The Jonathan Law boys cross country team took on the Stratford Red Devils, the Blue Devils of West Haven High, at one of Milford\u2019s crowned jewels, Eisenhower Park, on Friday, Oct. \u00a05. The legendary Eisenhower Park 5K course is defined as a true cross country course, with racers facing rocky terrains, nooks and crannies, in addition to it\u2019s perfectly manicured new trails and even the occasional horse from the nearby stables. The race took place on an impeccable day, sunny skies, comfortable temperatures, and virtually no wind. Clearly it was the best day of the fall season. And, for a short time this day the quiet wilderness of the park would be filled with excitement of the many fans that gathered to take in the action. Each team\u2019s top racers were evenly matched, with Law\u2019s Mike Loschiavo the favorite coming in. Sixty-six runners toed the line as the opening blast went off. Law\u2019s Loschiavo and Tyler McKenna-Hansen, along with West Haven\u2019s Sebastian Villanueva and Stratford\u2019s Elijah Brown led the charge. A short distance away were Law\u2019s Dan Wasserman and West Haven\u2019s James Weber. The next three would be from Law\u2019s Nick Shugrue, Charles Wang and Amir Elhelw. Stratford\u2019s Paul Duncanson kept pace and stayed in the top 10 going into the one mile mark. \u00a0Later on in the race he and Elhelw would challenge each other down the stretch. With one mile to go it was clearly Loschiavo\u2019s race, as he expanded his lead over McKenna-Hansen. \u00a0 Villanueva stayed strong throughout, extending a lead over fourth place Brown. \u00a0 Wasserman, Weber, Shugrue and Wang stayed the course while Duncanson and Elhelw battled for the ninth spot. \u00a0 Sneaking his way into the top 15 was Stratford\u2019s Joshua Kydes who continues to shine in his rookie year. The finish saw Loschiavo in first place at 17:22. McKenna-Hansen in second at 17:26. Third went to Villanueva. \u00a0Brown was fourth, with a season best of 18:44. Wasserman placed \u00a0fifth at 19:07. Sixth saw Weber (19:28) outlast Law\u2019s Shugrue (19:32). Eighth place went to Wang at 19:37. Ninth and tenth place would see a long sprint by Duncanson and Elhelw. Many in attendance headed to the finish line as these two gutted it out in the stretch. Also at stake would be overall team scoring. A last second burst saw Elhelw get the nod in ninth place with a time of 19:42. \u00a0 It was Duncanson\u2019s first career top 10 finish in a well earned time of 19:44. Law\u2019s Luke Pleimann was 11th at 19:51. The next close finish was between Kydes and Law\u2019s James Marino. Marino outlasted Kydes taking 12th in a time of 20:24. Kydes at 20:26. \u00a0 The next five finishers came from Platt. Simon Nadiff led his team with a time of 20:37. Jaggar Art at 20:51, Ken Banfietti at 21:00, Andres Garcia at 21:03 and Brandon Kling at 21:04. \u00a0 Keeping things interesting between Stratford and West Haven was Hunter Axelrod with a 21:32 finish. With three already finished for Stratford and five in for Platt, the team scoring between these two teams was far from over and both teams rallied behind those who still would make the difference. \u00a0 Stratford\u2019s Tanner Mitchell, in a career best, managed a time of 22:39. Teammate Kevin Gabriel was Stratford\u2019s fifth place finisher at 22:42. He was followed by SHS senior runner Julian Pilla at 22:45. \u00a0\u00a0 Race officials, now at the scorer\u2019s table, were tasked with tallying up the final scores.The score would be tight between Stratford (29) and Platt (30). Stratford picked up its second win of the day by beating West Haven, 26-31. Final scores on the day: Law 21, West Haven 41; Law 15, Platt 50; Law 18, Stratford 44; and Platt 18, West Haven 36.