After winning the junior varsity SWC championship race a year ago, Pomperaug's Trey Generali made it a repeat result at the varsity level. Generali led a pack of 97 conference runners to the finish at Bethel High on October 18, clocking in at 16:39.15.
New Milford's Robert Harkin was second in 16:46.54, as the Green Wave finished with a trio of runners among the top 10 to win the team title — its first since a stretch of three straight titles came to an end following the 2016 run to the top.
The Green Wave had a score of 57. Newtown came in second with 81, Pomperaug was third with 90, Weston fourth with 105, and Immaculate fifth with 122. Host Bethel came in sixth with 127, Joel Barlow was seventh with 141, Brookfield eighth with 227, New Fairfield ninth with 274, Bunnell 10th with 291, Masuk 11th with 346, Stratford 12th with a score of 364, Kolbe Cathedral 13th with 370, and Notre Dame-Fairfield came in 14th with 419.
"It's something I've always looked forward to. It's such an honor having the SWC title," said Generali, adding that he slipped early on in the race. "I had to make up some ground but I got right up to the front and held onto it."
Immaculate's James Sullivan placed third in a time of 16:47.97, Brookfield's Jadon Parris was fourth in 16:54.96, New Fairfield's Patrick Gibbons placed fifth in 16:57.64, New Milford's Garred Farrell and Jason Golembeski were sixth and seventh in times of 17:00.38 and 17:08.26, Newtown's Max Bloomquist was eighth in 17:15.86, Weston's Ryan Rupprecht came in ninth in 17:19.85, and Pomperaug's Timothy Monahen was 10th in 17:20.77.
New Milford had dominated the conference for a decade before Newtown's 2012 win, and now has 14 SWC team trophies dating back to 2002.
"It's great to get back into the championship circle again," New Milford Coach Chris Bacich said.