With the postseason meets beginning in just two weeks, high school cross country teams know it’s time to start rounding into top form.

The four teams that competed in Tuesday’s meet certainly showed they’re primed for the postseason.

Darien and Warde each produced impressive performances during Tuesday’s event at Greenwich Point, while Greenwich and New Canaan also continued to show improvement. Warde defeated Greenwich (17-40) and New Canaan (19-36) and also edged out Darien. The Blue Wave beat the Cardinals (21-46) and New Canaan (24-34). The Rams, meanwhile, topped the Cardinals (20-41).

William Brisman of Warde won the race with a time of 15 minutes, 30 seconds. James Johnson of Darien placed second (15:38), followed by Alex Mocarski from Warde (15:45).

“We’ve done quite well as a team throughout the season and today we made a good showing,” said Brisman, a senior. “We want to win our division in the FCIAC, so this was an important meet. It was a fun course to run on with the sandy areas. Overall, it was a lot of fun.”

The Mustangs are 10-2 on the season. Darien, which is 8-3, believes it is ready to excel in the postseason.

“We want to peak for the Class LL meet and qualify some guys for the (State) Open,” Johnson said. “We were hoping to beat Warde out for the FCIAC East title, but we still have some meets left.”

Johnson went into the meet familiar with running at Greenwich Point.

“It’s a nice course, I always enjoy running here,” said Johnson, a senior. “You have the beach, which is nice and the forest, with open areas to pass. This time I ran today gives me confidence going forward.”

Junior Alex Klarer of Darien finished fourth in 15:52, while junior Danny Jagoe of Warde took fifth (16:09).

“It is really scenic around the beach and I enjoy running in the woods, which features a lot of turns — that’s exciting,” Klarer said. “So far I have come in second each race behind Johnson, so hopefully, we’ll maintain that for FCIACs and states. We’re having a good season so far.”

Jimmy Conroy of Darien was sixth in 16:09 and James Maniscalco from Warde placed seventh (16:12). Max Koschnitzke of New Canaan, Alexander Kosyakov from Greenwich and Alexander Urbahan rounded out the top-10 runners.

“This is like the centerpiece of the year for us, with a lot of people going to watch this meet,” Kosyakov said. “This year, we have a lot of new guys who are doing well. We did a really nice job today and we will be ready for the championship season.”

Greenwich’s next best finish came from senior Bastian Dequeker, who placed 23rd in 17:18.

“The season has been good, I’ve been hitting all my times,” Dequeker said. “Right now, we have a solid top four, we’re just looking for that one kid to break out at that fifth spot.”


1. William Brisman (Fairfield Warde) 15:30; 2. James Johnson (Darien) 15:38; 3. Alex Mocarski (Darien) 15:45; 4. Alex Klarer (Darien) 15:52; 5. Danny Jagoe (Fairfield Warde) 16:09; 6. Jimmy Conroy (Darien) 16:09; 7. James Maniscalco (Fairfield Warde) 16:12; 8. Max Koschnitzke (New Canaan) 16:20; 9. Alexander Kosyakov (Greenwich) 16:27; 10. Alex Urbahn (New Canaan) 16:35.