The Staples girls cross country team defeated Westhill 20-42 and Norwalk 15-50 at home on Tuesday, but fell short to Trumbull. 31-25.

Lady Wreckers Coach Kristin Simonsen said, "I am pleased with how quickly the team ran. However I am hoping that they have gained some confidence and that next time they can believe in themselves more next time they compete against a team of Trumbull's caliber."

Senior captain Emily Hanrahan said, "I am very pleased with the times we ran yesterday. We all improved tremendously from last week; however, but I'm definitely disappointed that we lost to Trumbull."

The strategy for the meet was to run in a pack the first half of the race, and the second half for everyone to go on their own, as fast they could. Senior captain Rachel Myers said, "The team's strategy was to run as a pack, with as many runners together as possible. This increases the possibility of having many runners ahead of another team's scorers. However, our main group stayed together too long and ended up behind too many of Trumbull's runners."

Finishing first for Staples and 4th overall was senior Ingrid Johnson with a time of 17:21. "Ingrid's time was outstanding," Simonsen said.

Hanrahan (17:25) was behind Johnson in fifth place. She said, "My strategy was just to stick with Ingrid for as long as I could. It makes it so much easier to run with a teammate, especially Ingrid, and it helps that we both encourage each other through the hard parts of the race."

Simonsen added, "Emily has emerged as am amazing second runner and was right on Ingrid's tail."

Finishing ninth, 10th, and 11th were junior Caroline Smith (19:03), senior Emily Harris (19:21), and junior Alex Popkin (19:25). Hanrahan said, "Caroline Smith and Emily Harris both had great races. It's Caroline's first year doing cross country and she has been a great addition to the team. Emily Harris had been struggling with medical issues and I'm very happy she's finally healthy and running extremely well."

In 14th was junior Courtney Mullen (20:02) and Myers (20:36) placed 17th.

Staples will compete at the Bethel Invitational tomorrow. Hanrahan said, "We have our first invitational this Saturday at Bethel - I think it'll be a good opportunity for us to run as a team without worrying about the competition."