Cheshire's Brendan Murray placed second in the SCC crosscountry championship at Hammonasset State Park last year. The veteran standout is back for his senior season. | Justin Weekes / For the Record-Journal
2017 ROSTER: Stephen Fengler (sr. capt.), Drew Waldron (sr. capt.), Sean Moore (sr. capt.), Derrick Arnold (so.), Jacob Bielesz (so.), Chris Barberino, (so.), Mike Barberino, Tyler Carmin (so.), Emerson Chuisuk (fr.), Chris Fonteyn (jr.), Ernie Frattini (jr.), Ben Gardiner (sr.), Ricky Hadinoto (so.), Nick Ricci (jr.), Kevin Skillin (jr.), Tim Tangari (jr.), Ethan Venoit (so.), Evan Wilkinson (jr.).
PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Emerson Chuisuk (fr.), Kevin Skillin (jr.).
OUTLOOK: “Since we lost many varsity runners, we are looking for some of our younger runners to step up and fill in those gaps left by the graduating seniors. If they work hard and stay healthy, there are a handful of talented runners who can potentially move out team in a positive direction,” Palange said.
2017 ROSTER: Lizzie Brown (fr.), Sydney Carim (jr. capt.), Allyssa Cassella (so.), Christina Cappella (jr.), Sophia Franzik (sr.), Julia Hilinski (jr.), Anna Hutchinson (jr.), Julia Mansfield (jr.), Amelia Mansfield (fr.), Maggie McComish (jr. capt.), Anna Thai (jr.), Claire Viola (jr.), Bella Welch (jr.), Grace Young (so.).
OF NOTE: “Our girls are looking more motivated and healthier than they have in the past few years. We are looking to improve our class and league standing from last season. We have some talented young runners that may guide us in that direction,” Palange said.
COACH: Mike Addorisio (on and off since 1972).
BOYS LAST YEAR: 7-7.
KEY LOSS: Matt Hultgren.
2017 ROSTER: Brian Oliveira (sr. capt.), Alexandre Fishbein-Ouimette (sr.), Eric Lipka (jr.), Andrew Horobin (jr.), Luke Horobin (jr.), Brennan Toussaint (jr.).
PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Jack Murphy (fr.), Ian Debaise (so.).
OF NOTE: Kailey Lipka is coming off stress fractures in her shins, but appears to be fully recovered, according to Addorisio.
OUTLOOK: “I am expecting a major improvement this year, as we have a very good first seven boys and five girls,” Addorisio said. “This should be our best boys and girls teams in the last 10 years.”
GIRLS COACH: Rob Schaefer (30th year, 262-32).
LAST YEAR: 9-0, SCC Housatonic champs, SCC conference champs, third Class L, 14th State Open.
2017 ROSTER: Lauren Daddi (sr. All-State, 1st Team All-SCC), Rachel Kaplan (sr. 1st Team All-SCC), Emi Schwab (sr, 2nd Team All-SCC) Amanda Adesso (jr., 2nd Team All-SCC.), Emily Longmore (jr., 2nd Team All-SCC).
PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Aliza Taylor, Elizabeth Addesso.
OF NOTE: Daddi returns as Cheshire’s top performer. She was All-State after finishing 19th in the State Open and was named the team MVP. Amanda Adesso was All-SCC First Team as a freshman.
OUTLOOK: “We hope to repeat as Housatonic and SCC champions,” Schaefer said. “We hope to do well in Class L and make it to the Open. A dream season would be to qualify as a team for the New Englands.”
BOYS COACH: Will Lathrop (4th year, 20-7).
LAST YEAR: 6-3, 3rd in SCC.
KEY LOSSES: Quentin Arai (1st Team All-SCC), Jacob Lawlor (2nd Team All-SCC), Henry Klarman, Erik Galuska, Isaac Marquez, Brendan Hogan.
2017 ROSTER: Brendan Murray (sr., 1st Team All-SCC), Isaac Moskowitz (sr.), Cal Odermatt (sr.), Jack Hanke (sr.), Brendan Mellitt (so.).
OF NOTE: Murray finished second in the SCC.
OUTLOOK: “We will look to rebuild after graduating most of our varsity. We hope to be competitive in races this year,” Lathrop said.
COACH: Dan Dachelet (4th year).
BOYS KEY LOSSES: Mark Murdy (All-CCC), Tom Murdy, Jordan McMeans
2017 ROSTER: Connor Leone (sr. All-CCC), Shane Leone (sr. capt.), Mike Dorsey (sr. capt.), Sean Young (sr.), Ryan Slesinski (jr.) Matt Penna (so.).
PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Matt Penna (so.).
OUTLOOK: “Losing the Murdy twins was a significant loss, but Connor has had a great summer of training and is primed to take over the job as our frontunner,” Dachelet said. “Our next six runners all put in the work this summer and should be a very tight 2-7 runner. As always, our goal is to focus on the LL meet and the berth to a trip to the State Open. These guys are very focused on that after last year being one of the first teams not to go.”
2017 ROSTER: Isabella Scalise (sr. capt.), Laini Pizzitola (sr. capt.), Sarah Minkiewicz (sr.), Kate Kemnitz (jr.), Julia Michnowicz (jr.), Kailey Schmarr (jr.), Amanda Perkowski (jr.), Natalia Adamczyck (jr.).
PROMISING NEWCOMER: Kailey Schmarr.
OF NOTE: The Blue Knights are deep this fall. Scalise could emerge as a top runner in Class LL. Kemnitz joins the harriers after a strong rookie campaign on the track, where she was the top freshman in the 800 and No. 5 in the 1,600. Both could challenge for school records this fall.
OUTLOOK: “We have two girls who should be vying for All-Conference honors, with the next seven athletes bunched up within 30-45 seconds of each other by the end of the season,” Dachelet said.
COACH: Derek Destefano (2nd year).
BOYS LAST YEAR: 2-5.
KEY LOSS: Hector Orellana, Jonathan Goodman.
2017 ROSTER: Spencer Santagata (sr. capt.) Simon Santos (jr., captain), Hunter Bernabucci (jr.), Ricky Soto (jr.), John Donlon (jr.), Isaac Betts (jr.), Dominic Oliveri (so.) Zachary Trowbridge (so.)
PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Reynaldo Torres (fr.), Dale Santiago (fr.), Juan Martinez (so,), Jack Flores (jr.).
OUTLOOK: “Our boys team has the talent to do very well this season,” Destefano said. “We continue to grow as a team, both in size and experience. Our student-athletes are working hard and the improvements are already showing. They are motivated to be better each and every day and I believe that this team could end up being one of the better cross country teams that Maloney has had in recent years.”
PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Morgan Kicklighter (so.), Madison Kroher (so.), Sarah Castro (so.), Julie Burness (jr.), Kelly Tran (so.), Emily Rhee (so.), Haley Kennedy (so.), Jennifer Fermaint (so,), Aryanna Davis (fr.), Kristen McCormack (fr.).
OF NOTE: Felix is reining the 2016 city girls champ.
OUTLOOK: “Our girls team could be the biggest cross country team Maloney has ever had and is the biggest team in recent years,” Destefano said. “These girls are very talented and have the ability to make their mark in competitions this season. I am excited to see what they can do.”
OF NOTE: Janiga takes over for Sue Perry, who served as Wilcox girls cross country coach for 10 seasons. Griffin is the lone holdover from last year. Janiga was able to drum up enough interest for the Indians to field a team.
OUTLOOK: “The kids are working hard and I hope to be competitive,” Janiga said. “We hope to pick up a few more runners before the season starts. So far, so good.”
BOYS COACH: Dave Cronin (8th year).
LAST YEAR: n/a
2017 ROSTER: Anthony Fuentes (jr.), Israel Arce (jr.), Bryce McClendon (jr.), Eric Wasman (jr.)
PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Nick Priede (jr.), Jared Rivera (fr.), Danny Taveras (jr.), Conner Fahy (jr.), Isaiah Thomas (fr.), Derek Strillaci (jr.).
OUTLOOK: The Indians struggled to field five runners for the majority of the races last season, but the numbers have rebounded a bit. “It’s hard to say what our outlook is,” Cronin said.”It looks like we have five or six guys that could put in some decent times, so we should be competiive and the other guys have been working at it hard. But we have a bunch of guys bunched up and that should help us at the bigger meets.”
COACH: Samantha Randall (1st year).
BOYS 2017 ROSTER: Jacob Parker (sr. capt), Isaiah Arce (jr.), Aiden Annino (so.).
PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Ben Ruben (sr.), Cam Fox (so.).
OUTLOOK: “This season we are working on creating a balance between seasoned returners and some newcomers to the team,” Randall said. Compiled by Sean Krofssik