STRATFORD–The Stratford High School boys cross country team hosted the Notre Dame-Fairfield Lancers and the Kolbe Cathedral Cougars in head to head Southwest Conference Patriot Division action from Wooster Middle School.
The skies were partly cloudy with temperatures in the middle 70’s and an occasional gust of northwest wind. The transition from summer to fall was definitely in the air as crews earlier in the day put their final touches on the early autumnal grounds in preparation of Stratford’s home opener.
Stratford was looking to build off its first win of the season from last week’s effort against Masuk.
The Lancers and Cougars were also looking to make a mark with a large crowd on hand as all three schools are a short distance from each other in a well spread out conference.
The 5K course has become a favorite for runners over the years because of its flat and fast race conditions. It is also a favorite among those that watch the race with racers never out of view.
With runners advancing to the starting line, the stage was set for what was to become a history-making day.
Right from the start, Stratford runners Elijah Brown and Joshua Kydes jaunted out of the box creating distance from the rest of the field. Stratford’s Tyler Ciufo and Paul Duncanson weren’t from behind.
With the race now approaching the mile and a half mark Brown was first, Kydes was second, Ciufo was third, and Duncanson made a move to pass Collazo and it was all Stratford heading into the final mile.
The question to be answered would be, could Stratford freshman Amos Colocho come through again as Stratford’s fifth finisher enabling two wins on the day. Colocho stayed in contention as the race moved on to its final half-mile.
With Stratford taking the first four spots, Colocho came home at 23:46.08 to help the Red Devils secure a sweep on the day.
With the results now final, Stratford historians were checking the record books for two possible firsts. The two firsts being looked at, were, when was the last time Stratford swept a meet and when was the last time four Stratford runners finished in the top four overall in a meet.
Final scores were Stratford 19, Notre Dame 36 and Stratford 21, Kolbe Cathedral 35.
Record-keepers declared that today’s results were the first time in Stratford High School history that Stratford swept a cross country meet and it is also the first time in school history Stratford runners finished in the top four overall.
Up next for Stratford, a road meet at Joel Barlow against the Falcons, the Bethel Wildcats, and the Immaculate Mustangs on Wednesday, Oct. 3.
In the girls race, Stratford’s lone runner Izzy Cola finished fifth overall out of 16 girls.
Newtown 7, Stratford 1
The Stratford High boys soccer team lost to Newtown, 7-1, at home on Thursday evening.
The team looked sharp in the first few minutes, but, again, conceded a soft goal early in the game, going down 1-0 after four minutes.
The team struggled to keep possession and gave the ball away cheaply and consistently to Newtown in Stratford’s defensive third.
The score was 5-0 at the half.
The team looked better in the second half.
Senior Kendy Noelsaint drew a foul in the box and senior Nico Cuevas converted, for Stratford’s first goal of the season.
But, again and again, Stratford players refused to play simple balls to feet and relied on long balls over the tops of defenders, which worked very rarely.
Late in the game, junior Andres Jimenez had a real chance at goal after a Cuevas long ball, the only one which worked all game, though the goalie parried the shot away and Newtown cleared their lines.
A bright spot in yesterday’s match-up was that Stratford’s junior-varsity team defeated Newtown, 2-1. Sophomore Michael Ferrante scored in the first half on an Alex Mocarski pass, and Deiby Hernandez scored the game-winner, heading the ball into the net off a Mathew Castro free kick, delivered from about 25 yards out.
Joel Barlow 82, Stratford 80
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