By Senior Correspondent Marty Ogden, Editing and Graphics by Ron Knapp
Over the next few days before the regular season starts later this week MySportsResults presents quick previews of several of the conferences and leagues in Connecticut.
Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC)
Meet Info: Championships on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at Waveny Park
The FCIAC XC championship has been held at Waveny Park in one configuration or another at Waveny Park in New Canaan since 1986 and some of the greatest cross country runners in state history have traversed its trails and fields as noted below.
FCIAC Championship Results Through the Years
Ridgefield had a great day at the conference meet last year, sweeping both the team and individual titles on the 4000m course. They squeezed by New Canaan by a score of 60-63 in probably their best race of the season with Wilton, Greenwich and Trumbull taking the next three spots separated by only five points. The FCIAC is traditionally one of the deepest conferences in the state with those five teams all finishing in the top ten at the State Open with Trumbull and Ridgefield qualifying for New Englands with their 5th and 6th place finish. While the Tigers lost their top three finishers from last year to graduation, they won the conference JV meet with all their scorers returning. But New Canaan returns their entire top five this season, were second in the JV race and won the freshman competition which should provide them the firepower to contend for their first title since 1996. Greenwich had some injury issues last year but if they are healthy, they could shake things up and Wilton has had a shake up in roster with some girls deciding not to come out this fall, but new girls are emerging to take their spots. Trumbull always seems to be a factor as well and returns four of their top five.
Trumbull’s Katie Marchand was the Gatorade Athlete of the Year, taking second at FCIACs, winning the Class LL, getting 2nd at the Open and was the top CT finisher at New Englands. But Esme Daplyn of Greenwich was only two seconds behind the Golden Eagle at FCIACs before an injury removed her from the rest of the season. But during indoor and outdoor track, she blossomed, breaking 5 minutes for the 1600m and 2:52 for the 1000m. New Canaan’s Radea Raleva, Eliana Savelli and Charlotte Moor went back and forth last year and should all place highly. Cam Meyer of Darien who was 5th last year and won…