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Wilton Girls, Danbury Boys Win Titles

Wilton's girls and Danbury's boys ran away with team titles Thursday in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference cross country championships at Waveny Park in New Canaan. Fairfield Ludlowe's Heather Moriarty and Danbury's Alex Levine won individual championships.

Danbury won its 10th boys title in the last 11 years paced by Levine, who covered the 5-kilometer course in 15:57. The Hatters accumulated 38 points, with all five of its scorers finishing in the top 17. Thomas Moore took third for Danbury and Nicholas Carlsen grabbed fifth.

The Hatters got a stiff challenge from Darien. The Blue Wave finished second with 50 points, with five runners in the top 15. John Conley took fourth in 16:25, while Charlie Baird was seventh and Michael Johnston took 10th. Staples finished third followed by Fairfield Warde and New Canaan.

In the girls race, Moriarty seized control of the race early on and won by eight seconds over Caroline Edison of Fairfield Warde. Moriarty, a junior, ran 15:06. Wilton's Sarah Guth took third, followed by Westhill's Nicole Ambrosecchio and Wilton's Zoe Gaston.

The Warriors won the team title with 38 points and easily outdistanced runner-up Darien, which finished with 96. Ridgefield also totaled 96, but Darien won a tiebreaker with its sixth runner. Danbury and Trumbull rounded out the top five.

Wilton had five runners in the top 15 and won the league title for the second time in three years. The Warriors lost by three points last year to Fairfield Warde. "I'm just very proud of the girls,'' Wilton coach Jeff Gee said. "I think I underestimated their resolve. They went out and ran like champions today."

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