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Young Wilton Runners Shine At State Meet

Wilton Running Club coach Mary Zengo talks with runners before the start of the race. Photo Credit: Contributed by Julie Breene
Wilton's Aaron Breene heads to a third place finish in his race. Photo Credit: Contributed by Julie Breene

WILTON, Conn. – Wilton High School’s cross country and track teams are traditionally strong. One of the reasons behind the success is the Wilton Running Club, which had another solid showing at the Connecticut Junior Olympic cross country championships Sunday in Litchfield.

Angela Saidman won her age group and eight runners qualified for this this week’s regional championships in Long Island.

“We always have a pretty good number get to the regionals,’’ said Mary Zengo, the team’s coach. “It can be tough because the competition is so good. They’ve been working hard since the end of the summer.”

Saidman won the Midget Girls age group in 11:16.7 for the three-kilometer race. She averaged 5:55 per mile for the race, which is about 1.8 miles. Emily Welch finished (18th) and Juli Hergenrother (23rd) also advanced to the regional race. Lily Kealy and Devin Moore also ran for Wilton.

In the Midget Boys, Flynn Crowther finished 23rd in 11:44.93. Tyler Zengo missed qualifying for regionals by one place, finishing 26th in 11:50.01. Ben Grass, Stephen Batter, Davis Langhoff, Jack Caty, Josh Farhi and Alexander Stroup also ran in the race for Wilton.

Susanna Martin finished 17th in the Youth Girls division, for runners born in 1998 and 1999. She ran the four-kilometer race in 17:48.6. Elizabeth Well finished 31st.

Aaron Breene took third in the Youth Boys race, running 14:33.76, a 6:03 per mile pace. Ben Ruffing (14th) and Owen Callahan (25th) also qualified for regionals. Joseph Berrafati also ran for Wilton.

Breene won the regional championship last year in the Midget Boys division and competed in the national championships.

“I’d like to get into the top 20 this weekend and make it back to nationals,’’ Breene said. “That’s my goal.”

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