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Fairfield co-ops win 7 of 10 races; girls undefeated

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Published 4:53 pm, Thursday, January 30, 2014
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The Fairfield co-op girls ski team remained unbeaten by defeating five teams and the Fairfield co-op boys won two of five competitions on Jan. 23 at Mount Southington in Connecticut Interscholastic Ski League racing.

The girls, who scored 299.25, improved to 9-0 overall by beating Wilton (302.4), Weston (308.02), Ridgefield (302.13), Barlow (308.22) and the Danbury/Bethel co-op, which was disqualified. The boys (287.23), whose overall record moved to 4-6, defeated Barlow (305.39) and Danbury/Bethel (355.19) but lost to Ridgefield (277.22), Wilton (287.15) and Weston (281.59).

Both Fairfield teams are defending state and Class L champions.

Sarah Mason won the girls race, scoring 47.38 seconds from a cumulative time in two completed runs down the hill. The next fastest Fairfield racer was Kelsey Tague, who was 10th overall in 49.25. She was followed by Sydney Burton (49.34), who was 11th overall; Megan O'Hare (49.46) 12th; Flossie Dewar (51.74) 25th and Kaylie Minogoe (52.08) 26th. Sixty-one girls from these teams, plus Hand, completed both runs.

"Sarah is off to a great start," coach Gary Quiricone said. "She was one of the top skiers in the state last year, too. She's been first down the mountain in both races this year. We're building one race off the other. Certainly, the girls are showing they're strong again this year," said Quiricone, who was impressed with the runs of Eliza Wiant (28th), Ana Wyckoff (31st) and Sophia Ross (39th).

The boys were led by Matt Chan, who finished 14th overall with a combined time of 46.94. He was followed by Jack Tague (47.07), who was 15th overall; Zach Finzi (47.15) 16th; Davey Hawthorne (48.47) 27th; Andrew Levy (48.58) 31st and Kevin Mercado (49.02) 34th. A total of 75 boys from these teams, in addition to Hand and New Canaan mixed, finished both runs.

"The boys showed real promise in the first race (Jan. 8)," Quiricone said. "I'm pleased with their progress through two races. They're getting stronger fast."

The co-op teams, of skiers from Ludlowe and Warde high schools, raced on Thursday at Mount Southington. The girls competed against Amity, Greenwich and Branford; the boys raced against those three schools plus Fairfield Prep, Litchfield, Westhill, St. Luke's and Westbrook.

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