Glastonbury Girls & Ridgefield Boys Selected as Top Teams in Marathon Sports CT HS Coaches 2023 XC Pre-Season Poll
By Poll Manager Ron Knapp
In its 19th year of hosting, MySportsResults presents the results from voting in the Marathon Sports CT HS Coaches 2023 XC Pre-Season Poll that featured the Glastonbury Girls and Ridgefield Boys as the top recipients.
Our readers are reminded that our coaches took the time to vote on what they thought they knew about how teams and runners seen last year will perform this year. The periodic polls offered this season will provide the coaches with several opportunities to refine their views as results are posted and analyzed amidst the responsibilities of coaching their own teams. Remember that coaches don’t have a crystal ball capable of seeing the future so you can agree or disagree but get talking and spread the interest of our sport. All our CT athletes are challenged to prove the voting right or wrong by doing the best they can in the finest tradition of our sport.
Marathon Sports CT High School Coaches 2023 XC Pre-Season Girls Poll
The Guardians of Glastonbury, the defending New England and State Open champions, received all but two of the first place votes in polling of 15 coaches for a total of 146 votes as 18 teams were acknowledged in this pre-season poll. The New Fairfield Rebels (‘22 Class M Champions) and New Canaan Rams locked in the next two slots with 127 and 110 votes respectively as the Rams received 2 first place votes.
In leading the next set of recipients, the Greenwich Cardinals gained 83 votes over FCIAC rival Wilton Warriors with 73. The Rams of Cheshire secured the 6th place by a narrow 59-58 margin over the Green Wave of New Milford. Rounding out the final three slots were Trumbull Eagles (55), the EO Smith Panthers (43) and the Hall Titans (30).
Marathon Sports CT High School Coaches 2023 XC Pre-Season Boys Poll
The 2022 State Open runner-up Ridgefield Tigers claimed the most votes of the 18 teams receiving votes from the 16 coaches as they tallied 150 votes with 11 first place votes over FCIAC rival Danbury Hatters with 131 votes and three first place votes. The perennial Class L contenders New Milford and Xavier Falcons each received 118 votes to tie for the 3rd slot with the Green Wave getting one first place vote. The defending LL, Open and New England champion Hall Titans received a single first place vote to help them gain 95 votes.
The remaining top ten teams featured the…