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.

Back on Course: 2016 New Canaan Boys Cross Country Preview

One year ago, New Canaan boys cross country head coach Bill Martin entered the preseason optimistic that his group of boys were in for a season full of promise. Yet after injuries plagued much of the team from preseason all the way through to the postseason contests, that promise never materialized. “Our strength last year was in a couple of sophomores, Max Koschnitske and Alex Urbahn,” Martin told “But both Koschnitske (broken collarbone) and Urbahn (wrist) suffered debilitating injuries at the start of the year in separate mountain biking accidents, which set us back as a team. We finished 10th in the FCIAC’s, which was very disappointing. We had one of our near guys race toward the back of the pack [in FCIACs] and as a result we had to rely on a guy who should’ve been our eighth guy but instead was our seventh.