New Canaan Boys & Girls Cross Country Post Dual 7th Place Finishes at 2016 FCIAC Championships

For the second consecutive year, the FCIAC cross country championships, a race held annually in mid-October, featured weather that resembled a late summer day. On Wednesday afternoon the race temperature at Waveny Park hovered around 80 degrees—and while that type of weather is a spectator’s dream for this time of year, it turns up the heat, literally, on the runners racing in the prized contest of the conference season. In that race, both the New Canaan girls team and the New Canaan boys team finished seventh, respectively. “I think it was a solid performance by the team today,” boys head coach Bill Martin told “Anything is an improvement upon last year [finishing 10th place],” Martin said with a smile.

Girls Just Wanna Run: 2016 New Canaan Girls Cross Country Preview

With just two seniors on a team of 48 girls, New Canaan girls cross country head coach Art Brown felt uncertain of what exactly to expect from his 2015 squad. His positive attitude had him optimistic the girls would have a good season, but a year ago, with so little experience under their belts, it was impossible to predict. After navigating the regular season with a record of 9-7, the Rams pulled off an impressive sixth-place finish at the 2015 FCIAC Championships. And now, with so many girls coming back to run again for the team in 2016 with that accomplishment to its name, the head coach knows there’s the potential to achieve even more. “We have some pretty experienced kids now coming back for this year and I’m pretty optimistic because of that,” Brown told

New Canaan Girls Cross Country 6th, Boys 10th at FCIAC Championships

After training in weather that felt more like fall–and over this past weekend, winter–during the days leading up to Wednesday’s FCIAC Cross Country Championships; on race day it resembled late-summer with the sun shining brightly on Waveny and a temperature near 75 degrees. So is the byproduct of running cross country in New England. And in what is arguably the best high school cross country conference in all of New England, the New Canaan girls team finished sixth while the New Canaan boys team finished tenth in Wednesday afternoon’s FCIAC Championships. “I’m really, really pleased,” girls head coach Art Brown told “Going in, I thought we had a shot at [defeating] Ludlowe and Darien and we beat them today, which was very satisfying.

New Canaan Girls Cross Country: Energetic, Enthusiastic and Ready to Run

After an encouraging 12-6 season last year, head coach Art Brown is hoping to see even greater strides in the New Canaan girls cross country team in 2015. With 48 girls on the projected roster, Coach Brown, who is entering his sixth year with the program, feels like the mix of girls who make up that number are poised to come together and compete with the FCIAC elite. “We have a young team with only two seniors, right now,” Coach Brown told “We have quite a few girls who ran last year – a lot of sophomores and juniors. We were kind of a middle-of-the-pack team [last year]. But I have seen some improvement from the younger kids and I’m going into the season with quite a bit of optimism.”