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Fairfield girls skiers stay unbeaten; boys beat 7 of 8 schools

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Published 3:11 pm, Thursday, February 6, 2014
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Fairfield's Sarah Mason was runner-up among 70 skiers on Jan. 30 to lead the girls co-op ski team (Ludlowe/Warde) to three more victories at Mount Southington on Jan. 30 in Connecticut Interscholastic Ski League competition. The girls, who defeated Greenwich, Amity and Branford, raised their overall record to 12-0.

The boys team, from Warde and Ludlowe, beat seven of eight teams to improve to 11-7 overall. They lost to Fairfield Prep but defeated Greenwich, Amity, Branford, Litchfield, St. Luke's mixed, Westbrook and Westhill.

Mason, who finished first overall in the previous two races last month, completed both runs in a combined time of 48.23 seconds, a half-second slower than Weston's Shelby Merberg. Sydney Burton was Fairfield's next fastest finisher, placing sixth overall in 49.52. She was followed by teammates Megan O'Hare (49.60), who finished seventh overall; Kelsey Tague (49.94), who was ninth; Kaylie Minogoe (51.89) 14th; and Flossie Dewar (51.90) 15th.

Fairfield's combined time, its team score, was 300.98. Greenwich's time was 314.67, Amity's 352.28 and Branford was disqualified for not having six girls complete both runs.

On the boys side, Fairfield Prep won with a cumulative time of 279.87, and was followed by Fairfield (289.71), Greenwich (289.84), Amity (302.67), Branford (330.01) and Litchfield, St. Luke's mixed, Westbrook and Westhill, which disqualified.

Zach Finizi was Fairfield's fastest finisher, placing 13th among 105 boys. His time was 47.20. He was followed by teammates Matt Chan (47.23), who finished 14th overall; Jack Tague (47.31) 15th; Davey Hawthorne (47.99) 19th; Kevin Mercado (49.71) 34th; and Ben Schwinn (50.27) 37th.

The Jesuits won by placing six racers in the top 23. Sam Cusick (45.26) was Prep fastest racer and placed sixth overall. He was followed by teammates Pat Lambert (45.61), who was seventh; Jack Daley (46.12) ninth; Danny King (46.33) 10th; Matt Moore (47.94) 18th; and Connor Laurion (48.61) 23rd.

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