The defending state and Class L champion Fairfield co-op skiing teams opened their seasons on Jan. 8 at Mount Southington. The girls defeated four teams and the boys beat two of five teams in the Connecticut Interscholastic Ski League competition.

The girls team, of skiers from Fairfield Ludlowe and Fairfield Warde high schools, had a score of 308.96 -- from the combined two runs of the sixth fastest racers among 10 entered by each school -- defeating Staples (318.37), Glastonbury (321.62), Cheshire (322.12) and Lauralton Hall (404.10). The boys team, also of Warde and Ludlowe athletes, scored 297.18 and defeated Farmington mixed, which disqualified, and Hopkins (335.58). Fairfield lost to Staples (284.47), Glastonbury (285.56) and Cheshire (287.55).

Fairfield's Sarah Mason finished first overall with a two-run cumulative time of 49.06 seconds. Sydney Burton (50.88) was the second fastest Fairfield racer, placing sixth overall among teams competing against other schools, including the competition among Fairfield, Staples, Glastonbury, Cheshire and Lauralton Hall. The third Fairfield girl was Megan O'Hare (51.27), who was 11th overall, followed by Lauren Craighead (51.58) 17th overall; Flossie Dewar (52.68) 22nd and Sophia Ross (53.49) 24thth overall.

Zach Finzi was Fairfield's fastest boy, placing 22nd overall in 48.38. He was followed by Matt Chan (48.89) in 30th place, Jack Tague (49.31) who was 35th, Andrew Levy (49.67) 40th, Matt Mosher (50.23) 45th and Kevin Mercado (50.7) 50th.

"That was another strong performance by the girls," longtime coach Gary Quiricone said. "We were coming into the season with a lot of returning veterans. I'm pleased. We have a lot of great accomplishments heading into race two."

The Fairfield teams next race on Jan. 23 in Southington.