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Corasaniti Leads Bears' Running Pack

Mike Corasaniti started out strong on the Norwalk High School cross-country team last year but he was derailed by a bout of mononucleosis. He is making up for the lost time this year. "He has come back with a vengeance,'' coach Bill Martin said.

The senior runner has been a fixture in the Top 10 in virtually every race this season for the Bears. He finished ninth in the results of Saturday's Wilton Invitational , then returned Tuesday to take ninth in a meet with teams from Wilton, Darien and St. Joseph. Norwalk defeated the Cadets, 26-29, and lost to Wilton, 20-39, and Darien, 21-39.

"Mike has been a real leader for us, because we're a young team,'' Martin said. "He's an outstanding runner, but he also is a good captain. He does a lot of captain thing with the team that a lot of people might not notice. He leads by example."

Norwalk has difficulty competing in the rugged FCIAC, which features some of the top teams in the state. But the team has some bright spots, in addition to Corasaniti. Three of Norwalk's scorers in the Wilton Invitational were underclassmen, including two sophomores. Norwalk had enough runners to field a junior varsity team and a freshman team. Martin believes better days are ahead if his underclassmen stick with it.

"These teams are real tough,'' Martin said of Wilton and Darien. "We had our hands full with them. Still, little by little we're getting there."

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