MANCHESTER > Fairfield Prep coach Bob Ford Jr. said he’s never seen any of his runners win the State Open. Positioned throughout the course with a better view and vantage point to coach his runners, Ford misses out on the best part. The way Friday afternoon’s ending materialized at Wickham Park, Ford will want to see the replay immediately.
Prep’s Christian Alvarado and Ridgefield’s Trevor Hopper ran neck and neck to the finish as Alvarado managed to edge Hopper by a hair. The pair clocked 15 minutes, 31 seconds, with Alvarado’s lean at the end providing the final margin of victor. The recorded time is a new Open record, besting Glastonbury’s Donn Cabral’s time of 15:32 in 2007.
“I’m hoping someone has a nice video of it so I get to see that,” Ford said with a smile. Said Alvarado: “That was probably the most exciting race and hardest race I’ve ran. I had to give everything I had to win. And I’m just glad I came out on top.”
Alvarado, who has verbally committed to Georgetown, said the plan was to have already dropped Hopper and Darien’s Alex Ostberg by the end of the 3.1-mile course. But that didn’t work out. The race turned into a photo finish as Hopper and Alvarado found themselves alone down the stretch.
“I was extremely tired and Hopper found a way to come back and make it a race those last 200 meters, which was really scary for me,” Alvarado said. “I was like, ‘Oh crap.’ When it comes that close you only have a certain amount of time. I really had to put literally everything I had into it. I think it showed, as I collapsed at the end of the race.”
It was nice finish for Alvarado, who is undefeated this fall. A year ago at the State Open, he was coming off an injury and finished fourth.
“Christian has tremendous closing speed,” Ford said. “He’s very confident at the end he can do the job.” Alvarado will continue his season next Saturday at the New England Championships in Manchester, N.H., at Derryfield Park.
Alvarado sets meet record while leading Fairfield Prep to SCC cross country title
Pictured from left: Christian Alvarado '14, Alec Hilton '14, James Mulliken '14, Jack McGowen '16, Andy Thane '15, Adam Vare '14, and Matt Scholl '14
MADISON -- Fairfield Prep's Christian Alvarado set a meet record with a time of 15:16 to win the SCC boys cross country championship Thursday at Hammonasset State Park. The Jesuits had five runners among the top 25 to capture its third SCC title. The others came in 1997 and 1998. "Christian just ran away from everybody," Prep coach Bob Ford Jr. said. "But for us winning the title, it was our top five. That's how we won. It's a team sport."
Alvarado had help from James Mulliken, who was eighth with a time of 16:34, while Alec Hilton took 12th (16:46), Andrew Thane 17th (16:56) and Adam Vare 18th (16:58). The Jesuits finished with 56 points, while Amity was runner-up with 76.
SCC cross country championships at Hammonasset State Park, Madison
Boys team scores Fairfield Prep 56, Amity 76, Cheshire 89, Guilford 98, Xavier 160, Branford 189, Hand 212, Shelton 225, North Haven 254, Hamden 257, ND-West Haven 311, Foran 317, Sheehan 370, Law 416, Wilbur Cross 437, Lyman Hall 460, East Haven 547, West Haven 554.
Individual results Top 10 and regional finishers among top 25
1. Christian Alvarado (Fairfield Prep) 15:16 (meet record); 2. Tim Kenefick (Guilford) 16:06; 3. Zachary Williams (Xavier) 16:12; 4. Sal Siciliano (Guilford) 16:16; 5. Michael Yuan (Amity) 16:24; 6. John O'Hara (Xavier) 16:29; 7. Russell Adam (Cheshire) 16:34; 8. James Mulliken (Fairfield Prep) 16:34; 9. Lucas Marcouiller (Cheshire) 16:34; 10. Luke Arsenault (Branford) 16:35. Also: 11. Kyle Beaudette (Amity) 16:43; 12. Alec Hilton (Fairfield Prep) 16:46; 16. Sricharan Kadimi (Amity) 16:56; 17. Andrew Thane (Fairfield Prep) 16:56; 18. Adam Vare (Fairfield Prep) 16:58; Joseph Edelstein (Shelton) 16:58; 21. Aaron Barkin (Amity) 17:03; 22. David Napierkowski (ND-West Haven) 17:04; 23. Chris MacKay (Amity) 17:12.
Fairfield Prep's Christian Alvarado '14 Commits To Georgetown
FAIRFIELD, Conn. –- Fairfield Prep senior track and field standout Chris Alvarado was anxious to wrap up his college selection process. A recent trip to Georgetown University cemented his decision.
Alvarado become one of the first high school athletes from this year’s senior class to commit to a school when he announced last week he was going to attend Georgetown. The University of Wisconsin, Virginia, Michigan and Stanford were also considerations.
“I definitely was looking to commit and it just worked out perfectly,’’ Alvarado said. “It was my last visit, I liked the campus and the team, and it seemed like it was the perfect fit. They’re a stronger track and field program, which is perfect for me.”
Alvarado said he was anxious to commit to a college so that he could focus on running and his academics during his senior year. He had already missed two races this fall before making the commitment to Georgetown.
In his first race after announcing his choice, Alvarado smashed by 30 seconds the course record at Thetford Academy’s 23rd annual Woods Trail Run. He won by a whopping 38 seconds. “I just left it all out there on the course,’’ he said. “It was awesome to be back with the team, and it was great to show Georgetown what I could do.”
Alvarado’s recruiting process began when a few schools contacted him while he was still a sophomore. He first heard from Georgetown in his junior year. “It was a fun process, but one that took some time and I had to do a lot of homework,’’ he said.
Alvarado had an outstanding year as a junior, including an eighth-place finish at the Foot Locker Northeast Championships. That result earned him a ticket to the Foot Locker national championship race in San Diego. He won the 3,200 at the State Open indoor and outdoor championships.
“I’m looking at this cross country season as my redemption season,’’ Alvarado said. “I felt like I accomplished a lot, but there’s a lot more to accomplish. I’d like to break some records, win the State Open and run a really good race at Foot Locker. I want to have a really good senior year and hopefully get a couple of records.”
Fairfield Prep cross country coach Bob Ford Jr. could get used to this. For the second year in a row and the fourth in his career, Ford will be heading to San Diego in two weeks for the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships on Dec. 9.
This year he will be going with junior Christian Alvarado, who finished eighth in the seeded division with a time of 15:49.1 at Saturday's Foot Locker Northeast Regional race at New York's Van Cortlandt Park.
While there are four other divisions who competed Saturday -- freshman, sophomore, junior and senior -- only the top eight in the seeded race qualify for the national meet. The top eight in each division earn all-Northeast Regional honors. Alvarado, who won the Northeast Regional title in the sophomore division a year ago, was the top runner from Connecticut.
"You have to be a special talent to qualify for the national race," said Ford, who had Connor Rog last season and Brian McGovern in 1999 and 2000 qualify. "And Christian has been doing wonderfully in the postseason."
Other Fairfield Prep runners also fared well. They were senior Scott Ball, who was 15th with a time of 18:12 to earn second-team honors; juniors James Mullikan (21st, 18:04) and Matt Scholl (23rd, 18:08), who earned third-team honors; sophomore Andy Thane, who earned first-team honors after finishing eighth in his division with a time of 17:46; and freshmen George Crist (17th, 18:43) and Jack O'Connor (18th, 18:45), who both earned third-team honors.
Christian Alvarado '14 wins Jesuit Cross Country championship
Christian Alvarado of Fairfield Prep won the 2012 Jesuit Cross Country Championship at New York City’s Van Cortlandt Park on Nov. 17. His winning time of 12:55.19 for the 4K race was the only time under 13 minutes among a field of 69 runners. Tyler Spear of Loyola Blakefield (Maryland) was second with a time of 13:10.85.
For Alvarado, this Jesuit Championship win comes off a successful running of the New England Cross Country Championships in Cumberland, Maine, where Alvarado placed 9th and was named to the All New England team. Next stop for Alvarado is the Footlocker Northeast Regionals at Van Cortlandt Park on Nov. 24.
Note: Photo is Alvarado's First Place win at the SCC Championship
Alvarado '14 wins SCC Cross Country Championship
Christian Alvarado '14, Andy Thane '15 and James Mulliken '14 named ALL- SCC
MADISON -- Fairfield Prep's Christian Alvarado captured the SCC boys cross country championship in a time of 16:14.92 on October 18 at Hammonasset State Park.
Alvarado's triumph helped lead the Jesuits to a second-place finish with 64 points. Xavier won the title with 46 points.
Aiding Prep's cause was a 10th place finish by James Mulliken (16:42.55), 11th from Andy Thane (16:43.95), 16th by Alec Hilton (16:59.15), 26th from Scott Ball (17:19.40) and 29th from Raphael Kinney (17:22.55). Read more.
Prep Cross Country wins Wilton Invitational
Congratulations to the Prep Varsity Cross Country team for their Large School Division victory at this weekend’s Wilton Invitational. Christian Alvarado '14 was first overall and Andy Thane '15 and Alec Hilton '14 were trophy winners. The JV team finished 2nd in their race. View more photos.
Prep cross country hopeful to repeat as state champions
MADISON -- When Fairfield Prep cross country coach Bob Ford and his team, including star runner Connor Rog, learned last week that the State Open championships would be run at Hammonasset State Park instead of the usual venue at Wickham Park in Manchester, they were a bit disappointed.
"We're a team that trains on hills, which is what Wickham Park has," Ford said Tuesday. "Hammonasset is all flat, so we felt it might be a disadvantage, even though we run there in the SCC championships every year."
It turns out Ford had nothing to worry about as Rog set a course record with a time of 15:22 to win the State Open and help lead the Jesuits to the team title.
Fairfield Prep, which won the Class LL title as well, finished with 109 points, while Xavier, the SCC champion, took second with 150 points. FCIAC champion Danbury (155), Amity (157) and Darien (170) rounded out the top five. "The kid ran wonderfully," Ford said. "It was very much a team victory."
While Rog finished 13 seconds ahead of runner-up Harry Warnick of Fairfield Warde, the Jesuits got a 14th-place finish from Christian Alvarado (16:17), 28th from Patrick Corona (16:38), 42nd from Michael Whelan (16:49) and 77th from Scott Ball (17:17) to aid the victory.
Rog, who is undefeated this season, will now turn his attention to Saturday's New England Regional in Rhode Island as well as the Foot Locker Northeast Regional in New York. "I love the New England race and I'm studying the competition," said Rog, who is going to the University of North Carolina.
Rog '12 and Cross Country Team win Class LL Championship
Pictured from left: Patrick Corona, Ford-Jr, Michael Whelan, Christian Alvarado, James Mullikan, Matt Scholl, Brendan Terry, Scott Ball, Raphael Kinney, Alec Hilton, Billy Schloth, James Murphy, Ford-Sr, Connor Rog.
MANCHESTER -- Fairfield Prep's Connor Rog and Fairfield Warde's Harry Warnick were victorious at the CIAC cross country championship meets at Wickham Park. Rog won the Class LL individual crown for the third straight year, finishing the course in 15:50--20 seconds before second-place finisher Jake Feinstein of Newtown.
Fairfield Prep won the Class LL team championship with 81 points. "We came in knowing that we could do that (finish first as a team) or knowing that we could finish fourth or fifth depending on how other the teams did," Fairfield Prep coach Bob Ford said. "There are a lot of good teams out there and we had a good day. Our top four guys finished in front of the number ones of a lot of other teams."
The Jesuits' Christian Alvarado finished fifth (16:24), Patrick Corona was 11th (16:33) and Michael Whelan placed 13th (16:38). Other regional runners with top 10 finishes were Staples' Henry Wynne (Class LL, third, 16:13), Fairfield Prep's Christian Alvarado (LL, fifth, 16:24), Barlow's Logan Fulton (M, third, 16:39) and Weston's Noah Krassin (M, ninth, 17:03).
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