a shoutout for the many PRs they produced this year. The rest of our season should be quite fun as we are just starting to peak.
Next up for the WRC is the USATF Junior Olympics on June 16 in New Britain.
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