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Leapin’ Lombardo and Big Throw McKeough take FCIAC events

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Junior Spencer McKeough broke a 29-year Darien High record. (Photo courtesy of Darien Athletic Foundation)

BOYS INDOOR TRACK

Double-winner junior Nick Lombardo led Darien at the FCIAC boys’ indoor track title meet at New Haven on Jan. 31.

Lombardo, who burst on the Wave football scene last fall with offensive panache, is showing the same jump in track.

He came in first with a high jump of 6-2, and had a winning long jump of 21-6.25.

Spencer has been launching the shot put in practice. We knew it was a matter of time before a big throw came.

— Tyson Kaczmarek

“We have asked a lot from Nick (Lombardo) all year,” Wave coach Tyson Kaczmarek said. “He is one of the hardest workers on the team and is relentless when it comes to training. He deserves to win both of these events.”

Junior Spencer McKeough won the shot put with a toss of 47-10.50, breaking a 1984 Blue Wave record.

“Spencer has been launching the shot put in practice,” Kaczmarek said. “We knew it was a matter of time before a big throw came. Spencer is a student of track. He knows the competition and puts in a very high level of effort every season.”

Darien scored 47 points for a third place tie with Ridgefield. Staples won it with 104.33 and Danbury came in second with 92.33.

“This was a great meet for us,” added Kaczmarek. “We came into it needing to see specific things happen and they did. We are now set up for our goal of making a run at a state title.”

States are Saturday.

“We’ve done the work and will have a clear plan for (the state meet)” Kaczmarek said. “The boys will need to be at their best when it matters the most.”

Trumbull was fifth with 35 points at the meet where 14 teams scored.

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C.J. Raia was part of the third place 4×200 relay for DHS. (Photo courtesy of Darien Athletic Foundation)

Cameron Smith was third in the high jump at 6-2 as well, while Patrick Reilly made it three in the top ten for DHS with an eighth place jump of 5-10.

Spencer McMullin was seventh in the long jump at 19-9.

Lombardo, C.J. Raia, Smith and McMullin ran third in the 4×200 relay in 1:34.77.

Darien’s sprint medley finished fifth, with Will Ardery, Rai, Cooper Drippe and Brian Davey running it in 3:52.99.

Fifth in the 3200 was Marshell Huffman in 9:59.78. Alex Rayhill was 20th in 10:33.56.

Darien had a sixth place finish from Davey in the 1000 in 2:42. Peter Kreuch came in eighth in 2:47.73, James Farrington was 12th in 2:52.04, 14th Andrew Xiong in 2:52.42, 15th Tim Grozier 2:55.27.

Seventh in the 1600 was Huffman in 4:35.18, Alex Ostberg was eighth in 4:35.24, Armstrong Noonan 13th in 4:40.75, Kreuch 14th in 4:44.70, Ben Olsen 16th in 4:47.24.

McMullin was eighth in the 300 in 37.40, Ryan Yuen was 13th in 39.21.

Judson Bergman came in eighth in the 600 in 1:31.27.

Michael O’Malley was 11th in the shot put with a throw of 40-07.

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