Pomperaug's Kate Wiser captured her third consecutive SWC cross country championship, finishing nearly a minute ahead of the rest of the pack, on the scenic Bethel High grounds on October 18. Newtown won the team competition, edging runner-up Immaculate of Danbury by seven points; Pomperaug came in third.
Newtown, with all of its top five runners among the top 20, had a team score of 67, Immaculate had 75, Pomperaug 80, Bethel 93, and New Milford 102 to round out the top five.
New Fairfield was sixth with 123, Joel Barlow seventh with 168, Weston eighth with 213, Brookfield ninth with 240, Masuk tenth with 310, and Bunnell 11th with 318.
Wiser clocked in at 17:52.14 and said coming out on top was every bit as rewarding this time as it was the first or second.
"Winning never gets old — it's nice," Wiser said.
New Milford's Claire Daniels placed second in 18:48.23, Bethel's Ava Graham was third in 18:49.85, Immaculate's Ailene Doherty came in fourth in a time of 19:51.10, Pomperaug's Madison Villa was fifth in 19:56.90, Immaculate's Kayla Ondy came in sixth in 20:08.02, Newtown's Rylee Harrell and Emily Tressler were seventh and eighth in 20:27.56 and 20:29.11, New Fairfield's Hazel Hudson came in ninth in 20:32.69, and Barlow's Amber Borofsky came across the finish line in 10th with a time of 20:53.18.
Newtown overcame Immaculate, the only team it lost to during the regular slate.
"it feels amazing," said Nighthawk Coach Christina Caron, adding that it was a team effort that lifted Newtown to victory.