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Greenwich’s Esme Daplyn places third at FCIAC Cross Country Championships

Photo courtesy of Gillian Geiger: Esme Daplyn had a third-place finish for Greenwich at the FCIAC Championships.

Esme Daplyn continued her impressive cross country season, finishing third for Greenwich High at the FCIAC Cross Country Championships, which was held on Wednesday at Waveny Park in New Canaan.

Daplyn, a junior, posted a time of 14:44 in the 4,000-meter race for the Cardinals, who finished fourth in the team standings with a score of 102 points. Fourteen teams competed in the FCIAC Championships, which saw 119 runners finish the race. Ridgefield won the FCIAC team title with 60 points and New Canaan placed second (63), followed by Wilton (101).

Ridgefield senior Elizabeth Buonocore won the FCIAC title, finishing first with a time of 14:36. Kathryn Marchand of Trumbull was the runner-up, clocking in at 14:42. Following Daplyn’s third-place finish was Ridgefield senior Georgia Keller (14:48). Cam Meyer, a Darien junior, was fifth (14:54).

Kate Friedman, a junior, registered a ninth-place finish for Greenwich, recording a time of 15:25.

Photo courtesy of Gillian Geiger: Kate Friedman finished ninth for Greenwich at the FCIAC Championships.

“FCIACs is one of my favorite races of the season,” Daplyn said. “The Fairfield County League is arguably the most competitive league in the state and our team loves to go out there and race against tough competitors for fast times. The week leading up to it our head coach, Evan Dubin, had us centered on going to our absolute limits. With a few in our top group recovering from recent illnesses and injuries, we knew it was going to be a difficult championship, but his leadership has fostered a drive and supportive team that does not back down easily.”

Senior Elizabeth Anderson finished 21st in the race for the Cardinals (16:01), while junior teammate Lillian Shropshire was 29th (16:18). Freshman Eliana Daplyn posted a time of 16:41, while senior An Suzuki finished the race in 16:50 for GHS.

Photo courtesy of Gillian Geiger: Greeenwich’s Elizabeth Anderson and An Suzuki at the FCIAC Championships.

Greenwich will compete in the CIAC Class LL Championships at Wickham Park on Saturday at 10:10 a.m.

“We are definitely looking to further demonstrate our tenacity and strength at the upcoming state championships,” Daplyn said. “I am most proud of the personal improvements we saw. We had a total of 21 personal records on Wednesday, including our top six runners.”

Photo by David Fierro: Esme Daplyn turned in a third-place finish at the 2022 FCIAC Girls Cross Country Championships.

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