Jack Scott blazed to a 17:49 finish — a 5:45 pace — to take 8th place out of 1,355 runners in today’s Stratton Faxon 5K in Fairfield.
Jack was the 1st Westport runner overall, and the highest finisher for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp team — which included 6 other Staples soccer players.
That gave Jack the win in this month’s Octathlon of Champions event. It also vaulted him into 1st place overall, with 64 points. Foster Goldberg — who came in 114th in the 5K (22:50) — trials Jack by just 3 points (61). Two Octo events remain.
Yousef Shahini (51st, 20:37) and Diego Alanis (53rd, 20:37) rounded out Staples top 3 in the 5K, which began and ended at Jennings Beach. Also showing strongly were Noah Schwaeber (79th, 22:02), Sebo Hood (128th, 23:09) and Sterling Price (148th, 23:31).
The 5K drew entrants from 32 states and 10 countries. The Wrecker soccer players were part of the Team Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, raising funds for the very worthy camp that provides exceptional experiences for children with cancer.
Two other runners had Staples soccer connections. Charlie Stoebe — tri-captain of the 2003 team and a former Dartmouth College track star who now works for NBC Sports — placed 85th (22:01). Wayne Schwaeber — father of sophomore keeper Noah Schwaeber, and the assistant soccer coach at Fairfield Ludlowe High School — finished 414th (27:13).
“It was a great showing, by a group of very committed young men,” said Staples head coach Dan Woog. “And when it was over, some of them went off to play matches for their club teams. They’re setting a strong standard as we start getting ready for the fall season.”