The Woodstock Academy boys cross-country team took on numbers-rich East Lyme on Tuesday and came away pretty happy with its effort.
The Centaurs (3-2, 0-1 Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I) didn't win but they were within shouting distance, falling 27-37.
"Very well," coach Peter Lusa said when asked how he felt his team performed at Rocky Neck State Park. "I was pleased with all the boys efforts. Christian (Menounos) ran a slightly slower time (than the first meet in Waterford) but it was a very competitive course. All I kept hearing the boys say was that they went out too fast so more training and practice will be good and they are diagnosing themselves."
Menounos finished in third overall (17:32) behind East Lyme's Brendan Fant and Nate Bergman.
The Centaurs Vince Bastura was fifth with Colton Sallum in 10th.
Charlie Cagiano was 14th and Joel Koleszar finished 18th to account for the top five.
“Our top five are tight together and then sixth and seventh are a little further back but we just have to get our fifth guy to close the door sooner,” Lusa said.
Woodstock Academy did post wins over Ledyard 26-29 and Tourtellotte 15-50.
“It was a nice win over Ledyard. They have something like 40 guys on their team so it was good for our kids to go up against these folks and see what things were like,” Lusa said.
Lusa was pleasantly surprised later in the week as his Centaurs placed fifth in the boys Varsity 2 race Saturday at the Ocean State Invitational in Warwick, R.I.
“I was extremely pleased,” Lusa admitted. “I didn’t know we would get that high of a finish.”
Menounos placed 13th and Bastura 14th for the Centaurs.