GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Darien finished well into the top 20 in the region and top four of teams from the state at the New England Championship meet over the weekend.
But the most remarkable number for Blue Wave girls cross country is the number one — for the first rate effort put into this season — and the number 25, for the number of years it has been since Darien — the team — last made it to New Englands.
Sophomore front-runner all season Anne Johnston finished in the top 20.
“We competed in the New England meet as a full team for the first time since 1987,” said Wave coach Steve Norris. “Four seniors have been with us for four yeas: Grace Loh, Ellen Bauer, Sarah Colon and Katie Farren. They have been the heart and soul of the team during the good and bad times.
“By performing so well in this, their final meet, they have justified their time spent and have proven themselves champions.”
Darien scored 399 points, running the 5,000-meter course in wet and muddy conditions at Twin Brooks Park in Cumberland, Maine.
Johnston ran 19th in 19:48.
Loh came in 67th in 20:44, Bauer 137th in 21:30, Colon 167th in 21:55, Sophie Long 207th in 22:37, Farren 216th in 22:45, Claire Walker 217th in 22:47.