STAMFORD, Conn. – Scofield Magnet School won the boys', girls' and co-ed team championships at the Stamford Middle School boys' and girls' cross country championships last week at Cove Island Park.
The event included more than 300 runners from Scofield Magnet, Rogers International School, Dolan, Cloonan, Turn of River, Trailblazer's Academy and Rippowam. The runners also raised $2,400 for the Allyson Rioux Foundation.
Scofield’s Josh Mensah won the boys' race, followed by teammates Cooper Healy and Chris Cordone. Charlie Teeters of, Turn of River took fourth, followed by Eoin Keogh of Rogers. Scofield finished with a team total of 24 points, followed by Turn of River and Rogers.
"Our boys did an excellent job training hard all season and today it paid off,’’ Scofield coach Al Forsyth said. “Josh, Cooper, and Chris did a great job, but really my whole team ran well today. The championship was a team total effort."
Andrea O’Connor of Dolan won the girls' race, followed by Rippowam’s Lauren Klym and Scofield’s Erica Stietzel.
"We knew it would be a close race in the girls' division,’’ Forsyth said. "Our girls really came ready to run today and I am happy for them. They all ran great today when it counted most. The girls' division was very competitive this year."
Scofield’s 80 points took the co-ed title, followed by Rogers and Turn of River.
Rogers also won an award for the most money raised for the foundation. The money will go toward research for neurocutaneous melanocytosis, a rare disease that has affected the middle school cross country community in Stamford. Cloonan head coach Bobbi-Jo Barhydt's son, Bryce, was born with the disease in May.
"The kids performance was great,’’’ said Jill Tomasello, the director of the Allyson Rioux Foundation. “I was very impressed by the level of participation and their school spirit as the kids cheered for their friends and classmates. Not only was it an exciting race, the runners did an excellent job raising money for our foundation.”
People can support Bryce Barhydt by making an online donation. Visit the family’s blog at http://www.brycesjourney.com/ for more information.